Ashley; she/her; MCAS, Autonomic Neuropathy/POTS, etc
Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) is a somewhat rare atopic disorder (a disorder involving allergic reactions) which affect up to 30% of the population. MCAS is characterized by episodes of anaphylaxis with symptoms such as hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, etc.
Autonomic Neuropathy is a damage to the nerves that control automatic functions in the body.
POTS is a blood circulation disorder that typically impacts female bodied people between the ages of 15-50. Some symptoms include lightheadedness and fainting (especially when standing up), fatigue, headache, brain fog, palpitations, and nausea. It's believed to impact between 1-3 million Americans.
From dealing with so many overlapping conditions, this subject described to me a very clear vision she had of drowning in all of it. Reaching toward the surface, we also see her central line - a medical device that assists with fluid or medication infusion.