I resemble the above cartoon by Natalie Dee. In fact, at times, my husband likes to call me, “Mrs. Worst Case Scenario.” Although to be fair, he doesn’t worry about anything, so I have to do the worrying for two.
It would also not be a stretch to call me an Alarmist, and you all might recall the day the fire department came to my house. Better safe than sorry I always say…
Since becoming a parent, this
condition personality trait, has probably become worse. I admit to having a thing about germs, and again, my husband is a nice balance because he couldn’t care less.
I’ve also mentioned before that I have a wheat allergy, but what I may have failed to mention is how totally sick and miserable I was for months and how little my doctor at the time did to actually diagnose and help me understand my condition. This all happened nearly ten years ago now, and I’ve spent the last decade struggling at times and learning the hard way about what foods I can and cannot eat.
For a while my allergy was under control and I could actually tolerate small helpings of wheat without becoming violently ill and having painful swelling in all my joints (the awesome reaction I get when I do eat wheat). Then last summer I slowly realized that I could no longer tolerate even the smallest servings in casseroles that had cream of chicken/mushroom soup or eat french fries from fast food restaurants that also fry breaded items like chicken nuggets too in the same oil. I seemed to be getting less tolerant or super allergic (is that even a thing?).
After years and years of having a grip on my allergy I have recently been having episodes that are very similar, but not necessarily when I’m eating wheat. It’s been particularly bad since the late Winter/early Spring, and I’ve been worried it might be something else…
It’s times like this that I turn to the world wide web to take my suspicions and turn them into full blown panic.
Diarrhea (sorry if that’s TMI), Nausea, Sometimes Fever/Chills, Weight Loss (this was awesome to a point), stomach pain/cramping, joint pain, tingling in hands & feet
:::::Click Submit and the Computer Spews a List of Possible Ailments::::::::
Congratulations! You could be suffering from any of the following:
- Celiac’s Disease
- Lymes Disease
- Chron’s Disease
- Graves Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Snake Bite
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Food Poisoning
- An ancient curse
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- West Nile Virus
Cue panic induced Google Searches of each of my possible ailments as diagnosed by a general adult female symptom checker on the internets.
Of course, I run through each of these with my husband and he blows them off completely. I tell him he won’t be laughing when I kick the bucket and he’s stuck with the three kids alone. I continue on about my worst case scenarios and he rolls his eyes and tells me to go see a doctor…this shuts me up momentarily because I hate doctors and my primary care physician is now over an hour away from my house. This hasn’t been much of an issue over the last five years since I moved here becuase I’ve only had about two “sick visits” since that time.
I’ve actually been so sick the last few days on and off that I made an appointment today to go see my doctor for the first time in three and a half years. I’m not happy about it, but even less happy about feeling so shitty (literally), losing so much weight that even my skinny clothes don’t fit (and not having a budget to go buy more clothing), being in a panic about what’s ailing me, and finally my nickname from my smart ass husband…instead of Mrs. Worst Case Scenario he’s now calling me Drop Dead Diva.
Secretly, that’s hilarious, but if I’m terminally ill, he’s gonna feel like a real jack ass.
Wish me luck on Thursday!
Are you an alarmist too? A bit overactive? Or are you like my husband and at the other end of the spectrum and couldn’t worry any less? Leave me a comment! And while you’re here, help a Drop Dead Diva out and click on the link below to cast me a dying wish…I mean a vote on Top Mommy Blogs. Just one click and it casts an automatic vote for me! Thanks!