Monday, January 10, 2011

Undiagnosed

Shortly after Christmas, I developed a tiny bump on my right cheek. It felt similar to a mosquito bite so I assumed that's what it was (forgetting entirely that it is winter and I haven't seen a mosquito in several months). I scratched at it a little, but I wasn't overly concerned. I put some hydrocortisone cream on it and went to bed. The next morning around 6:30 I woke up to that spot being a little more red (which I attributed to picking at it in my sleep, which I usually do) and a general red splotchy-ness across my left cheek, which I brushed off as pressure spots and pillow creases.

Fast forward to 8:00. I walked in the bathroom to check on the "bite," only to see that the splotchy-ness had NOT gone away and had actually gotten worse. It was a noticable rash in a butterfly pattern on either side of my face. I texted Mama a picture and called her so she could tell me what to do. She told me to call the doctor ASAP and to call into work since she thought I could be contagious.

I went to my OB/GYN since I used to work for him and he would see me without charging me (although on a sidenote, I was allowed to go back on Mama's insurance as of January 2nd, but since this was before then, I was a uninsured). Between my doctor and two of the nurses in the office we came up with the following list of possibilities: allergy (food or other) that has developed at this point in my life, unusual detergents (which I haven't been around), hair products landing on my washcloths that I use for my face (since my volume spray and hairspray and other junk circulates through my bathroom when I spray it or have the hairdryer on, it's possible it got onto the washcloths that are folded near the shower), or lupus.

Yup, lupus. If you aren't familiar the name, it is an autoimmune disorder. It symptoms can include a butterfly rash on the face (check) and achy feelings similar to pre-flu symptoms (check for two days before the rash appeared), as well as shortness of breath (check) and anemia (check). It can be triggered by extreme stress (let me remind you I'm on anti-anxiety and antidepressants as a DIRECT result of the stress I have been under for roughly the last two years.) and can also cause a worsening in depression and anxiety. Cue the freak-out.

After us all agreeing we couldn't pinpoint the exact cause, he put me on a 6 day steroid regimen and called in some steroid cream for my face, and proceeded to make me promise I wouldn't stress because that would only make it worse (this was the Thursday before my Monday interview). I went to Kroger to pick up my medicine and children literally got grossed out at my face... I felt like the Beast.

Anyway, it cleared up enough by my interview that I could cover it with makeup, so I basically just wrote it off as a fluke thing that would be funny later. Except...

Now it's back. It's not as strong as it was before, but it is definitely a butterfly rash on either side of my face. I've been using my steroid cream for the last two nights (I just noticed it after I took my makeup off Saturday night), but it hasn't gotten any better. It also hasn't gotten any worse, but it is starting to itch again. To top it off, my doctor's office is closed due to weather (we got a snow day today, yay for pajamas and peppermint hot chocolate), so I can't get him to see me unless I go to his house (yes, I could do that if I wanted. Palmetto Preppy's mama is also his nurse, so I could just go to her house and have her look at it, too. Sadly, the snow and ice have my car blocked into my driveway since our house is at the top of a steep hill so I can't do either of those.), which I can't do today. I'm waiting until tomorrow to see if it gets any better, but if I can still see it AT ALL I will be calling him and going to see a dermatologist and/or allergy specialist.

Please keep your fingers crossed that I've just developed an allergy to something... I'm not sure how I would handle having something more severe.

7 comments:

  1. oh darling!! dish date soon definitely!! feel better. i'm sure it's just a fluke. i'll keep you in my thoughts!
    xoxo
    b

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  2. Oh dear! I am praying for you! I'm sure it's just an allergic reaction...but still praying!

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  3. Sending good thoughts your way that it's just a bad rash/allergic reaction.

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  4. I am so sorry to hear that! I'll be hoping that it's just an allergy!

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  5. Oh my goodness... I'll be sending healing thoughts your way!
    xoxo,
    Bee

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  6. Praying for you! LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    peace&love

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