So this week my skin decided to remind me how much of an allergy queen I was. For the first time in about one and a half decades, I’m taking steroids because of an allergy attack. This time, it was not an mysterious anaphylactic reaction like those that used to happen when I was a teenager, but rather, a reaction to products used in a facial last Sunday.
I was so excited too – a facial and massage – a little treat for myself after two really busy weeks at work. I truly enjoyed the massage and even fell asleep during it (which is truly a sign of a good massage). The facial was a bit different from what I normally expect from a facial, but I had been there once before and used the products and not reacted so I let things go as they would. This facial was using Murad products – which had seemed to be working for me. I loved the texture, I loved the smell, I loved the effects of the products at home prior to this facial.
I left happy, and that evening I started itching on my neck and chin. I assumed that it was probably just the remainder of some of the products that were used during the facial and did not worry too much about it. I took a shower and went to bed. The next morning I woke up with a small red rash all over my neck. I ignored it thinking that maybe I just left the product from the day before on too long. At work I started itching and soon the itching spread up my neck to my chin. By the night my neck and chin were inflamed, so I took an extra antihistamine and put some E45 lotion on my face (which stung but I figured I had just scratched myself) and went to bed.
Tuesday morning I was so swollen and red that I almost did not recognise myself. It was an important week at work so I chose to go to work, only stopping at Boots to pick up some anti-itch cream and an extra box of Benadryl. I immediately used them when I got to work. I was itching so much at that point, that I could not even concentrate. I was so off-my-game that my supervisor noticed and lectured me on how sometimes, health is more important than work. He urged me to go to the doctor. I was still in denial.
Wednesday morning I woke up and my eyes were swollen, along with the full face. The itching kept me up all night and I had no sleep. I called in sick and got my tail to the doctor. She was a big pain in the arse by herself, but in the end she prescribed 30mg of prednisone (steroid) tablets per day for five days and then a prescription antihistamine that is twice as strong as Benadryl. I was very upset and because of my history with prednisone did not want to take it – but with the urging of my sister and several friends on my facebook, I took the tablets, slathered my face in coconut oil and went to bed.
The next morning, most of the swelling was down and some of the rash. It was still itchy but not as bad as before. It still kept me up at night but not as much as before. It was ridiculously dry and tight, and started feeling more like a chemical burn than anything else, but at least I no longer looked like I had rosacea, mumps and measles all at the same time. I was able to put a little bit of makeup on and feel a bit more like myself. I continued to take the tablets and was able to joke with some of the ladies at the office that I was on “a lot of drugs” hahaha…and no I don’t usually chat that much.
Today the rash is gone and all the swelling is down. My face is peeling like a really bad sunburn and extremely dry, so I am currently slathering on the coconut oil and my cousin’s miracle face oil to try to moisturize it as fast as I could. I feel like myself again except that I’m annoyed. Very annoyed.
I’m annoyed, not because this happened. I’m annoyed, not because I chose to call the spa and tell them what happened…I’m annoyed because the aesthetician that treated me is acting like I did something wrong, or that I’m faking it just to get her in trouble. This is what I have to say to her:
“Listen lady, I don’t know what your agenda was, but from the time I told you that I would come once a month to you instead of every two weeks like you wanted me to, you’ve been acting as if I was not worth your time. Your boss, was much friendlier to me and that gave me the confidence to perhaps come back so that you could see what had happened as he requested. When I informed you that I could not come after all due to an unexpected appointment, you were so sour in your emails that I chose to write this blog.
I have already taken a day off of work because of a mistake that you did although you saw my extensive allergy history that your younger, yet friendlier and more professional colleague had taken the time to do over a month ago. That took us about half hour or more to finish, so I was comfortable that you could deal with my allergies then. I am not going to take another day off of work to come down to your spa, which is at least 45 minutes away from where I work (as I mentioned to your boss on the phone, and to you while you were doing the facial) just so that you could see my skin and its condition so that you could fill out some stupid paperwork to send to the cosmetics company for their product testing.
I’m not a guiniea pig – and I loathe that you seem to be thinking that I’m okay being treated like one. The first sign should have been when you did not even know I had been there before. The second was when you did not seem to take much time to look at the paperwork. There were other signs after that, and your tone in your emails have just lost your boss a client. Luckily for him, he came across as professional and I’m not naming the spa on the blog publicly (I will however be telling people privately which spa it is if they want to know – and will be passing along which aesthetician to avoid at said spa). You however need to check yourself. You are in a service industry and you f*cked up. Instead of acting like you did nothing wrong, own it and be responsible for it. At the very least, apologise for it.
You messed up – not me – so please stop treating this like I have an agenda to destroy you, cause I don’t. Or at least I didn’t until you put me on the defensive – and even now, I am choosing to say this now and leave it alone. God bless you and give you everything you deserve.”
And that my dear blogging friends, is the last I’m choosing to say about this (unless you really need to know who and where). I’m not pointing fingers (okay so I am) so much as trying to warn you. If you have doubts always proceed with caution. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS – especially if you have allergies! The other thing I want to bring across is own your mistakes – we are all human, it happens – just own it or make the situation 100% worse. At least, that’s what I believe a mature, responsible adult lives their life. At least, that’s how I believe we should live ours….
Have you ever had a similar allergy incident similar to this? What would you have done in this case?