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Nothing To Sneeze At

March 13, 2011


So I’ve got some good news and some not-so-good news for you guys. The good news is that my brother made it safely to Afghanistan after being delayed for several days in another country that, according to him, “also ends with ‘stan.'” He had this to say to our mother and his father about his new surroundings:

hey just wanted to tell yall i finally made it in country and oh man is it bleeping sandy here.

Not exactly a day at the beach. (What? If I can’t joke about his deployment, then the terrorists have won.)

More good news: David’s family seems to have sorted out their crisis. We’re still waiting for written proof, but it looks like everything there will be all right, fingers crossed.

And now, the not-so-good news: I’m pausing “Totes McGoat” this week because of Prednisone (and Xyzal, and Singulair, and — weirdly enough — Zantac), all of which I started taking this morning because I’m going to undergo rapid desensitization at my allergist’s office on Tuesday. Basically, that means I’m going to get several months’ worth of allergy shots in a span of three hours.

While this sounded like a great idea when I scheduled it two weeks ago, I’m sure as hell not happy about it right now. Prednisone gives me an uncomfortably warm, nausea-inducing feeling in my head, and leaves me in a fog where I can’t remember anything but I can hear a constant low humming. However, at the cost of one office visit (versus the cost of several months of shots), this procedure is supposed to save David and me a lot of money in the long run. Plus, supposedly I’ll get relief from this new mixture of shots a lot sooner. (Cedar, this is all your fault.) So, again, no “Totes” this week. But the exciting conclusion of Issue 10 will resume next Tuesday, fo’ sho’.

I keep forgetting what I just typed, so I’m going to end this post now. But keep your fingers crossed that everything goes okay in the allergist’s office. I’m going to have two Epi-Pens, but I really don’t want to have to use them. David’s offered to stab me with them, but hopefully it won’t come to that.

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  1. March 14, 2011 7:31 pm

    Type through that weird medication fog the best you can. I’ve suffered with seasonal allergy issues forever and hate what I become when my pollen of choice picks up the pace.

    Stay strong and I’m glad to hear your brother is alright.

    • March 14, 2011 10:52 pm

      Thanks, dude. I feel way better today, even to the point where I rewrote a chapter of my novel; perhaps I should’ve eaten more food with Sunday’s medications. I’m not looking forward to tomorrow morning, but I am looking forward to being less prone to cedar fever (if you ever come to Austin in January/February, that’s the reason everyone is sneezing their brains out).


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