My First Trip to the Allergist

Yesterday I went to an allergist. I didn’t know what to expect exactly. I talked with a few people who went to the same allergist I saw. One of them had back testing and the other had it on their arm…


Me? It was my back. I was given a sheet of different foods and told to check off what I eat.

Maybe they should have told me to check off what I did NOT eat.

The only things I did not check off on the sheet: barley, malt, coffee, hazelnut, and sesame oil.

Had I known what the consequence of checking off vs. non-checking off was, I would have lied and said I don’t eat.

I’m kidding. It was definitely quite an experience.

I laid on my stomach and the nurse cleaned off my back with alcohol. Yes, alcohol does sting me.


After my back was alcohol sanitized she proceeded to write on my back the different types of food I would be tested on. I could not have anything touching my back-my hair or hospital gown, etc.

One by one she began to poke me. Ok, I lied. It wasn’t just a poke. If you’ve ever sewn on buttons imagine that. You stick the needle through the button-hole and pull through so the thread is pulled through completely. Yeah, except imagine that in one swoop. Now imagine that over and over again. Yes, after a while it becomes somewhat painful.

Too bad as they tested me I couldn’t taste it in my mouth 🙂 One can think of weird things lying prostrate on the examination table.

After the first line of testing I starting anticipating the amount of pain I would feel. The pain grew with each “hook” especially the closer they got to my lower back-less skin and flesh to “hook”. Oh and what did they hook into my skin? The type of food I had checked off. If I remember correctly, the nurse said 90 “pokes”. Honestly, I lost count after 36.

After the poking, I had to lie still for 15minutes. No touching my back, no letting anything touch my back, no itching, etc.

The results?

Oh, there’s different levels. +/- , 1, 2, 3, and 4.

3-4 are STAY AWAY.

+/- , 1’s are mild reactions.


Please rephrase your question to: what are you NOT allergic to?!

Soy, almonds, potatoes, green peas, peanuts, celery, cucumber, salmon, scallops, tomatoes, cherries, and peaches.

Hm..am I missing anything?

Soy-soybean, soy sauce, tofu, etc

Peanuts- in the bean family. No beans of any sort.

Green string beans are ok-I tested negative for that.

Although I tested positive for salmon I’m thankful I can still have shrimp, lobster, shellfish, etc. Ah-I can still have SUSHI!

I’m still going to stick to my diet not as religiously though. A little bit of rice every now and then, etc.

After we left the doctor’s office I was overcome with itchiness. I’m assuming it’s from all that testing they did. I showed my brother my back and he called me a sicko! It was pretty nasty I looked in the mirror you can see red dots, scratches, bumps, etc. I’m assuming the more pronounced “scars” are where I tested positive.

My sister was laughing when I told her what I was allergic to. When we were little my mom made carrot and celery juice for us to drink. LOL.

My family LOVES salmon.

Majority of foods we prepare contain SOYsauce.

And potatoes are carbs-which I love love love!!!

Goodbye french fries, for good 😦 maybe. haha.

Oh…and the weather plays a major part in my eczema. I didn’t react so strongly at school because it was humid and sticky. I ate a lot of potatoes and soy products, ignorantly of course.

I most definitely want to go to China now 🙂

Oh and I would recommend seeing an allergist and being tested for food. It’s quite informative and most definitely helpful!

I Am Blessed.

I had a difficult time thinking of what to call this post. It was between God’s been good or I am blessed. Well, obviously you know what I decided.

In all honesty, I am blessed because God is good and God is good so that’s why I am blessed. 🙂

This past week with my eczema wreaking complete havoc in my life I’ve been crying out to God each night for some kind of relief, comfort, and strength. Everywhere I turned whether it was reading my Bible, listening to a sermon, or talking with someone the recurring theme was God’s goodness and how blessed we are no matter what struggle we’re going through. It has helped me refocus. I’m not better but God has really shown me a lot this past week.

