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13
Aug
10

sulfites in anesthesia. fact.


Attention K-Mart shoppers:  Hans has left the building.  Or as my friend Elliot stated on Facebook the other day, “look ma…no Hans!”

Yesterday I went under the knife and had a disgusting neck mass scooped out like a melon ball.  YAY ME!

It was a class act affair and Skokie Hospital totally rocks.  Very impressed with the whole scene.  I was worried of course, being a flamboyantly out of control drama queen, but I was mostly worried about the anesthesia and what affects it would have on me.  Specifically because I have heard that there are sulfites in a lot of them.  So when it came time to get to pre-op, I was chomping at the bit to have the consult with the drug peeps.  I told them about my allergy.  Skokie is a big teaching hospital so the resident who was assisting with the anesthesia (thank goodness for the ctrl+V button on my keyboard, that word is hard to spell) has never heard of it.  I felt all very puffed up and proud like a peacock to be a a part of her learning something new that day.  And I loved her because she said that even though my pre-op sarcastic wit was adorable and funny, she thought I needed a “little something” to calm me down.  I love her.  They were very cautious and did a lot of research in order to find the correct drug to administer.

Unfortunately, they had to wake me up on the middle of my surgery because apparently I was acting like Kung Fu Panda.  I think they were being nice but they did say that it was a good thing my hands were tied down so I couldn’t follow through on my karate chops.  It seems I was “slightly agitated” and *disinhibited during the beginning of the surgery.  And as my anesthesiologist/girlfriend stated, ” Well, Mrs. Moran, I think it’s just a good thing you have a kind and patient surgeon.”  Holy Hell, what did I DO?  After that I was in this strange state of half alive, have out of it.  I didn’t feel pain, but I could feel the tugging of the sewing.  I could hear conversations about someone’s kid playing little league and someone singing Cream’s Sunshine of your love.  A song I will always now equate to someone stabbing me in my neck, thankyouverymuch.  I also heard the resident who was sewing me up asking the doctor (after he said, oops) “um, Doc? how do I fix this?”  And the Surgeon saying..”Uh, it’ll be fine.  Just leave it.  Throw some tape on it. ”   HAYYYYY-YAH!

I KARATE CHOP YOU!

Seriously, the team was incredible and I would recommend my surgeon and that hospital anyone.

About the drugs.  When I came to my senses, I tried to ask one of my look alike nurses, Peg, June, ChristyMargaret,joanblahblahdrugsthatmakemehappyhmmmmmm

Anyway.  I asked for the list of meds that they administered to me and wouldn’t you know… not one of those 15 blurry nurses could give me an answer. I am going to call medical records and get it from them.  I think it’s really important to know for future reference.

I do know that when I recently had a kidney infection, before I found out about my allergy, my first antibiotic was not working so my old doctor gave me one called Bactrim.  It was BAD.  I reacted horribly to it, like I do with z-pac.  Of course I was getting the severest of the symptoms that I usually get when running into sulfites but I didn’t know it yet.  When I told my dr, he said to make sure to add it to my medicine allergy list.  When I was pre-op yesterday and telling one of the nirses about the sulfite allergy and my bactrim sensitivity, she said that it is really high in sulfites and I was inpressed that she knew that.

Here is a link to some poor victims who share bad bactrim tales  http://www.medications.com/effect/view/22714

THE DOLLS, THE PILLS, THE BOOZE

Well, this isn’t about booze, but I couldn’t resist the movie quote.  And you know how I feel about booze.

Other drugs to watch out for…

Tylenol with Codeine a.k.a Tynenol 3 or 4.   Here are the ingredients:

TYLENOL® with Codeine No. 3 contains powdered cellulose, magnesium stearate, sodium metabisulfite†, pregelatinized starch (corn), and modified starch (corn).

TYLENOL® with Codeine No. 4 contains powdered cellulose, magnesium stearate, sodium metabisulfite†, pregelatinized starch (corn), and corn starch

Whoops-a-daisy..don’t take those!

