A year ago today I woke up early and went to a psychiatric clinic to have some blood work, because apparently blood work can even help in the treatment of mental health. Then, I went with Mimi and Tommy to some restaurant in Canton that I can never remember the name of that makes their food Southern-style. I also went on errands with Mimi, and then I went with her to Cici’s, meeting up Bebe and Shane in the process. It was rather exhausting. Even though the day was my birthday, I would have much rather have been able to sleep in since it was my day off.

Being the pessimistic and introverted person I am, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to include that.

This year for my birthday, I woke up early and went to my doctor’s office for my allergy shot. S hugged me for my birthday, we just chatted about random things like normal, she gave me my shot, and I left to go back to the waiting room. I have to wait about 20 minutes to see how I’ll react to my shot. It gets annoying, but I’ve gotten used to it. They have a TV that plays the same thing everyday, and they change it only sparingly.

My giveaway that was a combo of 6birds’ anniversary and my birthday, lasting from those two dates, ended at midnight EST today. Although I’m on the CST timezone, Rafflecopter wouldn’t let me change the time since I didn’t want to upgrade to a paid package with premium features. I mean, if I held giveaways monthly, I can understand why I’d need those features. However, I don’t, so I’ll live with just the basic widget. Jennifer won the necklace, and those of you who sent in the entry for your mailing address will be receiving a cute card in the mail soon. 🙂

I don’t think I’ll have another until around December.

I’ve had good and bad days throughout this year, some worse than others. Sherry explains well that this isn’t exactly predictable. I’m really happy to have found her blog, because her posts on PTSD have helped me to feel less crazy and to realize that I’m not making up the symptoms and effects of it.

On a health note, though, getting that allergy test in January has helped me a lot. I now know why I had such bad reactions to the birth control pills, and if it’s ever recommended for health-related purposes (such as cysts, etc.), I won’t allow it. I’m allergic to yeast and lactose, which is in all birth control pills. Mentioning that you’re allergic to “all birth control” because of their ingredients to a somewhat-handsome ER nurse, by the way, is both frustrating and hilarious, because he asked if I was sure I wasn’t pregnant. Then, to clear that up, I explained that I had to take them for ovarian cysts. Unfortunately, a lot of medications have ingredients like yeast and lactose in them that I’m allergic to. I suppose it doesn’t help that I’m allergic to penicillin, an allergy I knew about prior to the allergy test.

And as of 2013, I can also officially say I have a nut allergy. To stress the severity of my allergies, how nice it is that my dad has nice insurance and how thankful I am to have started the allergy test-and-treatment process, I have an EpiPen.

A downside to all the stress I went through last year, as well as the effects of depression and PTSD, the hair on my left side is much shorter than the hair on my right side. I know I would literally just pull my hair out, but I would pull off full strands. I think that it either finally caught up with me or I cut my hair when I was completely zoned out and unaware of what I was doing. In other words, a haircut for myself is much-needed. It’s going to have to be cut short, to make it even, but hopefully they can layer it. …and possibly even give me some side-swept bangs? No stylist I’ve been to can get it right. -.-

Anyway, this is my birthday update. It’s a rather random and atypical birthday post that you probably don’t anywhere else. 😉

Tonight for dinner, I’m going with Grandmama, Papa, Charan & Marc to Pei Wei. I wanted Chinese and am craving Panda Express, but Panda Express isn’t exactly the type of place to dine and eat a birthday dinner at, nor does it have fortune cookies absentmindedly resting on the drinks (sodas, tea, water, lemonade, etc.) and condiments bar that I can stuff in my purse on the way out…

So I settled for Asian. I’m choosing the sesame chicken. Since I’ve still not passed the kidney stone, I’m going to be drinking water with a lemon or two squeezed into it, since lemons’ citrus selves help break down calcium in kidney stones. I stopped reading the article once it got all scientific on me.

Shout out to…

Stephanie, who emailed me to wish me a happy birthday.

Hiro, Robin and Tori, who tweeted me wishing me happy birthday.

To pass the time, I’ve been watching a cute and funny collection on YouTube for a series called Larva.

