Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This morning I had to run to the store to get allergy pills because I accidently ran out of Zyrtec.
A silly move on my part.
You see, several years ago I broke out in hives that lasted over a year.
I wish I was kidding.
I went to the doctor who was going to refer me to an allergist, but we moved before I could get an appointment.
I figured moving to Arizona would cure my itching ailment but my hives didn't care where I lived.
In Arizona I was forced to seek my medical needs at the base clinic, which had a waiting list of 3576 months, so I kept putting it off.
I had been living on Benadryl (w/coffee chasers) until my sister-in-love mentioned that she had her entire family on the generic Zyrtec that she had found at Costco. I immediately went to the drugstore, which was out of the generic, and plunked out a months' wage to buy a few little white pills.
It was money well spent.
My chronic hives went away.
I've been (relatively) hive free since.
Well, except for the last 72 hours.
A week ago I knew I was running low on those sweet antihistamines, so I trekked down to our closest bulk item grocery chain and bought my mass meds.
I noticed they were five dollars cheaper than usual, but I just thought it was my lucky-pharmacy day.
I didn't think much of it when three nights ago I woke up with the inside of my ears so itchy I couldn't sleep.
It didn't occur to me to check the bottle of newly purchased Zyrtec until I was about to go insane for all the irrational itching.
Turns out I hadn't bought generic Zyrtec, but generic Claritin.
Of course, I didn't catch my mistake until last night, when it was too late to hit the stores and I was in a Benadryl stupor...still very itchy, but too sleepy to care.
Everything itches: my eyes, the palms of my hands, and the inside of my mouth. My skin looks like I have been attacked by a tiger, for all the welts created by my scratching, but the Zyrtec is finally on board.
Relief is soon to come.
Posted by Kellie A at 12:17 PM