Here is another list that I found of Medications with sulfites       source

Bronchodilator solutions for asthma

  • Adrenalin chloride 1:1000 concentration
  • Bronkosol
  • Isuprel hydrochloride solution

Topical eye drops

  • Pred-Mild
  • Pred-Forte
  • Sulfacetamide
  • Prednisol
  • dexamethasone)

Injectable medications

  • Amikacin
  • Betamethasone phosphate (Celestone)
  • Chloropromazine (Thorazine)
  • Dexamethasone phosphate (Decadron)
  • Dopamine
  • Epinephrine (Adrenaline, Ana-Kit, Epi-Pen)
  • Garamycin
  • Gentamycin
  • Isoetharine HCl
  • Isoproterenol (injectable)
  • Hydrocortisone (injectable)
  • Lidocaine with epinephrine (Xylocaine)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Metarminol
  • Norepinephrine (Levophed)
  • Procaine (Novocaine)
  • Prochloroperazine (Compazine)
  • Promethazine (Phenergan)
  • Solutions for total parenteral nutrition and dialysis
  • Tobramycin

Finally, I have been wanting to talk to Dr. Mike and perhaps get a script for an epi pen, not really for my sulfite allergies, but for something else.  My reactions to apples and peaches, even organic and peeled, seem to be getting worse.  I had heard that there were sulfites in Epi pens.  They are indeed OK for us to you…here is documentation

http://allergies.about.com/od/fa1/f/sulfiteepipen.htm

So that’s all I have for now.  The Hans crater is sore and I am getting pooped out.  Next blog coming later is about where to find good organic meats and how I learned some disturbing news regarding sulfite spraying on dole bananas and some other fruits that I thought were safe.

Over and out, captain.

P.S.

*disinhibited definition, according to Wikipedia

Disinhibition is a term in psychology used to describe a lack of restraint manifested in several ways, including disregard for social conventions, impulsivity, and poor risk assessment. Disinhibition affects motor, instinctual, emotional, cognitive and perceptual aspects with signs and symptoms similar to the diagnostic criteria for mania. Hypersexuality, hyperphagia, and aggressive outbursts are indicative of disinhibited instinctual drives.[1]

Let’s see a round of hands for everyone who agrees that I hope I never see any of those people who were in that room ever again.  Especially if my disinhibition turned hypersexual in any manner.

P.S.S.

I love you.  Oooh Oooh Oooh.
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25
Jun
10

This is a test. For Sulfites.


Check these out!

You can actually check your food for sulfites!
I don’t know.  Would I?  Could I? Should I in a boat or on a car or on a float?

It seems really anal.  But if you are out at a restaurant and want to really make sure, I guess you can get some of these strips.  You know what?  YOU KNOW WHAT?  (Throws down glove) I am DOING it.  I will throw myself under a bus for all of you and try them.  Ordering….please hold.

F*%^$^%ck man!  They charged me 7 bucks for shipping and they were only $5 for the strips.  G.D. chemists.

All alright.  I ordered them.   When I get them, I will shove one of them in my Applebee’s meal and see if a 5 car alarm goes off.  Will let you know.  That’s how much I love you.

HAPPY FRIDAY

Today we leave for a weekend lacrosse tourney.  I have decided, with the meal planning help of AWESOME Tracy, to bring some light fixings in the cooler.  But not much more.   I am going to really test out restaurants and see what happens.  I may look like this on Sunday.

I will let you know.

Sidenote:  If you ate something funny and you need to make yourself throw up, go to Google images and search for “swollen”.  Happy vomiting.

update 8:55am

Oh, you are gonna love this.

I just got an email from the the chemists who make the sulfite tests.

People like this make this whole blogging thing really, really easy.

And I quote:

“Dear Ms. Moran,

Thank you for your interest in our Sulfite Detectors.  Unfortunately, ChemSee-Foods has a minimum order requirement of $30.00.

If you would like, we can charge an additional $25.00 for an additional 5 units.  That would bring the total order cost with shipping to $37.17.

Otherwise, I will be happy to reimburse your charge.

At your earliest convenience, please let me know how you would like to proceed.”

My response:

“I don’t need anything else from your company.

I think it’s too bad.  I have a blog that reaches out to (note the use of the world) thousands of  sulfite allergy sufferers and I notified everyone that I was going to be purchasing these and testing them for everyone.  You would have definitely gotten a lot of orders.”

So to all of the thousands (4) of pals who are reading this:  Sorry.  I tried.  They wouldn’t even let me near the bus.

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24
Jun
10

HOT DAYUM. I cooked something.


(Cue applause track.)

I cooked something that was actually edible.

One of my new sulfite-free buddies suggested a new cookbook.  I ordered it and I am having a ton of fun with it.  It’s called The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

So far I have made the avocado dressing and avocado mayo and they do the job.  My chicken sandwiches no longer taste like dried tongue.

