Since my last post I have had another episode which was not as bad except I ended up having a cold and found it hard to breathe so I went to hospital toget it looked at by ended up having an anaphylaxis reaction. So my 57 Billion Mast Cells decided to create a war on each other. Do you know how hard it is to control 200 mast cells let alone 57 Billion all wanting to attack attack. Just like good little solders, each one will do as they are ordered.
I was so glad when arriving at the hospital my doctor was at the hospital. Its such a relief as I did not have to explain what I have, what I ate, what my medications are. She said I. You come Tracy. Then after doing my vitals instructing staff to administer medications, an IV fluids and Tryase blood test.
Been able to take the added stress away from arriving at the ED, with the smooth process to being seen and medications given, greatly improved my speedy release from the hospital. My body still had to work hard at trying not to attack each other. My symptoms were breathing issues, chest pain, high BP, naesea, headache, numb face, voice changes, clearing my throat.
My eldest child took me to hospital this time, usually she comes in after the event when I am either home or on the ward. She was a great support but you could see she was not liking being there and mum has always been the one of strength, protection, nurturing and loving. Today was her turn to do this. She also called for back up to.
As this was only a medium level of an attack I was not as worried, but this time my body was sensitive to the needles and blood pressure cuff. I tried not to wince in pain when either of these were done.
I always what ever I am feeling try to talk to my support crew and staff. Try to smile, and appreciate the staff keeping my body alive. And all the time I am repeating a mantra to my body.” I am safe, i am being well looked after, my body is in a peaceful state, my mast cell will return to normal. Thank you. ” I have been told many times that I am so good when I am in the middle of a reaction. I know that my body needs to relax for me to go home. I am also trying to be strong. I know when my monitor beeps that my levels are changing or crashing. I always look or ask what my BP and other vitals are. 150/110BP.
The blood pressure cuff was way to tight this time and I told the staff. I can feel the looks around the room at this. After being in the ED for 25 times for reactions you have to sort of get used to being in a fish pond and everyone watching you for the first 1hrs in 5-15 min intervals. Another injection of steroids is given. Finally my blood pressure starts to go down. My normal BP is 100/65. This is a good sign. I am so glad my body continued to go back to normal. After 4 hrs I was allowed to go home. I was so glad as my last visit I stayed 2 days. Not my finest hour.
Our family relaxes into the usual routine again, mum is home. Today is day 21 on the road to pure raw organic mind body and soul.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Bye for now guys.
It’s been a long time. I have been on a journey, to discovery of the human body. For the past 15 months I have been struggling with anaphylaxis reactions, checked into the local hospitals around the area and getting to really know the staff. They have done amazing job with keeping my oxygen deprived body alive and breathing. Helping cope with the rashes, swelling, my sexy change in my voice, lol. Many of my friends think it’s funny when I start to talk like that but they all know that it’s a serious sign I need to go to hospital now. I have an allergist, dietician, therapist and my dr in town.
My family and friends have been amazing, all working together to find an answer. My Facebook friends have waged my journey which lead me to creat FAB – Food Allergy Brunch page.
After the last attack 25 April 2016 @ 3pm ended 27 April 2016. I also had a biphasic anaphylaxis too ( another anaphylaxis that returns in 72 hrs) I was glad I wasn’t feeling well and the dr said I was to stay, lucky I did.
I already had an appontiment at a specialist in Perth on the following Wednesday. Which has lead me to a new journey of Mast Cell Activation Disorder and Mastocytosis. My mast cells in my body go into haywire when I eat, get hot, get stresses or just because they want to have a party. For me it’s not a party as it turns in brain fog and possibly an anaphylaxis. Anyway with a little bit of help with diet and medication I should be all good to go.
We are having team meetings to get Outback Aromas back on track with more herbs and natural products also some food recipes too on the horizon.
Stay tuned to the new and improved me. Thanks for listening.
bye Tracy & crew.
No anaphylaxis for the past 70 days. No that’s something to celebrate, I have been able to breathe, think clearly, had more energy and enjoy being with my family without being in hospital. Like when you have a bee sting and a reaction the chances of getting another is viable. When you have an anaphylaxis your chances of having another increases. As I have had 13 anaphylaxis my body has gone from a chance to being an acute chance of reacting to anything I digest or body products I use. Fun stuff hey! Life is a challenge for the soul.
The Comprehensive Elimination Diet is a dietary program designed to clear
the body of foods and chemicals to which you may be allergic or sensitive.
I have tried to reintroduce new foods into my diet without any success. I now having a fortnightly chats with my Dietician and log my eating and symptoms daily. This has taken a bit out of me as I have to graph how my life is tracked. It will not get the better of my as I have a bounce back attitude. So what have I learnt about my new journey. Don’t ever take a little stress here and there not to build up and go pow. I have never had any allergies all my life lived in the country and been out in the bush with nature. I grew up in a family where you ate what was on your plate. To go from healthy eating anything to a low diet of not a lot, has been a journey not of my choosing.
