22 July 2010

You Sir, are ALLERGIC

So yesterday morning I'm sitting at my desk at work, where I've been sitting five days a week for over two years now, when my eyes started watering uncontrollably.  I went from normal Desk Sitting to OMG IT LOOKS LIKE I'M WEEPING AND I DON'T KNOW WHY WHAT'S GOING ON WITH MY FACE in about thirty seconds.
That was weird.
Then my nose started running.
I splashed some water on my face and told a bunch of coworkers that I was NOT having a nervous breakdown, despite appearances.
Then my face started getting all puffy and swollen, and there was a collective decision made by the Forces of Work that homegirl needs to get her ass into urgent care, stat.
Then on the way my throat started closing up.
Then I got there and they shot me full of whatever they shoot you full of when you're having an allergic reaction such that your body is trying to kill you.
Then because somewhere in there my Cough of Doom (a preexisting condition) flared up, I got to breathe some steroids on the nebulizer.

I ate kashi cereal and soy milk for breakfast, same as 90% of mornings.
Had coffee, same as 110% of mornings.
Was wearing clothes I wear all the time that aren't made out of weird materials.

Allergies that I have (that I know about (that I don't think are related to yesterday because, well, I DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF JOB)):
Latex* - When I was working in the medical field it got to a point where I would break out in a rash if I touched anything containing latex.  I remember we had a set of masks that were SUPPOSED to be latex free but the tie-thingies WERE NOT, so I had this weird rash ON MY FACE.  Now that I DON'T work with the stuff every damn day this seems to have eased/mellowed/perhaps disappeared? I've definitely come into contact with latex in the past 2-3 years without negative effect.  My preference is still to avoid it though, for obvious reasons.
*Why yes, this is the worst allergy EVER IN THE WORLD, and it can be VERY AWKWARD TO DISCOVER, if you know what I mean.

Nonoxynol 9 - This is ALSO a very awkward allergy to discover.

I get a rash when I spend A LOT of time in chlorinated pools, and all sorts of different beauty products make me break out, but I think that's more about sensitive skin that allergies.

My eyes get really crazy itchy and dry sometimes, but that seems to be more related to Extensive Computer Time than any other variable.

And that's it, that I know about, for preexisting allergies.
So what do you think?
I didn't do anything different or new, I didn't eat anything different or new, the weather has been the same (and that would be some SERIOUS sudden onset hay fever type allergies), etc.

I have an epi-pen now.