top of that I have celiac, which means no wheat or gluten for me. Sounds terrible, I know, but have no fear – I still manage to live a fulfilling and adventurous life while filling my belly with allergy-proof foods!
I bring up the allergy issue, because I have had some pretty close calls. The problem with having such major reactions is you usually don’t know there is an issue until the IS an issue. I have asphyxiated to the point of needed medical revival. I have swelled up to the point that I couldn’t see. I have had such bad hives and rashes that you could not see a clean piece of skin.
Unexpected death from major allergic reactions isn’t at all unheard of. It happens more often than you think. People tend to focus on the more frequent and obvious causes of death, without paying attention to something like allergies.
Take a personal inventory of the items you are allergic to. Are they simple reactions or something major? These are things to consider in regards to your life insurance. Make sure the coverage is appropriate and includes the risks associated with such allergies. Be proactive!
Addie had a fondness for searching for interesting ailments on the Internet. The problem with her hobby was that she managed to convince herself that she had whatever she was reading about. The interesting thing was that she could point to something in her life to prove her assertion, which made it hard for her friends to convince her otherwise. Here is a snippet of a week with Addie and WebMD…
Monday – I couldn’t sit still and concentrate for the life of me while I drank my third cup of coffee. I think I might have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD). I’m going to get a Coke and ponder this further.
Tuesday – All I wanted to do was sit in my house and watch season three of Downton Abbey. I ignored my phone, and I think someone knocked on my door. I didn’t get up to look because I was too busy reading about Antisocial Personality Disorder.
Wednesday – I climbed a ladder to change a light bulb, got dizzy and almost fell. Could it be altitude sickness? When I barely caught myself, I began to wheeze. My allergies are acting up, so maybe it was my asthma.
Thursday – My favorite show, The Big Bang Theory came on! I love Sheldon. I read somewhere that he has Aspergers Syndrome. That’s a type of autism, isn’t it? I’ll have to look it up on the web later.
Friday – I took a good look in the mirror today. I need to go on a diet. Not liking how you look…isn’t that a symptom of Anorexia Nervosa?
In all likelihood, Addie doesn’t have any of these ailments or conditions, but even if she did, this would not prevent her from getting life insurance. Most people think life insurance is something you can put off until later. But here’s the thing: we don’t know when our time will come or how we will leave this planet, so it’s best to plan now…while we still can. Or in Addie’s case, while she is still here to wonder what, if anything she has.
So, to all the Addies in the world, relax. You’re fine. But prepare…just in case.