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Allergen Journal - Recording the Day of Potential Irritants

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My appointment is at 9:45 a.m., so I have time to sit here and see if I have my typical response to food this morning.

Every morning, until evening, I repeat many of the same behaviors. The same rituals for showering, eating, etcetera.

I'm currently finishing a cup of instant coffee with some non-dairy creamer.

We had leftover burgers, so I microwaved one of them for my breakfast. It's 6:04 a.m. it has a sesame seed bun, burger, cheese, pickles, mustard and.ketchup. land, buffalo wing sauce.

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Oh Oh 6:20 a.m.

6:20 a.m. I feel like there is pressure building. Better head to the toilet.

Nasal Drainage Clear

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6:23 a.m.

Gas. The initial pressure was a bit of gas. Things feel like they are getting ready to move, as in bowel movement.

Here it comes. 6:23 a.m. light cramping. There is a 'slightly dry' feeling poop. I can feel another movement. 6:24 a.m. This one, not quite as firm. Intestines are gurgling.


6:27 a.m.

6:27 a.m. some more pooping, along with gurgling. There is a sulfur smell. Slightly sticky poop. A little cramping.

Upon googling sulfur smelling poops, it mentions certain foods that contain sulfur, will produce a smelly poop. Upon reflection, I did have three ambassador hotdogs last night, in a Hawaiian bun, with mustard and homegrown sauerkraut.

I had also made deep fried onion rings, but I didn't eat any. I drank a beer after my meal. Busch Light.

6:32 a.m.

6:32 a.m., I'm still getting bowel movements.

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But Wait There is More 6:36 a.m.

Holding my stomach, and twisting my torso to the right, I get more gurgling. I think I'm going to poop again it's 6:36 a.m. My nose is now running. I did use some saline spray in it, because my nose is dry.

Thankfully, my mucous is not colored. Just clear.

6:43 a.m.

6:43 a.m. I'm off the toilet. The toilet has no solid poop in it. Just a pile of continuous matter. No rolling. More gurgling. I have let the dog in and am sitting on the couch.

I'm waiting for a phone call.

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Am I stressed? I may be. High strung? Probably. I will do my blood pressure.

I did my blood pressure several times. The first time it was high. I relaxed and did it a few more times. It dropped, and dropped, and then the dog barked to be let in, and it went high again.

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7:24 a.m.

7:24 a.m. now, I have a high pressure, liquid, almost didn't make it to the bathroom poop. Most certainly caused by the last foods I consumed.


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7:28 a.m.

7:28 a.m. I feel like I have to poop. There is pressure. I don't dare get up and walk away

We have two toilets in our house. I had to walk down stairs to use this one. I feel like if I would have had to walk further, I would have not made it without pooping myself.

It's slightly depressing. I'm assuming it's lactose intolerance. As I remember my life, I have had problems with sweets and perhaps milk.

Sometimes food cooked with, or dipped in butter. Sometimes not. Or maybe, always. I'm not sure.

50 years ago, mom would observe that perhaps certain foods were maybe too rich for me. Like, too fatty.

Back in the toilet training days, I recall her complaining that my poops were messy. Well. Nothing has changed.

I did eat quite a few chocolate covered cherries. Someone gave me some. Maybe they are the culprit as well.

Back to the beginning of my day. I showered. Combed my hair. Used eyeliner. Put lotion on my face. Shaved a little, here and there. (It's a great age)



I don't know if there is a spice that triggers this.

8:51 a.m.

8:51 a m. No longer pooping, but my coffee that I drank at 6:04 a.m. must be exiting.

Urgent Urine

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Driving to allergist, I needed to find a bathroom twice. And, once after I arrived.

We had a session. I had tried to list all my exposures to insects, metals, food, you know, pertaining to an allergic reaction.

After a period of discussion about my possible allergens in my life, the doctor selected 7 potential allergens to test me for.

My arm was marked. There was something that overshadowed my immune system reaction. There were 7 types of allergens in bottles drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, drip, drip.

Now, to wait for a reaction at each spot.

15 Minutes

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Itch. It itches. Like a bug bite.

The arm is turning red. I'm probably sensitive to the ink, as well.

I put off getting my Covid booster until I had this done because that produces an allergic reaction, as well. I will get it soon, however.


Well, it turns out I'm allergic to milk and black pepper. I have my patch test done later this month.

The patch test involves patches on my back for 96 hours. I have to have them installed on Monday. Recheck on Wednesday and Friday. Patches then removed on Friday

I will have to keep a record of my food intake and reaction.

Next Day 3:56 a.m.

I ate the last cheeseburger without buffalo wing sauce, with my morning cup of coffee. I'm now logging in my computer to put together a food diary.

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Food Diary

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I printed one for at home, and one for at work.

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Well. The final verdict is I have at least four substances I'm allergic to.

Milk, black pepper, nickel and gold.




The milk sentitivity and metal allergies I had suspected. What I didn't know or suspect was the black pepper. Well, the nickel allergy was an unknown but, I now know that there is nickel in food as well.

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