CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - "You should see the other guy."
Just kidding. I wasn't in a fight. Doctors say I'm suddenly allergic to...something. No idea what. Sometimes bodies change and something you've always been fine with -- COULD BE ANYTHING -- now makes you break out in hives. You wake up one day to red welts.
Mine started at the beach. Urgent Care prescribed strong steroids that must have worn off yesterday. On my first day back at work I woke up with a hive swelling my eye shut. I tried ice packs, putting spoons in a freezor, Benadryll and eyedrops. Nothing worked in time for the 5:30pm or 11pm shows. (Thank you Jamie Boll and Paul Cameron who rolled with this ridiculousness.)
I was first in line back at Urgent Care this morning and got a shot, more steroids and the good advice to take a generic Zyrtec or Claritin every day from here on out.
Never heard of this "sudden allergy" thing but apparently it's really common.
I post this as an explainer because of questions we're getting as to why I'm not on the shows. No sympathy needed. Promise. My eye doesn't hurt. It doesn't itch. It just looks dumb. And, honestly, it's pretty funny. You never know how to really laugh at yourself until you're taking a selfie of a precariously-balanced frozen spoon on your face listening to your 5-year-old tell you how stupid you look.
She's right, by the way.
Good news is the shot is kicking in (picture at bottom of collage - WAY better). Probably not fully clear in time for 5:30pm, but should see you at 11pm.
Hopefully I'll see you out of both eyes.
Enjoy the chuckle. I can't make this stuff up.