Due to what was an unfortunate lapse in vigilance on my part, I drank a juice that had sucralose in it yesterday.


I’m stupid allergic to basically any sweetener that isn’t sugar or high fructose corn syrup. This means that even stevia is out (it will cause a reaction so significant, I pass out).

Anyway, I spent yesterday in the ER and got an IV full of a kind of steroid.

Apparently it wasn’t enough though, because tonight I started having the reaction again. Good times. I guess it’s a thing that can happen so the nurse at my primary care’s office sent me to urgent care to get looked at.

The front desk at urgent care wasn’t sure whether I’d be back at ER or not, but the doctor there was willing to see me thankfully, and he gave me another dose of the same steroid, just this time as a shot instead of as an IV.

I also now have a shiny prescription for prednisone for a few days to make sure that it doesn’t come back.

Yay me.

This would be sort of annoying and possibly scary for most anyone, but the steroid component is especially dicey for me because it tends to destabilize my mood fairly quickly.

I’m praying that this massive influx in the last two days, combined with crappy sleep from it, plus MORE steroids doesn’t land me in the hospital. That would suck.

I’m honestly pretty anxious about it. I’ve managed to avoid inpatient hospitalization for almost two years. It’s a big deal. I don’t want to land in there because I lost my marbles due to steroids and the fact that I didn’t carefully read a label.

Man, that would piss me off.

Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson about being more careful about things I eat and drink. No more trying to guess or assuming things are okay just because I’ve never encountered a sweetener in an item like that before.

Hopefully, I’m anxious for no reason and this is merely a blip in the radar.

Image from Pexels.

2 thoughts on “Steroids

  1. Yesterday in my DBT skills group we talked about observing thoughts and my therapist said something about when we try to push the thoughts away, it makes it worse. I hope since you’ve acknowledged the thoughts here that they’re able to dissipate and you can get some peace.

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    1. Thanks. Yeah, I got reasonable sleep last night so that helps, and I am just keeping a watchful eye out for any odd symptoms, but not planning on them happening.


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