My new challenge is to stay on this diet through Christmas.
theses are your ingredient’s: All gluten free rice flour
Potato, Chicken, Fish, Lamb, cashews, rice, lactose free cheese, leeks, parsley, butter, plain yoghurt, cabbage, celery, lettuce, oats, cauliflower, scallops, pears. Drinks Water.
That’s my list, see if you can add any recipes?
Chicken & Leek risotto
Chicken and Leek soap
Lamb & vegies
Chicken & Vegies
Fish & Vegies
Scallops & pears.
Whole pear cake
Potato bake & Cauliflower cheese
Waiting for your recipes to tantalise the taste buds.
Bye for now
I have been asked many times to tell my journey that the universe has planned for me. My journey changed on the 30th of December 2014. I was sitting on the lounge with my partner, we had just decided to have some fruit cake and custard while watching a movie. It’s was 9pm, I have these times engrained into my brain. I took the first bite and it tasted a little strong and tingled my tongue, like it was too hot. So I went and got a cold glass of water. 5 mins later my tongue is on fire and am coughing to clear my throat. As I have been allergic to Pineapple in the past, (the fruit cake had no pineapple in it, I rang the company a week later. You can never be too certain). I went for my steroid tablet. Remaining calm and waited a few moments. My breathing changed and I advised my partner that it had not improved, let’s go to the hospital to get it checked out. We left to go to hospital, which is 6 mins away. By the time we were at the hospital my heart rate was up and breathing was getting hard to do. We rushed into the hospital and tried to talk, I was so lucky living in a country town the staff could see I was not myself and rushed me through. Oxygen, epi pen given and quick monitoring by great staff. I was lucky that the doctor was near the hospital and was there to assist and monitor my progress.
My heartrate was still racing, lips, face, throat swelling another episode pen is given. Many questions are asked and monitored if you have no idea what happens in hospital when you have an anaphylaxis. An anaphylaxis is a priority 1-2, so the whole staff kind of keeping looking at you,when you turn up with these symptoms. Having no control over your body blowing up like the Michtellen woman. Is not a real party trick you want to do. Swelling face, restricted airway, high blood pressure, coughing, brain fog, headache. After 2 hours my vitals are finally stable after more medication, drips and more oxygen but guess what there is no going home as my heartrate is still not good enough.
My partner has been here through the whole event waiting and watching all of this roll out. He sit quietly not believing what is going on but remains calm, He is my rock.
The doctor has stabilised me and now my partner helps me to the ward with the staff. Who would have through that a quite night in would become an romantic night in hospital. We can all look back on this night and give thanks that I am alive and breathing. I give thanks to the wonderful staff at the Merredin hospital and my loving family. I spent the night in the hospital left the next day and travelled to Perth for the New Years Eve celebrations.
I watched everyone from the lounge as it took me 3 days for the full body swelling to go down. My New Years resolution was to enjoy life, be happy to be breathing and love everyone. This is the first part of my journey, a life changing one.
My jouney with allergists
COLD-MIST OR WARM-MIST VAPORISERS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
JUNE 22, 2015
A discussion has sparked over the differences and benefits of a cold-mist ultrasonic vaporiser versus a warm-mist. The distinction between the two lies within the type of vapour they emit, as the cold-air vapour is produced by the vibrations of water to create the cool mist (ultrasonic technology). Conversely, the warm-air vaporiser involves the heating of water until it reaches boiling point to create a warm steam. Both types serve the function of producing moisture in the air and in turn, assisting in the alleviation of symptoms accompanying allergies, asthma, colds and flu. When choosing to purchase a vaporiser, the benefits of each type must be weighed up against one another to determine which one will benefit your family the most.
Naturally, the fundamental benefit of the cold-air ultrasonic vaporiser is the lack of heating element. There is the risk of children and babies being burnt if they stray too close to a warm-air vaporiser as it is contains hot water, and hence reduces the safety factor.
Secondly, the ultrasonic vaporiser does not cause condensation, and thus does not lead to the formation of mould/bacteria. The heating element of warm-mist vaporisers creates condensation which can potentially becoming a breeding ground for mould and other bacteria if there is a lack of ventilation in the room. There has been media controversy recently surrounding the dangers mould can pose to your health without even being aware that it is present. Adverse health effects include asthma, bronchitis, cold and flu-like symptoms and hay fever, which hence counter-acts the function of a vaporiser (Nicole Bijlsma, Body + Soul May 2015). An ultrasonic vaporiser does not pose this potential hazard due to the absence of the heating element.
As a result of the benefits supplied by cold-air ultrasonic vaporisers, they are becoming more popular for use within the home and around children. They are devoid of the safety risks which warm-mist vaporisers present, and generally benefit the health and wellbeing of every family member.
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