Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sweet Life

First of all, thank you for all the emails and comments regarding the MRI. The results are in and somewhat unremarkable. I (like most people in the world) have a deviated septum. And as it is only slightly deviated, likely not the cause of the recurrent infections, and I lack the vanity to demand a perfectly straight nose, it will stay the way it is. I also have "majorly inflamed" sinuses. I was born in the San Fernando Valley of California, and therefore speak Valley Girl, so when I say majorly (or totally or like), I'm just making conversation. My doctor, however, is from Poland with a thick Polish accent, so when she says majorly, it means extremely. I've been prescribed a steroidal nasal spray to reduce the inflammation, which I'll be taking for the duration of our residence in Shanghai.

Next step is a bit of a miserable one. The doctor is sending me off for an allergy test, for which I need to fast from all antihistamines (Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Prilosec) for seven days. Yesterday was day one and I was super headachey and extremely grumpy (solved both by going for a 90-minute Chinese massage). Today is day two, and I awoke covered in hives which I'd scratched in my sleep, drawing blood. Nice, huh? I'm not sure how I'm going to make it a full week! The doctor is not hopeful that the allergy test will actually help with my situation (she's banking on the nasal spray helping more than anything). After all, if I have environmental allergies then I will just have to wait until our next relocation to permanently escape them. If there are food allergies (beyond the shrimp one we already know about), then I can at least try to reduce that exposure, which may or may not be affecting my sinuses but certainly are driving my poor, pale, sensitive skin bonkers. Majorly.

Now to leave you on a high note and distract you from all this talk of noses and blood. My favorite treats in Macau are egg tarts, a slightly Cantonese twist on a Portuguese treat called pastéis de nata. They taste like happiness to me. When our friends from Macau came up for a visit, they brought me a box of them which I relished. Today I found them in Shanghai, fresh out of the oven at Sam's Club of all places! They aren't quite Lord Stow's, but they did make my taste buds happy! Michael doesn't care for them, so I don't have to share with him. The boys, however, are a different story...

1 comment:

  1. Po-tats! YUM! But headache, grumpiness, hives?!?! What's next? hair loss and weight gain? Get this woman back on her meds please!!


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