I live in a village in Jamaica, a country known for its extreme allergies.
I’ve been in and out of the hospital twice, both times for breathing problems caused by allergies, and a doctor recommended I get tested.
I was reluctant at first, because I’m a bit of a perfectionist.
I know I should never go to a doctor, even if I have allergies, but it was only natural for me to be cautious and to test myself.
And then, the test came back negative, which I was so relieved about.
I got tested again.
That was great news, and it gave me confidence that my allergy would be under control.
I had never been tested, and I didn’t think anything of it.
But when I tested positive, I had to deal with my immediate family members being worried about me.
They all were upset, and my mum said it was her worst nightmare.
I wasn’t happy.
My sister was crying too.
I don’t know how I managed to manage the situation.
I just wanted to find out what was going on.
What was going to happen to my family if I was found out?
It’s been four years since I got a positive test result.
And now I have to be on the waiting list for another test.
I’m not the only one.
In 2016, I was tested again, and this time I was told I was not being tested for something else.
So I was really shocked.
My whole family has had their suspicions about me ever since I was a toddler.
I couldn’t believe it.
I told my family to put a stop to it.
And they have been absolutely lovely to me.
I have no idea why they would do that to me, and they have said that they are trying to help me.
But it’s really frustrating.
I am really worried about my health and about my family.
I think it’s a bit ridiculous.
So my sister, who is an elementary school teacher, is also worried about the same thing.
She’s been really supportive and comforting me.
And my dad is really supportive, and has even offered to help with my tests.
I also have a sister who is a journalist.
I always tell her that if she needs anything, just ask.
She has done that.
I tell her every time I have an allergy, and she always asks what I’ve got to test for, even though I’m very careful about what I say.
I worry about my sister too, and we talk about it a lot.
When I test positive for an allergy and it is confirmed, I worry that my sister will be the one to test me again, because she can’t help me and I can’t stop her from testing me.
My parents and I live with the worry that I might be diagnosed and I will need to get tested again soon.
We are very strict with our allergy testing.
So what do we do?
My mother is really worried that she might be tested again because I was caught up in all the media attention about the negative test result, and the people she loves, especially my mum, are also worried.
I tried to explain to her that I’m OK.
She said she understands.
But she is still concerned about me getting tested again and my sister being tested.
We don’t really know how long we can keep that going, and how much time we can put into testing and trying to find a solution to the problem.
My mum also wants to get my test results to someone who is more experienced in diagnosing allergies.
But the problem is, she can only have one test at a time, and one of those is for an allergic condition, so she cannot take a sample.
So she can send me back to the lab.
She knows I have a severe allergy, but she’s not sure if it will take me a year or two to go back to her.
We also don’t want to get caught with a false positive result.
If I get one, I will be in trouble.
I will have to go to my mum and ask her to help test me, because otherwise I won’t be able to leave.
The only way to get out of it is if my sister comes and helps me test.
So, how can I be sure I’m okay if I don, too?
I know there are people who say I am crazy for having allergies.
There are so many people in my community who say they have them, too.
But for me, my symptoms are very mild, and there are only a few symptoms that are really severe.
My allergies are mostly related to the pollen in the trees, which is quite common.
So it doesn’t affect me in the slightest.
But my symptoms have changed a lot, and now I feel a bit better, too, since I have been able to breathe normally.
I can breathe normally again, so I’m feeling more at ease.
So the only thing I am worried