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December 4th, 2009

Itchy, Itchy, Itchy

Had a massive hive attack again last night (for those of you who don't know, this is the way my body typically deals with overloads of stress). As usual, the two main triggers were money and work. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for Benedryl dissolve strips; their introduction made these attacks far more manageable over the past couple years.

Given the choice between hives or panic/anxiety attacks (which I have also experienced when stressed), I'll take hives every single time -- at least I can manage those fairly quickly. However, that doesn't mean that the 10-15 minute timeframe after the obvious outbreak of a hive attack isn't an incredibly frustrating and uncomfortable short period of time.

The good news is that I got plenty of sleep last night (over nine hours) because Benedryl also knocks me out far better than any other sleep aid could. In the grand scheme, while I clearly experienced a lot of stress yesterday, it's not the type of thing that's going to derail what so far has been (and is shaping up to be) a really nice holiday season.

I just need to continue figuring out ways to deal with the sources of stress in my life.

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