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Darn it, Daniel: Can’t stop, won’t stop being allergic to my dorm

I was eager to tell every single one of you, my excellent readers, that I'm back and better than ever, but that would be a lie. 

You may be wondering if I lost my hearing due to my double ear infection, but that is not the case. Being the unstoppable force that I am, I demolished that double ear infection. "Then what's the problem, Daniel?" Don't worry, I'll tell you.

This past Thursday, I was going about my day and thought, "My elbows kind of tingle and sort of feel like they're burning." When I rolled up my sleeves, I found a rash on my elbows. I thought it was odd and went about my day. While on my way home for the long weekend on Friday, I noticed an itchiness on my thigh. By the time I arrived home, the rash had spread from my elbows to my wrists and all over my legs. So I took a bath and felt better, but at around 4 a.m., I awoke, tortured by my rash, and I couldn't sleep.

I went to the doctor the next morning, and we came up with a few potential answers: 

  1. I had an allergic reaction to the medicine for my ear infection. 
  2. I ate something I'm allergic to. 
  3. Stress. 

The doctor gave me a steroid, and it helped a bit. Because I had a class on Monday, I returned to campus Sunday night. But just as I thought the rash couldn't get any worse, it did. My hands got so swollen I couldn't fully bend my wrist. I went back to the doctor, and I was prescribed more medicine. I've decided the odds are high that I'm allergic to something in my dorm.

I wasn't sure how much more of this I could take. I'm losing my mind because I've been so sick, and now this? This column was originally going to let you all know I am taking a long break. But after I thought about it more, I was reminded that I am not some average Joe. I wake up every morning, brush my teeth and rinse with a tall glass of orange juice because that's the kind of guy I am. They won't let me go on Hot Ones because they know I wouldn't shed a single tear. 

I am here to tell you, reader, that no matter how many weeks in a row I'm sick, Darn it, Daniel will not stop. I am a force to be reckoned with and will only grow bigger and stronger. So, I'll see you next week. And if anyone ever asks you, would you rather always be itchy or sticky? The answer is sticky.

Daniel Gorbett is a freshman at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnist do not reflect those of The Post. What are your thoughts? Let Daniel know by emailing him at

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