Friday, November 09, 2012
I am still recovering from my allergic reaction to an antibiotic - for the second time in six months. The lymph edema is much worse this time because my lymphatic system is still compromised from the last antibiotic allergy. My weight loss was at 31 pounds and I was looking forward to plowing through the weight loss challenges of the upcoming holidays. That was then, this is now.
Right now I am so swollen that it is uncomfortable to wear clothes. Between the fluid and actual weight gain, I've regained 10 pounds. Doesn't sound like much, but at this momement it feels insurmountable. The swelling is so concentrated in areas that I look like the Mechellin man!! Gearing up to climb back on the diet bucking bronco is taking all of the grit and determination that I have. As much as I don't want to, I know that getting back to tracking my nutrition and my exercise will help me to re-establish normal - something I very much want to get back to.
What really concerns me most is that I know exactly what actually triggered my current medical situation. I had two Pilar Cysts removed from my head. To perform the procedure, I was given local injections of lidocaine, three of them for two cysts. In short, I was over-injected and my body revolted, triggering a massive reaction that will take months for my lymph system to redress. (At one point, the excess lidocaine moved down to rest just below my left eye. I looked like I had a chrysallis attached to my face.) I'm worried about what will happen the next time I go to the dentist and need to be numbed with lidocaine. Probably my safest bet is to remind my dentist of the potential lidocaine sensitivity prior to each procedure. Perhaps dental lidocaine is different than the lidocaine used by dermatologists? That would be nice.
Now that I've vented, I do actually feel better. I'm certain that getting back on track nutritionally will also help me both physically and emotionally. Time to "cowboy up" and get back to it.