This week started on a low but has ended on a high 🙂
Monday I had my 4th root canal treatment in six weeks and I’m still not done. I asked my Dentist to use less Lidocaine because after my last treatment I had a huge increase in my skippy heartbeats and felt really rough for the rest of the day. I thought being as though I’d had the nerve removed from the tooth the treatment couldn’t possibly hurt, so less lidocaine would be fine. Hmmmm, think again. Two of the roots are clear but the third is still infected and having the infection scraped out hurt like hell. The good news is I felt fine afterwards though, so the few minutes of pain was worth it. I’ve now got my 5th temporary antibiotic dressing packed into the root and have to go back next week. Got to be honest, I’m fed up to the back teeth (no pun intended!) of the whole thing.
A friend of mine is currently in hospital and has similar blood blisters to me. She asked her Consultant about them and they are Campbell de Morgan spots, very common, totally benign and nothing to worry about. So that’s reassuring and one more mystery solved 🙂 .
I still have hives on my backside. They’ve been ongoing now for about 6 weeks and have taken up new lodgings in the crack between my butt cheeks which they’ve never done before. I should start charging them rent 😉 The Birch pollen season has ended so I’m obviously reacting to something unknown. I can tell my mast cells are twitchy because my bowel habits have gone down the toilet (no pun intended there either!). Since going low histamine my life-long sluggish bowel has improved greatly and I now usually have a bowel movement every morning after breakfast. But the past month this has gone haywire and I’m back to only pooping every 2-3 days and having to strain. Consequently I feel bloated and a bit nauseous. There is a definite correlation for me between how badly behaved my mast cells are and the health of my bowel movements – weird but not unsurprising considering the bowel is packed with mast cells.
Last year I was bitten alive by bugs every time I stepped out of my front door. I’m wary about using regular insect sprays which contain pesticides like Deet due to my chemical reactions and just loathe the smell of Citronella, eugh! Someone told me about Incognito, a totally natural insect repellent which uses eucalyptus maculata citriodora as its active ingredient. It’s expensive for a tiny bottle, and to be honest I really didn’t think it would work, but I gave it a go anyway. It’s brilliant stuff although it does have a very strong scent. I’ve been out in my garden, walking in woods and long grass when out with Bertie and I’ve not had a single bite, yayyy! Plus it’s effective against ticks and mosquitos. Available online, or from Holland & Barret and selected Waitrose stores.
Another thing I’ve discovered and love is Hay Max hayfever balm, another totally natural and organic product. It’s a vaseline based gel that you smear inside your nose, which traps pollen and stops it entering your respiratory system. I can walk in woodland using this and not come back sneezing my head off 🙂 Widely available but I get mine from Boots.
The sun decided to shine on Wednesday and Thursday and I usually feel much better in nice weather. I know I’m unusual in this respect, because most POTS, M.E. and MCAD patients feel rotten in hot weather or bright sunshine, but it always makes me feel like a new woman (so long as it’s not roasting or too humid – a gentle dry heat of 19-23C is optimum for me). My pain is greatly reduced and I usually have tons more energy. The only downside is that I also feel a bit wired and my sleep goes awol (I got about 2 hours last night).
Monday is my appointment at the POTS and Syncope Clinic over in Newcastle. I’ve waited 20 years to have my dysautonomia investigated at so I do hope the appointment is worth the 180 mile round trip! I’ll report back next week on how it goes.
In the meantime it’s Father’s Day here in England tomorrow and I’m going out for lunch with my parents which I’m really looking forward to. This is the view from the restaurant of where we’re going – I’m so lucky to live where I do 🙂 .