I AM BLESSED…

1. Because of salvation and the assurance I will be going to Heaven one day.

2. I grew up in a Christian environment.

3. I am free from the scars and damage of the world because of God’s mercy.

4. I have no major regrets in life.

5.  I have attended a Christian school or been home-schooled since 3rd grade.

6. I have a relationship with my parents-not saying its perfect but we understand and respect one another.

7. My parents are still married to each other.

8. My brother and sister have a desire to serve the Lord.

9. I have never gone hungry or been without a place to sleep at night.

10. I have my own bedroom with a bed and a closet.

11. I am surrounded by people who love me and pray for me.

12. Godly friends-at home and spread across the continent and globe.

13. I have all 5 senses-touch, smell, hear, see, taste.

14. I am healthy compared to the rest of the world.

15. I have a full-time job with benefits.

16. I have a car that starts every morning-it has AC, heat, radio, power windows, and power doors.

17. I’ve had my gains than losses and I’ve known more joy than hurt.

18. My church uncompromisingly believes and stands firm upon the Bible.

19. My youth director & his wife changed my life-through their love, sacrifice, and time they invested in me.

20. My extended family is not at odds with one another. We enjoy and cherish each others company.

21. I live in a nice, clean neighborhood. Not saying it’s always safe but I don’t live in the hood.

22.  I discovered RU-a ministry I attend. I’m able to minister and be ministered to. It’s a blessing and encouragement to be surrounded by people heading in the same direction bearing each others’ burdens along the way.

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I decided to stop at 22 because that’s how old I am 🙂

Welcome to my Randomness XI

This week has been hard. A lot of things have happened to say the least. He and I are texting 🙂

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I went MIA this past weekend and got rest.

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I will be able to see an allergist on Monday! It’s what I’ve been waiting for these past two weeks! Lord willing they will be able to give me some type of relief.

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Wednesday I cried out to the Lord with my mom as my witness. I have never done anything of the sort in my entire life but it was good for me. I let it all out-my fears, my desires, my apprehensions, my anxieties, and my thoughts. It was freeing to have someone else finally share in the burden of what has become my life. Confusing I know.

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I’m praying about teaching in China. There is nothing keeping me here in the states. Of course after I pass my CPA exam I will pray more fervently. I have been in contact with someone about China. 🙂

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My lolo isn’t doing well. My family is travelling to see him this weekend. I wish I could go but I don’t want to get worse and we always stay up late with the family when we’re all together.

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This past week I’ve been in bed at 9pm. Amazing. NEVER EVER happens. I just wish I was able to fall asleep at 9 or 9:30 or even 10 but I’m not. I’m wide awake hoping to fall asleep soon but I don’t because of the irritation.

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September 11th is the first game for my volleyball league. I am SO EXCITED!

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A lot of the messages I’ve been hearing on my way to work this week have been specifically applicable to my circumstance. Today as I was listening to David Hocking I was encouraged and rebuked. He was talking about God’s blessings-he was naming blessings and comparing our lifestyle to the rest of the world.


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I have been blessed although I am suffering at the moment I can still say God is good. He has blessed me and is still blessing me. The blessing of salvation alone is enough God didn’t have to do anything else.

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This week I have clung to these verses for comfort:

PS 31

9Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

10For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

12I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

17Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

21Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

22For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

24Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Ps 84:11

11For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Rom 8:26

26Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Quick Update

About him.


Hehe. So, we’ve been texting.


I texted him an update about a prayer request I had.

He asked a few questions and apologized for any lack of reply if I had emailed him. CAN I SAY, that’s so sweet. 🙂

He’s been busy with heading back to school and what not.

There is a significant relapse in time when replying to each others texts-mine is on purpose; his is because he’s busy with school prep stuff.

All I know is I’m glad it’s going s l o w . . .

I need it that way.

Fwd: How to Stay Young

An email I received from my mom. Just had to post it 🙂

1. Try everything twice.

One woman’s epitaph read, ” Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!”

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

(Keep this in mind if you are one of the grouches!)

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, technology, etc. Never let the brain get idle.

An idle mind is a devil’s workshop. (The devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.)

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, laugh long, and laugh hard. Laugh until you grasp for breath.

If you have a friend that makes you laugh spend lots and lots of time with him/her.

6. The tears happen:

Endure, grieve, and move on….

The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves.

LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:

Family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, etc.

Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:

If it is good, preserve it.

If it is unstable, improve it.

If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips.

Take a shopping trip, even a trip to the next county, or to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10.Tell the people you love you love them, at every opportunity.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You make not get a second chance.


