So, I went to the Drs on Thurs, officially for a blood test but in practise to tell the dr that he doesn't know what he's doing because I am still waking up far too much during the night unable to breathe. He listened to my prepared list of symptoms and then said, "You're sick."
He sent me off to a specialist, which I saw on Mon. He rocked up 4 minutes late. Then he read the letter from my GP, and read that I have uncontrollable asthma. He looked up, and said, "I don't think so."
He asked a bunch of questions, and then said that I have 3 problems. I was not haapy to begin with. I mean, who wants 3 things instead of 1?
- Nasal / sinus infection, which has lasted since having pneumonia 2 years ago.
- Lots and LOTS of allergies
The sinus is the reason why I wake up. Because my nose is so completely blocked I literally stop breathing at night and wake up. The ventolin wasn't hugely helping because it wasn't fixing what the problem actually IS.
Turns out I'm also allergic to dairy. Not the lactose in dairy, but the casein. It causes me to go massively into overdrive with producing mucus. Which was the cause of the persistant cough, plus meant that the sinus got worse and worse.
I'm also allergic to "three or four other things, possibly more," and I've had a full blood allergy test to find out what they are.
I was then given new meds - milder ones for my asthma, and meds for my nose. Result - the two past nights I've had the best nights sleep in more than two years. Only woke up once each night.
On the dairy front, this means COMPLETE ABSTINANCE. I'm not even allowed to eat MARGARINE. Only Nuttelex. Just broke the rules for the first time (only a lemon meringue, I thought it'd be ok), and am regretting it. Muccusy and gross.
So I can't eat
- Cheese (sob)
- Chocolate (sob)
- And all things good
Work is predicting that I'm going to also be allergic to wheat, gluten (they are NOT identical), peanuts and fructose. Because then I will be able to eat lettuce, and that's about it.
So, my dietry requirements as of the moment:
- No dairy
- No fried foods
- No strawberries
- No ginger
- Limited spices
- No soy
- No rice grains (flour okay)
- And MORE TO COME!
Sam likes new dr. New dr makes Sam all better. Even if she can't have cheese loverr's pizza followed by chocolate mousse.