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I gotta get through this

You've got to be so careful when you suffer from contact allergies. They're sneaky. Hiding in the smallest corners, they pounce at the slightest opportunity, get you in a mere moment of inattention, ruin your life.

There was a clothespin hidden in the collar of the new blouse I was wearing yesterday. By the time I got home, the skin at the back of my neck and down to halfway between my shoulderblades was puckered and weeping..and itching like mad. From past experience, I'd say it'll take about a week, or a week and a half, to heal. All the while, itching like mad. But I mustn't scratch. Scratching will make it worse. I'll just have to keep smothering it with ointment, and try and ignore the itch.
Why didn't I check that blouse more carefully before I put it on? I know I was running late, but I should have remembered these things can happen!

Contact allergies are a pain. I can't wear jeans (or any other clothes with metal rivets, buttons and\or zippers) without a full body-stocking underneath - which basically means I won't bother. I have to be extra careful in selecting any underwear. I can't wear jewellery unless it's gold with only the barest minimum of base metal in the amalgamation, and even then I may develop a rash. I can never tell you the time because I can't wear a watch. I had one that I could pin to my jacket a couple of years ago, but I got sick of people asking whether I was a nurse all the time. I can't wear (sun)glasses without the skin of my face puffing up and breaking open. I can't wear metal slides or clasps in my hair. When I was in hospital for a minor operation, I had to scream bloody murder to be allowed to go into theatre in my nightshirt, and operated on in the buff, rather than in the hospital-issued robe that closed with push-buttons made of some kind of metal.

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kallysten
Oct. 28th, 2003 04:05 am (UTC)
i can't imagine what that would be like...
*makes sure there's no metal on me that could touch you & hugs*
gamiila
Oct. 28th, 2003 04:43 am (UTC)
i can't imagine what that would be like...

Bloody awful, I'm tellin' ya! ;-)

I suppose I'm lucky, though -- I've heard of fellow sufferers who can't even turn a doorknob without sparking off a reaction! Me, I'm usually alright, as long as I don't forget to check and double-check everything that may come into contact with my skin.

*makes sure there's no metal on me that could touch you & hugs*

Awww - thanks, sweetie! That's done me the world of good! *hugs back*
julchek
Oct. 28th, 2003 04:27 am (UTC)
Ouch, sweetie! This sounds so annoying, and painful. Hope this bout clears up quickly.
gamiila
Oct. 28th, 2003 04:51 am (UTC)
Cheers, love. It doesn't actually hurt much, but it is annoying and uncomfortable...and it looks gross. Thankfully this time, I can hide it under my hair and high-necked jumper.
pepperlandgirl4
Oct. 28th, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
I have the same issues, though I don't think they are as bad as yours. Unfortunately, my eyes are extremely sensitive to the sun (because of my contacts) and so I have to wear sunglasses. As a result, I have a permanent mark on my face. Can't wear watches...won't even tell you what happened to my ears when I wore earrings...

It sucks. I hate it.
gamiila
Oct. 29th, 2003 11:45 pm (UTC)
...won't even tell you what happened to my ears when I wore earrings...

That's actually how I found out I had this problem. Had my ears pierced at age 16 and hypo-allergenic, surgical steel studs put in. A nightmare followed -- and of course it took a couple of weeks for the penny to drop. If it ever really did because I had several more incidents that year, before I decided to hie myself off to a doctor and have it looked at.

But yeah: it sucks. I hate it, too.
bogwitch
Oct. 28th, 2003 10:10 am (UTC)
ow
db2305
Oct. 28th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
Ew, that must be such a bore. I have a mild wool contact allergy, but that is easily avoided. Hope it heals soon, and when are you coming to visit again?
gamiila
Oct. 29th, 2003 11:36 pm (UTC)
You just can't wait to admire my new boots, now can you? How's about sometime next week, or the week after?
db2305
Oct. 29th, 2003 11:54 pm (UTC)
There is a limit to the amount of eps we can view in one night...Three ready, next one coming up. Pick a night (no Tu or We).
gamiila
Oct. 30th, 2003 02:05 am (UTC)
Well, this coming Monday's taken up with yoga, so what do you think of Thu Nov 6th? Or else, Nov. 10th just before I leave for Blighty?

BTW, have I ever expressed how unbelievably grateful I am that you're willing to share your DVDs and obsession with me on such a regular basis? It really means a lot to me - also because it keeps me from going flat-out bug-shagging crazy from waiting for Net5 to start broadcasting BtVS again. And why is it that, even though I already have the final series on tape, and have seen it all too many times already, I can't wait for it to be shown on terrestrial television as well?

Of course, Auntie have started airing it this week - but as it's shown before the watershed, they make these rotten cuts. Beneath You's final, emotionally wrenching scene was totally ruined by them editing the "get it hard; service the girl" and other references yesterday, making Buffy's clobbering Spike completely incomprehensible. I wouldn't mind if they would have aired the uncut version later as they did last year, but it seems they've made no provision for that in their schedule now.
db2305
Oct. 30th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I caught the relevant (read: Spikey) bits of Lessons day before yesterday. Angel s4 is shown on Saturdays at net 8, are you watching?

And hey, don't thank me - it's such fun to share this obsessive behavior with a live person...and who's reputed to have great taste in boots.

Nov. 10 looks best for me. Deal?
gamiila
Oct. 31st, 2003 03:52 am (UTC)
Deal!

Mick mentioned AtS had started...Net 8? What's that, Yorin, RTL? I'll have to look for it -- I've programmed my TV differently from most of my fellow countrymen's. Net 5's 13 at my place, e.g.
db2305
Oct. 31st, 2003 04:45 am (UTC)
Veronica. And I have to renege on the deal, too..I should have walked down those stairs last night and checked my agenda. Sorry, I have a concert that night! Day after that? Friday the 14th, or are you gone then?
gamiila
Nov. 3rd, 2003 05:01 am (UTC)
Sorry, I'll be in London throughout that week (46). We'll have to make it some time after I get back then.
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