And if you don’t send this to four people, who cares? But do share this with someone 🙂

Remember: Lost time can never be found.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

It’s a Wonder

What rest, relaxation, and sleep can do.

I feel significantly better today than I did on Friday.

It was nice to do nothing but relax. I most definitely needed it. I know I’m not all rested up yet but this past weekend was nice. 🙂

Saturday all I ate was fruits. Same with Sunday, a majority of it was fruits and veggies. I had some shredded chicken at the request of my mom but that was all.

She commented on how much weight I’m losing. I’m not trying really. It’s just happening. I try not to eat after 7 or 8. (On the weekends I stray a bit from that) She already has me on a specific food intake, which in one swoop significantly decreases what I can eat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. If I’m too tired I won’t prepare dinner for myself. That’s what it is. To me sleep is more important than eating. I have more than enough fat storage my body can glean energy from for one night/day.

Tonight, I hope I can go to bed early, hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself. 🙂 Oh and I’m going to continue to make fruits and veggies a major part of my meals until I see the allergist next week.

Thanks for the best wishes!

Taken over by force

Today was supposed to be a planned out day.

Plans: Blood test at 11:30, Lunch with  a friend, Family time with my cousins and niece! Birthday party 4:30, Back with my cousins for more family time.

What happened?

I awakened at 9 to get ready for the day. As I was walking to the bathroom for my shower I noticed the only car in the driveway was the durango. Mental note: check to see if my car is even here. I went out to “my car” at 11 to go to my blood test in Covina. My car isn’t there! My dad had taken it. Ugh, drive to my dad’s work then to Covina. I was late.

As I was on my way to the bank I was overcome with intense itchiness, irritation and frustration. I had not slept well at all this past week because of my eczema. I completely broke down. I was tired. Tired of no rest, tired of my eczema, tired of not being able to feel any type of relief, tired of not seeing any type of results no matter what I did. Tired of having to be fine/ok but not up to par.

I broke down crying. I was tired. I was exhausted. I came home, fell into bed crying tears and crying out to God for any type of relief. I eventually fell asleep and awakened around 4pm.

My brother asked me how I could sleep that long. I told him I cried myself into an exhausted sleep. He was surprised. I reminded him that he has no idea how I feel. Albeit he has eczema but his is nothing compared to what I experience. I also told him he wouldn’t handle a day in my shoes. He agreed wholeheartedly.

I was in and out of sleep today. I won’t be in church tomorrow. I’m hopeful tomorrow night I’ll be able to go. I miss church. I didn’t go to RU Friday for hope of relaxation but I ended up doing laundry and chores because my siblings forgot I had asked them to. Even though I texted them to remind them. oh well.

So today, I was taken over by force. Not that I’m complaining because today was also the first day since I’ve been home that I have taken a nap on a Saturday.  I don’t remember a Saturday since being home that I have done nothing but relaxed and stayed home. Its nice actually. Oh and today all I ate was fruit. Tomorrow will also be the same although I was going through the fridge today. We have a lot of veggies. I may throw some green & red bell peppers, cabbage, zucchini, and green beans together. I’ll let you know.

Welcome to my Randomness X

So I admit I’m behind on my posts about what I’ve been up to lately. I’m making it up to you by providing a few pictures.

**All photos taken with my camera phone**

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Manhattan Beach was GORGEOUS!

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Pink’s Hot Dogs. We stood in line for an hour for those puppies!

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My mom went to the vitamin store last night she bought coconut oil, neem leaf oil, & neem leaf extract. The neem leaf smell horrid and it tastes like it smells too. Neem life is apparently good for your skin. It’s also been used as an insecticide and other uses. Look it up 😉

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Guess what I saw on the way to hang out with Nate?

This is pure beauty...

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It has been heating up lately! As I walk out of my car at 8:30 or 9am I do not expect to be hott and sweaty by the time I reach my office. OK so not sweaty but definitely uncomfortably hott!

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Really? What are these?! I wore these in middle school when I had no fashion sense at all!

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Oh and I love Americana at Brand in Glendale.

Americana at Brand

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Because they have Crumbs and Beard Papa’s 🙂

Crumbs cupcakes Samoa

I don’t have a picture of Beard Papa’s because Andrew quickly engulfed that cream puff!

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Just in case you didn’t see my WOC post. Here’s a teaser…

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This post was fun. Hope you enjoyed it!

