The Stinging Game

I have been waiting since early summer for an appointment with an allergist to see if I have magically outgrown an allergy to insect stings. The allergy clinic only does this type of testing twice a year: once in the fall and once in spring. The appointment can take anywhere from 1-2.5 hours. Easy peasy, right?

There is just one little problem. What if I am still allergic? Yes, I would love to know that for certain. Do I need to continue to toss unused, expired Epipens every year? Should I be making sure I actually have my Epipen with me at all times when I am outside in prime insect seasons? However, I have no memory of my childhood severe reactions to wasp stings. The experience of feeling my throat swell isn’t exactly high on my list of fun things to do. In fact, the prospect of having a serious reaction is somewhat frightening.

But maybe I’ll come home with good news.


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