hedgehogs & alcohol allergies

I’m walking home one night and I see this furry little gray animal on the side of the road. It was the size of a rabbit and is was so cute! I tried to take a picture of it with my phone, but it was too dark and it tried to hide in the bushes. So I nudged it with my foot (nudged, not kicked) to try to get it to move, but instead of running, it stayed still and felt all hard. Then I realized that it was a hedgehog and was sticking its needles out! That’s the first hedgehog I’ve seen, like ever!

So I also found out that I’m allergic to alcohol. Actually just intolerant to it. I went out with a few friends after class to get dinner and some drinks. I had one glass of wine (don’t worry, I wasn’t even close to being tipsy or anything). When I got home, my skin was all sensitive and extremely itchy. It lasted the whole night (I got maybe 2-3 hours of sleep) and the whole next day. I wanted to rip my skin off. It got a little better the second day, but pretty much lasted for about 4-5 days. It’s happened twice before, but usually only lasted a day, never this long. Whenever I would scratch, it got red and even itchier. So I decided to do some in-depth investigative research (aka Google search) and found this interesting discovery:

“Still, it’s more likely that you have an alcohol intolerance — which means you are more sensitive to the normal effects of alcohol. Alcohol can cause a variety of immediate adverse effects on the body, including headache, rapid heartbeat, nausea or vomiting, heartburn, abdominal pain, nasal congestion, or warm, red, itchy skin.

Many people of Asian descent experience an unusual flushing reaction after drinking alcohol — even in very small amounts. This is caused by a genetic disorder in which the body is unable to break down alcohol completely. Some research suggests that people who experience alcohol flush reaction may be at increased risk of alcohol-related conditions, such as cancer of the esophagus and liver disease.

The only solution to all of these problems is to avoid alcohol. “

– James Li, M.D.

So there you have it. No more alcohol for me. Which is good, cause it removes the possibility of me ever being a raging alcoholic. All because I don’t want to get all itchy. Or get cancer. Who am I kidding, I don’t care about getting cancer, I just don’t wanna be itchy.

I’ve been on my two-week mid-semester break, but have gotten absolutely nothing done. I had all these grand plans of getting weeks ahead on my homework, but that never happened. I tried to justify it by planning on exploring New Zealand more. But that didn’t happen either. I was itchy the first week. And the second week I got a cold. So boo. But today, I did get to go mountain biking with some friends. It was pretty awesome. I wish I could’ve taken pictures cause it was beautiful, but I was too focused on trying not to fall. The paths were super skinny. Going up was ok. Yeah I was out of breath and dying, but I survived. Going down was even harder. It was hard to control a bike with no shocks, and going too fast around sharp turns made me fall a couple times. All I got was a few scrapes, but I’m such a wuss when it comes to pain.

Let’s see – I finally applied to a few jobs, so hopefully I’ll get one soon. I bought one of those really cool mini tripod things for my camera, so I was able to go around taking pictures of myself. I am now my own photographer and model. Take a look at the new album I put up – it’s filled with super sexy sunset shots. It’s the beginning of a bright modeling career. Get it? Sunset, bright? I’m geniusly hilarious. Also, kudos to Jayson who is always the first to post a comment and has commented on like every blog. I’m thinking of maybe taking karate lessons. We’ll see how that goes.

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