I went to the doc’s last week to get an updates on the labs. You know, the testing they did on the SEVEN VIALS OF BLOOD they drew from me. I had a lot of trepidation the whole day, bracing myself for the worst, already planning for a life without chocolate, coffee, certain sugars… it was pretty bleak.
So the doc has a very slight hearing deficit. Every once in a while, in the middle of answering his questions, he’ll interrupt/shout: “HUH?!” It would be jarring if it weren’t so comical. “Do you have wood floors or rugs in your house?” “We have carpet, and it’s relatively new.” “HUH?!” “We have.. carpet. It’s pretty new.” It wasn’t like I had to shout, it just seemed like he randomly wanted me to repeat things.
Anyway, he handed me ten pages of results, ranging from avocados (gasp!), onions, cashews, and zucchini with dozens of other delicious foods. I almost wrote “edibles” but that means something different now, especially in the great state of Massachusetts. Anyway, the results! The highest sensitivity was a 2 (out of 6, being the highest.) For egg whites. There was a 1 for sesame seeds and a half for peanuts. In other words, nothing. Nothing that explains the all-over-body hives, scratchy throat, wheezing. Doc just shrugged and said, “If you get hives again, call me.” I was like, “That’s it?! What about the wheezing?” He says, “Oh. I forgot about the wheezing.” Pause. That pause turned into a longer pause. That longer pause turned into a realization that he meant the meeting was over.
So that’s it. A weird spazz of allergic reactions to some unknown substance, and I haven’t had it since. I have, however, noticed a little stomach queasiness that wasn’t there before after eating more than 2 eggs.
In other news. Education. Man. What a mess we’re in. I’m in the thick of charter school madness. I’m seeing some of the downsides, as well as why they’re so appealing. It’s maddening, but after being in public schools, it’s like choosing between fire and brimstone. Deciding to stay here another year and give my badly needed “expertise” or moving to a public school has been a wrenching decision. Ultimately, I’m deciding to stay in a place that I know I can make an appreciable difference in. Devil you know, you know? Betsy is making me nervous. But in all honesty, there hasn’t been a single education platform I stood with. I mean, since I knew how to stand for things in elections.
That’s all for now. I’m teacher tired which is a special kind of tired!