I hope everyone had a good purim. I hope leora continues to recover.
I enjoyed baking treats for a few friends and brought some into work, and I loved volunteering at the benefit in the kitchen Saturday, it was a long day (10 hours on my feet), but it was so much fun. I got to help make the pizzas for the woodburning oven, did lots of veg prep, and managed to feel completely incompetent washing lettuce (which will actually be a great help at my job, since the apprentices often are frustrated by feeling incompetent at things they know they can do when they start, so having had similar expeirience lately, and being reminded what it feels like, will help me be a better manager.) Plus, we got to eat some of the leftovers which was so good. some of thebest pizza I've ever had. and everything else was great too.
Sunday night, I discovered I am very allergic to NSAIDs. I had taken less advil than I usually take over the course of a day for my horrible menstrual cramps, and all of a sudden had shooting GI tract pain. then after about half an hour or an hour it started to fade. I was taking a first bite of dinner, when I felt like a salmon bone got lodged in my soft palate. After trying to get it out, (unsuccessfully, since there was nothing there), it felt normal again, but my tongue started to feel like it was swelling up, and painful, but also the sort of numb movements you get as novocaine wears off. However, neither DP nor my dad saw anything swollen. I was having trouble swallowing, and while I could breath, it felt restricted. I was so scared, and thought I was dying. It slowly went down, thought my tongue felt weird for several hours. After calling my doctor, he said it was a not that common, but documented reaction to ibuprofin, and I should not take ibuprofin for a while. After he talked to an allergist, the answer is, I cannot take ibuprofin, aspirin, naproxen, or any other NSAID ever. Except I could possibly try celebrex, but it would have to be in the allergist's office, with adrenalin at hand. YIKES!!!
Now, of course, I'm freaking out, because without my standard 3 advil every 4 hours starting before the cramps start and not letting them start (keeping up the advil) for the first 3 days of my period, I CANNOT function because of the cramps. I can't really even get off the floor usually. And if I let the cramps start, that first day, it may take 4 hours for the first dose of advil to kick in. I'm on day four, so the cramps are painful, but tolerable, but I'm REALLY freaking out about next month. I can't miss work for two days every month. I'm going to try to see an ND about this, and see if maybe a month-round herbal regimen might help reduce the cramps but I'm quite freaking out about the future cramps.
If you guys have any suggustions (other than NSAIDs, which include advil, motrin, aspirin, aleve, excedrin, and naproxen, plus a ton of other meds that wouldn't be common for cramps but are used for other purposes) for the cramps now or next month, that would be wonderful. I'm asking everyone I know. Someone suggusted a little caffine yesterday, which helped make them tolerable, and helped greatly with the fuzzy-headedness, but 1 cup of tea at 2 pm, and I was up til 3 am because I don't drink caffine ever. the most caffine I normally have is a few bites of chocolate every couple months. I'm going to get some hot pads, and see if they help (I want one of those quantum heat packs, they're chemical packs where you press a button and they get and stay hot, but they're reusable, you just boil them for a little bit and they're ready to go again.) thanks.