Last night I made the Lime Steak and Pineapple Salsa and holy hell, they were really good.  My cousin Astroguy was there to pick up his son and he was a little pessimistic.  I don’t think he thought I had it in me to make the salsa.  Especially since A.) He knows I don’t know what the hell I am doing.  B) I don’t have the right mechanics i.e. kitchen equipment.

I am trying to do all the chopping in my blender and my Magic Bullet, of with you know I LOVE, but I need a Cuisinart or something.  Will have to break down and get one.

Anywho,  the salsa was OLE!!!  Will post recipe one of these days…it was good on the meat, which I served over rice and a side of sauteed kale.  But it would be good with just chips too…we were dipping pita chips in there and it makes for a great little appetizer.   It didn’t look that great, people, but it really tasted divine.

This is NOT my salsa. You should know by now that my salsa wouldn't look this good.

BEANS UPDATE

I finally was able to make an edible batch of them beans.  The world can now rotate again.

TRAVELING

We are going to a lacrosse tournament this weekend and staying in a hotel with no fridge.  What the hell.  What do I do?  I guess we can bring a cooler of stuff but that sounds SOOO high maintenance.  Need travel food guide eating advice stat.  The good thing is that I am sure that I will have a lot to blog about when I get back.

I CAN’T MAKE RICE

I can’t make rice.  I even bought a rice cooker from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  I still can’t make rice.  Seriously, what is wrong with me?

AVOCADO

I just realized that since I like avocados so much, I type that word a lot.  But I just noticed that I have been spelling it wrong.  I am too lazy to go alllllll over the site and change the spelling so I want to take this moment to apologize to you and please make mental note that I am a spelling blond.  That is all.

(I think Magic Bullet needs to start paying me for advertising. BUY THE BULLET.  http://www.buythebullet.com/)
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18
Jun
10

BOOZE ALERT!


My friend Tracy gave me a few names of some wine and beer that she does well with…I haven’t tried them yet, but you can bet your sweet ass I will get to that ASAP.

I have found that Sierra Nevada boasts of no additives and I do really well with it.  I am just kind of looking for a variety….change the bizz buzz up a little, yo.

Here are some suggestions from AWESOME a.k.a. Tracy….

Here is a hard cider link,  Tracy says only the original  http://www.organicscrumpy.com/

Our Daily Red wine…You can get this at Whole Foods, I saw it…sometimes Trader Joe’s has it…

Lindeman’s ….man, this beer looks good.

Also, I  bought some 1800 Tequila. Just click on the link.  Look at the dude.  He is so fricken awesome.  He drinks TEQUILA.   I have a recipe for a yummo drink coming up soon…look for it….thinking of name right now….

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15
Jun
10

And the guy in the white coat is…


….The real identity of Dr. Uke, the ukulele-playing medical man is Dr. Michael Unger of Allied Healthcare Associates.  He is located in Northbrook, Illinois and I can’t recommend him enough.  Check him OUTTTTTTTTT!

That is all.

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15
Jun
10

Handy Dandy Links


There are a few links out there that I have found helpful.  Most are repetitive, but here goes:

What is a Sulfite Allergy?

Alcohol Allergy and Intolerances or commonly known around this blog as the Seventh Circle in Hell.

What in tarnation IS a sulfite?

Difference between sulfite and sulfa allergy Potato.  Not Potato.

This guy seems to know a lot….

Sulfites in Bottled Water EGADS!  It’s really true…Dasani water funks up my shizzit

Great Allergy Free Support Group Forum

I really like a good sensitive cookbook. Seriously,  I am so ordering this.

AWESOME COOKBOOK.  I just just ordered this…can’t wait to get it.

For the Chocolate Lovers.  Apparently, All their foods are free of the 8 common food allergens and sulfites.   I found online somewhere that someone said you can eat their chocolate.

AllergyLiving.com Utterly Fantastic site and forum

Some sufferers have to worry about sulphas in meds and costmetics too. But not me.  I don’t think I am allergic to sulfas.  So I go crazy with them.  I can take that stuff and roll it all over my face.  Roll it alllllllll around, mash it up, put it on my head, sit on it, throw it against the wall…NOTHIN’….no hives, no throat closing.  But that’s just how I roll around here.  Bad ass.

GREAT NEW WEBSITE My buddy Tracy’s site and my Sulfite-free Guru

Sulfites and Sugar

Nice chart

Another fact chart

Yummy dried fruit website!

Housemouse site is helpful…

Info about bottled water…this is great info…some bottled water really affects me.

If you have any links to add, please let know know and I will update.

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Heather Moran

Crazed sulfite-free woman.

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