Is knowing you might not feel well worth the price to pay for a good time? Last night members of my graduating class were getting together outdoors. I knew there would be perfumes, etc. There was a good breeze going so I thought I would okay. I didn’t attend my tenth reunion choosing to wait until my 20th. I didn’t have as much fun as I thought I would have then. I was overweight and wearing braces on my teeth. I vowed that by the 30th, I was going to go and have a good time.
Then my exposure at work changed that. I have missed the last two reunions and reunion pre-parties.
I managed well enough with some of the fragrances (or so I thought) because the breeze (ok it was more windy than breezy) was keeping the worst of it away from me. Then towards the end of my evening, the cigars came out. I was fine as long as everyone was behind me and the wind carried the smoke away but when everyone changed spots the wind carried it right to me. I immediately grabbed my charcoal mask, finished my conversation, and decided it was time to leave. By the time I got home, my chest was uncomfortable, my eyes were itching and burning and I just didn’t feel well. I took Vitamin C, put drops in my eyes and eventually gave myself a histamine injection and went to bed.
This morning my eyes are still a little itchy, my brain is a little off kilter, my arm muscles are aching (but they were a little achy yesterday before I went) and my legs just plain hurt.
Knowing what I know would I have attempted to go? Yes! It was wonderful seeing friends from high school (some I hadn’t seen since the 20th reunion and some I hadn’t seen since high school graduation). I may have tried to stay further away from everyone and visit from afar but that wasn’t any fun. So, I am resting and letting my body calm down today.
I learned while visiting with a classmate that she can’t tolerate gluten, is lactose intolerant and the fragrance department in stores cause confusion. I do not like to hear that others suffer with similar sensitivities. No matter how severe the sensitivity, their lives have been impacted much as mine has been impacted. I promised to share my blog and information I have gained about gluten intolerance and celiac disease. So while I am under the weather today, I was able to touch someone with my story and in turn learn of hers.
Have you chosen to participate in an activity (indoors or out) knowing you my not feel well after? Was it worth it to you?