Hello Monday--cupcake with berry

First: I just realized I forgot to get A Year of Marymoor up yesterday–will post it today. I managed to take the pictures yesterday but totally spaced the post.

So…onto the main post.

So as I’ve said before, I have histamine intolerance. Since we pretty much figured out what my issue is, my reactions have died down a bit. But now and then, I get into something or eat a little too much of the foods that are high histamine and it builds up and whammies me. So last night, I had a really rough reaction. I ate some chocolate the past few days, I had a little soy sauce, I had a few pieces of bacon, I drank water with a little lemon in it, and so on. And the histamine built up. Now, some weeks, having a few days where I do that won’t bother me. But, with the vagaries of this condition, you never know. So I was gambling and this time, the house won and I lost. Last night I was itching like crazy all over my body, and the hives started popping up. My nose was swelling a bit. So, I ended up taking a good slug of Benadryl.

The night wasn’t easy, even with the Benadryl. My back’s been out (pain can make histamine worse), and I’ve been stressed over the news (stress makes histamine intolerance worse), and I ended up spending the night tossing and turning. One side, my back ached. The other, and I was suddenly too hot (histamine intolerance can make the inflammation really bad and the body heats up). I’d kick off the blanket but then I’d get too cold. Blech.

So today, I’m cutting back down to only safe foods again, and going to drink a gazillion bottles of water (well, enough to clear my system), and I’m going to avoid the news because that’s been stressing me out, and just focus on the cats and my writing and things that won’t fuck up my body.

Living with food allergies, intolerances, and histamine intolerance isn’t a cut-and-dried condition. So many things can change how your body reacts. One day and getting cross-contaminated might lead to your inhaler. The next day and it can lead to the Epi-Pen. One week and the histamine in bacon won’t bother you, the next and it can send you spinning into a haze of Benadryl.

So…yeah. That’s my Monday. And I’m back to work, and focusing on the kitties and my home and all things beautiful.

Bright Blessings

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Hello Monday: Histamine, Histamine, Who Wants Some Histamine

7 thoughts on “Hello Monday: Histamine, Histamine, Who Wants Some Histamine

  • 01/17/2017 at 1:39 pm

    So sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling good. Hope cuddling up with your cat helps. It does with me. And I agree – stay away from the news. All they do is depress you and there’s not much we can do about it either. Here’s a smile story about our cat, Rudy: we got a free can of Friskies wet food – Catastic with chicken crabby sauce. Well, he can be crabby (he’s 18 or so) and he loves it. So we smile that our little crabby guy loves his crabby sauce food!

  • 01/17/2017 at 10:09 am

    That sucks and I so understand that. Guess I can just be lucky that the people I’m around enough are hyper aware of my food allergies. Only problem I have is them thinking I’m allergic to peanuts when I’m constantly telling them I’m allergic to cashews, not peanuts. At least they keep the nuts away in general. Anyways, hope you continue to feel better and that your kitties cuddle you.

  • 01/16/2017 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, sounds like the vagaries of migraines. Sending love and light your way

  • 01/16/2017 at 3:58 pm

    I know this all too well! I have a TON of weird food allergies. People don’t understand… and while this reaction might be tolerable, the next may not. My husband keeps pushing for me to get my allergies tested but I am a stubborn beast and if a food gives me a reaction, I just won’t push it a second time. I DO have to carry benadryl in my purse…. because sometimes a trip to Chipotle means there’s some cross contamination with avocado, despite my best efforts to look for it!

  • 01/16/2017 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my gosh!
    This sucks. And I think you may have come up why my daughter is so flipping itchy all the time.
    Have to tell her to talk to her Dr about the histamine intolerance.
    She struggles daily with all her allergies and sensitivities.
    Red robin used to be a pretty safe bet if we wanted to go out and celebrate something but this holiday season she got poisoned with brownie chunks in her shake.
    The poor waitress was horrified as my daughter face started swelling and welts appeared everywhere.
    I was shook since they knew she was G F right off the bat and it was marked on everything.
    Needless to say thank the gods for benedril and epi
    Hope you feel better

  • 01/16/2017 at 2:49 pm

    Blessings to you too. Enjoy your kitties and home.

  • 01/16/2017 at 2:26 pm

    Ack. I know the taking things day by day very well. I have Crohn’s disease and what sets me off one day will be fine the next. Sometimes days just suck for no clear reason. I’ve been struggling with keeping myself out of a flare for the pass few months. It sucks. We just need to celebrate the little victories and back off when our bodies rebel.


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