Cleaning the Showers!

This Saturday, a few of my teammates and I, along with the help of the XC families, cleaned up our school showers. The showers were really gross and needed a few updates such as shower curtains and towel hooks. One of the parents power washed the floors and the finished result looks a lot better.

A great team bonding experience before we start back at school.

Me cleaning up the showers!

Skin Testing for Allergies… you guessed it!

After getting blood drawn last month and having it allergy tested for my EoE, I had to go back to the hospital for a physical skin prick allergy test.  The doctors needed confirmation that although the blood tests stated I was allergic to eggs, soy, peanuts and of course wheat they needed to know if I would have a physical skin reaction and if those foods were causing my Eosinophilic Esophagitis.

A skin prick test is done by prickers that contain a little bit of the liquid allergen. The allergens are numbered on a patients back, and if the area becomes inflamed it means that the patient is allergic.

The after math of the skin test, while waiting for the inflammation to occur (you have to wait 15 minutes to analyze the results) felt like 10,000 stinging ants running around my back. It was SO itchy I didn’t know what to do with myself. My mum sat fanning my back to try and ease the itchiness which lasted about 20 mins after the test.

I was tested for peanut, soy, egg white, wheat (LOL), milk, and pecans. I learned that I am allergic to peanuts, soy, eggs and wheat (I already knew that though).

The photo above shows 1. Eggs 2. Milk 3. Wheat 4. Soybean 5. Peanut 6. Pecan 7. Saline and 8. Histamine.

I will go back to the hospital in the next month or so to discuss a spray for my throat. The Dr.’s did say that these allergies are only bothering my throat with inflammation- I am Asymptomatic with these foods however, need to stay away from them as they are damaging my Esophagus.




Sir Walter Miler

Yesterday I went to watch my very first Sir Walter Miler Championship, a competition where elite runners race hard to win the mile. It was a really cool experience, especially when the officials let my two cross country teammates and I into the inner field to watch the competition up close on the edge of the track.

The winner of the women’s elite mile was Lauren Johnson, with a time of 4.25, and Kyle Merber won for the men’s with a 3.54! Both amazingly fast times!

We had a great night and the bonus was my teammates and I met Drew Hunter one of the runners in the event that we have been watching over the past season.

My friends and I with Drew Hunter!