I’ve been itching and scratching for so long now, it feels really weird to not be itchy. There might be a little scalp itchiness now and then, or my arm will break out with some itchy red spots when I cut my dog’s hair and bathe him. It’s nothing like it was, only weeks ago.
On Friday I dared to have a salad with tomatoes in it — tomatoes being on my “don’t have this yet” list — and if there was any itching resulting from that, it was minimal. For dinner Friday night I decided to take myself out for fresh spring rolls and shrimp fried rice; I’d forgotten that shrimp fried rice has eggs (on the “no” list) and peas (ditto), and some sort of brown sauce on the rice. I’m pretty sure the spring roll dipping sauce had stuff in it that would be on my “oh HEAVENS no!” list — and there was not much reaction, if any.
And I credit this drastic turn of events completely to the L-Glutamine I’m taking.
It’s amazing to have experienced the extreme degree to which itchiness took over my life. Every decision I made for so long was centered around “can I eat this? Will this make me break out?” My body was so uncomfortable for so long, it forgot what normal felt like. Now I’m back into feeling what normal feels like. I love to take road trips, and in June and July wondered if I’d ever be able to be hundreds of miles away from home ever again, traveling, where I’d be dependent on what I could find at fast food places that wouldn’t trigger a big itchy spell.
Wow. Feeling normal and not-itchy is an amazing feeling, one I’ve always taken for granted, until March 2012.