Friday, December 20, 2013

It's Always Something!

As my wife is fond of saying, “It’s always something”.  I woke up Thursday morning like any other day, happy the work week was almost over, and happy that I am on vacation next week.  While in the shower washing my hair, I noticed that my lip was swollen.  Once before I had a similar experience that was an allergic reaction to one of my medications.  Yesterday history repeated itself.  I waited until I got to work to take a Benadryl tablet.  I knew it would make me sleepy and it is difficult enough to stay awake at work without taking medication that makes you sleepy.  I didn't feel sick but I looked I looked like Donald Duck or maybe a Hollywood starlet who took too much Botox.  Fortunately my untrimmed mustache hid most of the problem.  The last time this happened to me it took approximately 24 hours for my lip to get back to normal.  As the day went on, however, the swelling got worse and spread to my lower lip.  Fortunately my office has a clinic that is staffed by a doctor and several nurses.  I went downstairs, got examined by the doctor, and ended up receiving a shot of Benadryl.  I assumed that would take care of the problem and I went home with a sense of relief.  After I got home I took a nap and slept very deeply.  Much to my horror my lips were swollen even more when I woke up.  I was tempted to go to the ER because I felt like my lips might actually explode.  I took more Benadryl and watched a few episodes of "The Borgia's" to take my mind off my lips.  This morning my lips were still swollen but seemed better.  I stayed home from work and continued taking Benadryl every four hours or so.  I am happy to report that at this hour I am almost back to normal.  Life is often an experience of little irritations that seem to happen for no apparent reason except to annoy you or test your patience.  Of course, maybe this happened just so I could start my Christmas vacation one day early.  My lips and I actually had a very pleasant time being home alone today.

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