Annoying Allergies, A Great Night, and an Award

Yay for the weekend! (for those of us who aren't working, that is) My skin hasn't been doing that great lately. My fingers are rarely clear for more than one day at a time, but this week, they were REALLY itchy:

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By the end of the week, the irritation on the top of my finger went down and it was the stuff on the side which was becoming really sensitive, painful, and itchy:

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I hate that - when there's irritation on the sides of my fingers because it's hard to not have them rub together throughout the day.

While this is was going on, I moved to a new cubicle at work. I got a slight upgrade, actually. It's a bit larger. I wore my nitrile gloves while I moved as to avoid touching a bunch of plastic, dust and the little metal plugs on the computer cords. My hands end up getting so hot in the gloves, though, and sometimes I wonder if I'd just be better off not wearing the gloves to prevent my fingers from getting all sweaty and even more irritated. I'm so afraid of having certain stuff touch my skin, though, that I guess I wasn't ready to try out that theory this time around.

Anyways, here's my old cubicle:

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We had to order a new glass counter-top because the glass had to be cut into three pieces for the new desk (instead of two):

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My skin reacts to laminate counter-tops.  I suspect the polyester which is used to make it. I've had some bad reactions to polyester clothing in the past. It didn't dawn on me about the laminate counter-tops until I had sores on my wrists.

One day when I was at my old job, I looked down and noticed my sores were exactly where I was resting my arms while typing and using the mouse. So, I covered the area in paper and my long-standing sores went away almost immediately. Hence me going through the trouble of making sure I have this glass counter-top. Luckily my boss is awesome and paid for it. If I didn't have the glass, I'd be spending all day thinking about NOT touching my desk. I'd constantly be distracted and more stressed. It's just not worth it.

To avoid using a synthetic mouse-pad, I use masking tape to tape down a piece of paper:

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I also use wooden push pins I found at the Container store to avoid the plastic:

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They're really cute, actually! I love 'em. I haven't bought the bamboo keyboard and mouse yet, but I plan to one day :-)

Now that I'm at the end of the week, I've got even more flare-ups and not in places I've been having them lately.

Such as the top of my foot:

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And this random reaction on my chest. NOTHING had touched that spot all day - literally - and that's how it looked when I got home from work:

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Weird, right? There's a raised area in the middle of it. That was yesterday. It's gone now, but I was so stumped as to why it was in that location.

I DID go to a super awesome dinner with my hunny and my old co-worker and his wife this week. It's one of our favorite places, actually. The two of us went early so we could sit at the bar and have some drinks and chat:

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Isn't that purse so cute? The fabric is cotton and you can buy it here. I LOVE it. It's my favorite right now.

So, this Italian place we were at has one of  THE coolest ceilings I've ever seen in a little restaurant. Check it out:

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So dramatic, right? Very unique.

I've been feeling like it would be a really good idea to cut out all of the foods which are high in nickel as well as all of the foods containing gallates. It's going to mean giving up things like chocolate, shellfish and wheat, so I decided to have my last hoorah. The bruschetta at this place, though, is totally worth any bloating. At least once in a while. You have no idea. The mozzarella is like fluffy little clouds of heaven:

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We got two plates of it for the table. It was ALL gone, too.

And this is what I had for dinner.

It.

Was.

Heavenly.

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Linguine with olive oil, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, scallops and shrimp. And the seafood was sooooo good. Great quality. Oh that photo makes me want some right now....

I did NOT feel good the next morning, though. I was actually up at 5:15am with my hair pulled back, ready to throw up. I ended up not getting sick, though, luckily. I just needed to sit for 30 minutes and wait for it to pass.

But in closing, this past week wasn't just about my allergies in a  negative way, though. I also got awarded the "Inspiring Blogger" award by fellow blogger, Susan, over at Food Allergy Chronicles!

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And I was very touched by her kind words:

The Allergista has a skin condition called Allergic Contact Dermatitis ( a form of eczema) is lactose intolerant, deficient in Vitamin D, wears only cotton and must avoid touching anything with nickel. She also has multiple allergies…chocolate, cashews, green, brown and white beans, spinach, canned food wheat, shellfish, ground meat, vitamins, figs, pineapple, prunes, raspberries, mussels, hazelnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds and licorice. There is more…click here for more about The Allergista. The Allergista inspires me with her enthusiasm for life…she will be an Official Expo Blogger at the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo in Chicago 2013. Click here to read more about it from The Allergista.

The rules are I'm supposed to tell seven things about myself and nominate other bloggers as well.

Here are 7 things about me:

  1. I had blond hair until I was a teenager, which is when it turned brown
  2. My favorite color is red
  3. Right now I'm in the middle of watching every single episode of Desperate Housewives on Netflix and I won't pick another show to watch until I'm done with this one. It's like the most awesome tv marathon ever. Netflix does that to me all the time.
  4. I like to garden
  5. My vision is reeeeally really bad
  6. I was a complete bookworm as a kid
  7. I think there's nothing like going on a great hike

And I nominate all of the allergy blogs I follow. They are all inspiring and I feel lucky to have them:

  1. Celiac And Allergy Adventures
  2. The Other Courtney
  3. EczemaExcellence
  4. My Eczema Skincare Blog
  5. Linda Sepp
  6. lifewithfa
  7. Photosensitivity & Solar Urticaria Blog
  8. My Food Intolerance Journey
  9. Surviving Seattle with Allergies
  10. Food Allergy Experience
  11. pinklikeabeacon
  12. A Tale Of Anaphylaxis
  13. allergictolifemybattle
  14. Dr. Derek Damin
  15. Adventures of an Allergic Foodie
  16. The Food Allergy Chronicles
  17. adaptingtoallergies
  18. Gluten and Allergen Free Expo
  19. The Crunchy Cook
  20. thesuperallergygirl.typepad.com
  21. Please Don’t Pass The Nuts™
  22. The AllergyEats Blog
  23. Onespot Allergy Blog
  24. The Allergist Mom
  25. dairyfreediner

Now, I'm going to go relax a little and then get ready for a night I'll share with you next week! ;-)

Posted on March 9, 2013 .