And if you want to learn some things about me that you probably won’t find out anywhere else, read my interview on Strike a Prose.

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Hiro’s gravatar

Happy happy birthday~ 🙂 Most of my birthdays are quite bland, and we don’t really celebrate them, so if I were to write an entry, it would probably be a lot more like yours than some huge celebratory thing. XD

I’m glad you’re feeling a lot better now that you’ve gotten your allergies figured out and things. It’s never fun to be sick, but even less fun when you don’t know WHY you’re sick.

Kristine’s gravatar

Happy birthday, Liza! I hope this day brings you more joy than ever. And of course, I wish that you have an amazing birthday week ahead of you. 🙂

Angie’s gravatar

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a fantastic day! You certainly deserve it!

Julie’s gravatar

Happy Birthday, Liza! 🙂
Today’s is my mom’s birthday as well and she has been feeling icky all week, so my grandma told her not to worry and once her birthday passes she will start to feel better. Apparently, according to my grandma, the days before your B-day are a huge cosmic readjustment for your body and its energy draining, so once that’s over all the energy rushes back and things start to look up again. So perhaps, you will feel all better tomorrow or at least a little better 🙂

Malik’s gravatar

Happy birthday Liza! May God showers you with all his blessing and may you have a prosperous and joyful year! 😀 Since my birthday is 3 days before you, so yeah 😀 Happy birthday Liza!

Cat’s gravatar

Happy (belated) Birthday! I hope you had a great day yesterday!

I’m glad you figured out what you’re allergic to. I feel like I should take an allergy test too, since I think I’m allergic to a lot of things. I didn’t realize so much medication included lactose and yeast though. That sounds annoying to check for =/ I’m allergic to acetaminophen, which is also annoying since a lot of people carry Tylenol, and I can’t take any of it.

Congrats to Jennifer on winning the giveaway!

Sara’s gravatar

Happy birthday to Liza,
Happy birthday to you:~)

Sometimes you scare me. I used to have to take allergy and I also remember being frustrated with the wait. I was allergic to grass, dust, pollen and who what else, but nothing related to foods. The good thing there was a point where I no longer needed the shots…they do seem to work:~)

I hope this coming year brings you lots of fulfillment and happiness. You’ve done some very brave things over this last year. Keep that in mind when you start to doubt yourself. You’re a strong person Liza…I admire that about you. And don’t be shaking your head and saying no. I’ve seen how you’ve fought for yourself and how you’ve turned lemons into lemonade — which is good for the stones that rattle inside, both the emotional and the physical.

Stephanie’s gravatar

😀 I hope that you had a great time! I’ve seen a huge improvement this past year in your life, and I hope that things will continue improving!

Good luck on avoiding all those foods you can’t eat! Sounds like you’re keeping it up pretty well!

Christine’s gravatar

Happy birthday Liza! I hope you had a nice time and enjoyed your sesame chicken, too. I hope you can get a stylist who will listen to you. Sometimes they get so wrapped up in everything that they just forget about what we want, lol.

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I didn’t know yeast and lactose is in birth control pills. That’s too bad you are allergic to birth control … what if you really need it in the future? I suppose there might be alternatives in one way to use it but for health issues are there alternatives?

Maybe cutting your hair short would help with the pulling. If it’s short it’s harder to pull because there’s less to hold. Not sure if I make much sense.

Yay for Asian food on your birthday, haha!

Thanks for offering to host me! I would have taken the offer too if I didn’t have another subdomain lying around. I didn’t think it would be fair to my host to just leave the subdomain there since I can’t get any of my plans done! So I moved to sanghee.three-words.net

My brother Arron is 27 and he’s been mature for the whole life I’ve known him. It prob depends on person to person but I think a guy who is over 20 should at least not act like a preteen.

Maybe you could go to community college for an associate’s degree? You don’t really need more than that for a good job and happy life. However my family is just big on studying and it’s just pressure on me. -_-

Melissa’s gravatar

Happy (late) birthday! I hope you had a wonderful birthday! ^_~

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