So remember how I used to think people where kind of crazy when they said weird things happened to their body when they turned 40? Um, I’m really sorry about that, Karma. I’ve learned my lesson, you can go now.
I’ve had a pretty stressful year this year (for me. I realize this is all relative). The stress decide to manifest itself as a rash/hives combo thing – along with feeling tired and just bad. When it first started, then started to spread, I went to my doctor. She said, I think it’s an allergic reaction to something. Let’s wait a bit, and come back if it gets worse. Well, it spread, but it didn’t get worse – like no open sores kind of thing. One day it pretty much exploded all over my body. So I went back to the doctor and said, It got worse! She said, I have no idea. Do you have a derm? (thankfully, I do) I’m referring you to your derm.
I had to wait another few days to see the derm, and had an appointment with one of the PAs (the one I hadn’t met yet). She was a little bit wacky-dr-frankenstein-ish, but went as far as taking a skin sample and ordering blood work. She had an idea what it was, and prescribed some meds – both OTC and Rx, but wanted to be thorough. (thank you!) The funny part (because there is always at least one) was when she said, Have you been in the sun? (because a lot of my skin was very red like a bad sunburn) I said, No. But was thinking, Obviously you don’t know me or you’d know I shun the sun like a vampire. I’m the only one who goes to Cabo and comes back as white as I was when I arrived. So it made me laugh.
The other funny/odd thing is that I had just been to my dermatologist for my normal skin check. I had the flushed/red skin, but not the full-on hives thing that happened pretty much the day after that appointment! Anyway, my moles are all good – see the part about shunning the sun like a vampire.
So yeah, guess what, I’m not invincible. Apparently approaching 40 is just a nice reminder that I’m not 21 anymore – you know, the age where you think nothing bad will happen to you/you won’t get sick/that only happens to other people kind of thinking.
Also, my eyesight is getting worse. I will soon be wearing those ‘cheaters’ eye glasses. Good times.
I’ve found a new doctor I’m meeting with next month. My first appointment is an hour, which I hope is a good sign that this is someone who will really work with me to help me plan a good lifestyle moving forward to keep me healthy well into my old age. I’ve been reading some books on healthy living, and doing things now to stay healthy.
I’m also trying acupuncture, because if I’m going to stay healthy, I really need to work on my stress. I’ve had my intro appointment and just a short treatment, so I’ll know more when I’ve had at least my second – but full – appointment.