My trip to London on Tuesday to have my histamine and DAO tests didn’t quite go to plan. In fact it didn’t go at all. Monday afternoon I felt really unwell – achy, fluey and so exhausted I spent the entire afternoon sleeping. I’d done a little bit of gardening on the Sunday, just having a tidy up ready for winter, so I assumed I was having a bad ME day following on from that. But by evening the room started to spin and my head started to hurt. A lot. I assumed I was starting with a migraine and hoped if I could get some sleep it might have gone by morning (who was I kidding?!). Thankfully I dropped straight off, but woke at 1am feeling absolutely awful: my nose was streaming, I was aching, shivering, my chest hurt and my head felt like it was splitting in two. Yes my friends I’d gone down with a stonking cold. What are the flippin odds of that happening?! It was obvious I was in no fit state to even get out of bed, let alone travel to London. So at 6am Tuesday morning I cancelled my tickets. I was so incredibly frustrated and disappointed I wanted to cry.
However, it turns out it could all have been a blessing in disguise. My plan was to re-book for next week, but tonight when I was in the bath I felt an itch………..on my behind. Yipppeeee I have two hives, one on my left buttock and one on my right 🙂 . The best possible time to be tested, other than straight after a reaction, is when you’re symptomatic. I only usually get about 4 outbreaks a year, so I’m happy happy happy that I’m having one now. I’m not putting any steroid cream on the hives, even though they’re itching like mad, in the hope that they’ll get worse or multiply – sitting on a train for 6½ hours on Friday trying not to scratch a crazily itchy arse is going to be a challenge 😉 . I won’t get the results of the tests for some weeks, but I’ll update my blog when I do.
Autumn has most definitely arrived here in England, and today has been absolutely miserable. I’d forgotten how crap it is to have to walk my little dog under dark skies in howling gales and lashing rain (not that he cares one iota, though he does moan when I go to put his little dog coat on, which he thinks makes him look like a pansy!). To help fight off my cold and keep me warm I’ve added a tasty recipe for Butternut Squash & Red Pepper Soup to the Recipe Page (just scroll down). It makes enough for 6 people so I freeze it in individual portions, though I do have to remember to get it out of the freezer and pop it in the fridge 24 hours before I want to eat it as it does take ages to defrost.