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The Day I wanted Cake

Did you know the song “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE isn’t really about cake? The song has been out for five or six years now (if I had to guess) and I’m just learning this fact now! Call me naïve but I like that song not only because it’s catchy but also because I thought there was finally a song out there that totally got me. I have to admit that I’m a wee bit disappointed.

So what brought on this little factoid, you might be wondering. Well, yesterday I was standing in front of my fridge wishing that a piece of cake would just magically appear. A nice, moist slice of cake covered in a sweet, thick frosting - maybe with a flower or other decoration on top for extra icing. Yum! So, of course, I started singing that song and doing a little shimmy in hopes that any latent cake conjuring powers I might have would come to the surface and reward me with what I wanted most. (FYI, this didn’t work. Either I have to do a lot more singing and shimmying to lure my powers out or I’m just not gifted that way {sigh}.) My sister called me during all of this and when I told her what I was doing she informed me that the song wasn’t about cake. It was like I was 8 years old again and learning the ‘secret’ about Christmas.

Yesterday I really needed a piece of cake too. I had to go back to the doctor’s office. A few days ago two red patches appeared on my cheeks (I looked like I went a little crazy with the blush) and my neck was really itchy. While the patches on my cheeks faded a little, my itchy neck turned red and inflamed. Then, yesterday morning, when I realized that it was moving down my chest I called the doctor. They couldn’t get me in during the morning and I had a 4 hour conference call in the afternoon. So I scheduled an appointment on Thursday. Well the doctor that I saw a couple of weeks ago called me back and said that I could come in after their normal office hours when I’d be free.

It was kind of eerie because he and I were the only two people in the office. Even all the nurses and other staff had already left - which makes sense, I guess. But it was fine. I was just very aware of this fact when I had to take off my shirt to show him the rash on my chest (I was cursing myself for not thinking of putting on a button down shirt so I didn’t have to take my whole shirt off [but I was happy that I had the forethought to wear one of my good bras {any ladies out there can totally feel me}]).

LONG story short, I’m experiencing an allergic reaction. This baffled me because everything that I put on my body is the same as I’ve always used: cleansers, body wash, lotions, etc…. I’ve even been using the same laundry detergent and fabric softener for years. But then I remembered that this weekend I started using this new face cream my sister sent to me. It’s a face cream that she absolutely loves but is a little spendy. I like using good, quality products too but I don’t think anyone should spend that much money on something that comes in a small jar that’s not even 2 fl.oz.! So my sister gifted me a jar to try.

It’s kind of weird because besides the red patches on my cheeks my face didn’t seem any worse for the wear. But my neck - which I also spread it on - was not having it! But it definitely could have been worse. No blisters or anything. Just redness, irritation, and an itchiness that drove me crazy! He gave me some hydro cortisone to apply and an antihistamine. Already I can tell that it’s starting to fade. Thank goodness!! And that jar of face cream is in the trash.

I was hoping yesterday’s visit to the doctor would mean that I don’t have to go next week to my scheduled appointment for blood work, but no such luck. I just hope I don’t get the same person who jabbed me three times to draw my blood. That hurts! I think my blood work is going to come back fine. I have so much more energy than I did several weeks ago. I do have my moments where I’m like, “I’m so tired I don’t want to move!” But doesn’t everyone have those moments? So I’ll just keep on doing what I’ve been doing and hopefully everything will be okay.

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8:26 p.m. - 2021-02-24

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