Disneyland & WOC

Last Friday, Friday the 13th, I went to Disneyland.

We headed straight to California Adventure for World of Color fastpasses. We were hoping for the 11:15 showing but ended up with 10:15. The park opens at 10am and we were in line at 10:45.

We got fastpasses for California Soarin’ then headed over to Tower of Terror. We spent the rest of our time in Disneyland-Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, Pirates, Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World, we also got fastpasses for Space Mountain.

We headed back over to California Soarin’ to use our fastpasses then around 3pm we went to Red Robin for “lunch”

We were basically done with the park at this time we just needed to add Space Mountain and World Of Color.

A few stories, while we were in line at the Matterhorn this guy with downs started talking about the ride. He said unless we suffer from motion sickness we should be fine. The funny thing is I think Ben mentioned needing to use the restroom and hopefully he’ll be fine on the ride. LOL.

We saw an interesting character and actually bumped into her a few times. It seemed as if she was following us, according to the guys.

The character

For Space Mountain Ben tried to make a funny face but only got this far… Honestly though, he looks the same on all the rides…

Space Mountain

Then WOC was absolutely gorgeous! It was well worth the wait! We had the 10:15 showing. We headed over to DCA around 9:15 to make some food stops. Danny is in love with their corn dogs. Marc is in love with their ice cream. Anyway we got our food and assembled ourselves with a throng of people around 9:30ish. We did a lot of waiting, standing around, weaving in and out of groups, etc. We got a pretty decent view. The show is about 25 minutes long. Enjoy the few pictures! I have many more but you get the picture, no pun intended.

Pocahontas

This is the part where Dory asks, "DO YOU SPEAK WHALE?!?!"

The Palace from Aladdin

Sebastian from Little Mermaid (Under the Sea)

The colors were so beautiful!

As you can see, this is definitely a world of color show. MUST SEE!

**All photos taken with my camera phone**

I’m Not A Girl?!

Yeah. How would you feel?

Several months ago Ben and I were talking and he mentioned how I’m not a girl.

I suppose it’s because I don’t handle situations like a girl. Honestly, I wouldn’t really know how a girl would handle whatever. I suppose cry and pout til she gets her way/attention etc?

A few weeks ago my brother and I were discussing a certain girl and some drama happening. My brother made the comment, ” Dude, she’s a REAL girl!”

Me: Oh is there such a thing as a fake girl?!

I should’ve known better

John: Yes! You are so not a girl. You’re a guy.

Me: Well great. Here’s another guy thinking the same thing…

Relaying this newfound information to a friend during chat..

me:  I’m not a girl according to my brother and ben.

A-REI: I’ve thought that at times…
but i appreciate that about you 🙂

me: OMG YOU TOO?!?!?!

A-REI: lol
me: I’m being serious…seriously you think that?

A-REI: um… that sometimes you are not as girly as others?   yes
i don’t think you are a guy
that’s weird…

Unfortunately, we got to the side of the conversation where I’m seen as a guy because they’re comfortable with me, etc. Honestly, I never show a guy that I can be a romantic interest because I don’t want just anyone giving me the time of day and I most definitely don’t give just anyone the time of day.

Now that I think of it, I believe only two guys have seen “girlfriend/wife prospect” Melanie. Ex-bf and pf.

While we’re on this subject, I cannot flirt. What does flirting consist of anyway? Yes, I’m a girl because I am more than capable to connive, manipulate, and deceive- I choose not to, unless you’re a girl using the aforementioned tactics towards me. You will get schooled, btw.

Back on track, (not like we were on track towards anything anyway) not a girl=Melanie. I suppose if that’s what it seems like then so be it. I am who I am because of what I have learned through observations and experiences.

Is it so bad that I live in reality? Or that I am independent and opinionated? I suppose the man I date/(eventually) marry would like to know I am more than capable of stepping alongside him instead of pulling him along?

Are people supposed to know that about you right off the bat? To my understanding, that just means you’re on the radar for an MRS degree. It screams “PLEASE MARRY ME BECAUSE I’M 21 WITHOUT ANY PROSPECTS”

I know, I’m to act and behave womanly and lady-like, etc, which is most definitely not equivalent to being a girl in my eyes. Am I wrong here or do I just live in Melanie-land?