Dear Cabbages (and Kings),
Today's your lucky day! Boy, do I have a funny story for you.
During physical therapy, my therapist noticed that I double wrapped my ice pack with a pillowcase. He told me that I should make the layer thinner so my joint would benefit from the cold. "Well," I said, "If I don't double wrap it I'll get red and break out in hives."
Then he said something that sounded like a joke: Are you allergic to ice?
Pffffft - that's so dumb. Who would honestly be allergic to ice?
He continued: Have you had any cold weather injuries?
(The eff is a cold weather injury?) I sat and thought about it. I've spent the majority of my life in either tropical climates or semi-arid desert. No frostbite or anything.
OH WAIT A MINUTE. There was that one time I got hypothermia.
No, for reals. I was playing lacrosse in the sleet and freezing rain while wearing short shorts and a t-shirt. Don't roll your eyes, folks, I live in southern California and it was a surprise storm, okay?? After my dad picked me up from practice, I spent half an hour in the warm car, then went home and took my temperature. It was a cool 90.8 degrees Fahrenheit. As in, I should have been comatose, or something. Whatever - I took a hot shower and that solved the problem. My mom yelled at me a bit for not going to the E.R., but I'm here, right? I probably survived because my normal temperature hovers around 96 degrees anyway.
So it was that fateful day that my body decided it didn't like cold stuff. Now, any prolonged exposure to cold/ice/etc will make me turn red and break out in scaly hives. I AM ALLERGIC TO ICE.
What. The. Actual. F#@%?!?!?
Are you guys allergic to anything? I don't want to be alone here.