Am I Having a Stroke?

Skin series: Episode 3

The doctor walks in and immediately looks at my swollen eye. But before he says anything about it, he says “Hi Dana, So what brought you in today?”

Me: “Im having an allergic reaction to something and I have no idea what it is.”

Doctor: “Yes I can see it, I see the swollen eyelids and the rash on your right eyelid. This is called atopic dermatitis and we have to figure out what your body Is trying to tell you that it doesn’t like”

Assistant walks in and says: “oooouuhhh girl I see it, what happened?”

Me: “My neck is ten times worse.”

Doctor walks around me and says “ooh yeah I see it.”

Now I have had a skin test for allergies before but years ago and was hoping that he would offer something different as a source of finding the culprit that is making me look like a blowfish with a rash. So I ask:

“Is there a special way that we can find out what is doing this to me?”

Doctor: “We can do a skin test. The skin test is done in one day, you wait here with us for 15-20 minutes and then come back in 48-72 hours so we can read the test.”

So yes this test was different but this meant I had to be itchy for 2-3 days in order to find the culprit. So I made up in my mind to not even consider it because I was already miserable and I couldn’t imaging going through this for any longer. I made up in my mind that that I would find another way that’s less torture. So I told him:

“Your right, we have to get down to the bottom of this.”

He prescribed me some hydroxyzine 10mg,. And stated:

“That should last you until we find out what is making your body react so drastically.”

Went to the pharmacy to fill prescription and took one dose immediately and within 30 minutes, I was no longer itchy but was severely tired.

I slept really good that night and woke up in the morning and showered. My Skin was a lot calmer and my eyelids were less swollen. I washed my face with a gentle soap and towel dried. Began to put lotion on the rest of my body and then proceeded to do my face care (face cream and etc) but then quickly realized that the right side of my face could not move. I ran to the mirror and looked at my face.

“OH MY GOD!….. Am I having a Stroke?!”

By Dana

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

Be and stay encouraged.

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