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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Yesterday I went to see my allergist. I had, on a previous visit, confessed my super secret hope--that somehow, I might have miraculously become unallergic (I think I just made a word up there, but hey, it fits!) to chocolate--and so in addition to the usual stuff that happens when I go there, I had a skin prick test done to check.

A skin prick test is just what it sounds like. They take a little needle and scratch it across your skin, and if the area turns red and swells up, then you're allergic to whatever it is they've tested you with. They also do a control before you start, where they scratch you with a saline solution (which produces no reaction) and then with something that triggers the release of histamines (which is what happens when you interact with something you're allergic to, and why non-food allergies can be treated with antihistamines*)

Anyway, the scratch that was supposed to trigger a reaction did--the area got bright red and swelled up like it was supposed to. And that meant they could then test chocolate.

Which they did. And--of course--in no time at all that area of my arm got all tingly and then itchy and then bright red and lumpy. So I'm still allergic to chocolate. No cocoa beans or cocoa bean related products for me. Boo, I say. Boo!

But enough about that. Here are some interesting links:

Are you a teenager who likes to write? If you are, Mark Peter Hughes is running a writing contest

Tate Hallway on the life of a writer. The part the really resonated with me was this: "...it's that sensation new writers get when they're first published and people treat them like, well, authors for the first time. Except, what I'm discovering is that the feeling never seems to go away. I still wonder why people think that anything I wrote is more than just so many words on the page..."

Justine Musk on the important of reading as a writer.

Tess Geritsen on how everyone knows plenty of interesting things.

*the really crappy thing about food allergies is the "treatment" available for them. It's this: avoidance of the food. It sucks.


Blogger Erin said...

"the really crappy thing about food allergies is the "treatment" available for them. It's this: avoidance of the food."

I hear you! I'm allergic to, let's see, gluten, dairy, and right now I can't have sugar. I feel your pain. ;)

January 10, 2007 11:56 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Scott said...

It makes eating a lot less fun, doesn't it?

January 11, 2007 8:18 AM  

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