Drawing as a Diagnostic ToolApril 18, 2016
Above: Sketches made while watching a movie—using one of those Cretacolor pencils that has multiple colors in the tip. This is the BEFORE image, the sketch made while I was stable on a group of allergy medications that had worked well for me for some time.
This past month has been “interesting.” March was also the month my allergist and I decided to change my allergy meds to see if I could move to lower dosages of different medications. (I got by on lower dosages with shots, but now, a few years out from shots I feel I’m taking too much medication.)
I’m very sensitive to medications. Because of that I’d rather not take them. But I make an exception with allergy meds because I really enjoy breathing.
Today, just for grins, I’m showing two images. The first image shows sketches made while on the old medicine regimen and the second image is a sketch made on a new medication I only lasted 4 days on.
I think you can see the difference without explanations from me. And even if all the other things on the list in the second image didn’t happen, if I just had this line disintegration reaction, it would be enough to tell me to stop the new medication. (Note: I'm a non-napper, so falling asleep during the day, usually when I was trying to do something else, is huge!)
Now a new wrinkle—I’ve been having severe (torso, arms, groin, neck) hives breaking out after eating some foods (including CHOCOLATE). This has all happened this weekend and I was able to avoid the emergency room with quick action and heavy dosage of Benadryl. We’ll see what the doctor says this week. One of my friends suggested that it might be stress related—because none of us can believe anyone is allergic to chocolate! Really, who has ever heard of that? Right?
In the meantime I thought you would enjoy seeing how drawing can be used for diagnostics!
Below: Here's a sketch I made after being on the new allergy meds for a few days, and just before I decided to go off them. Don't worry, I wasn't driving while I was on this new regimen. I also made this while watching TV to compare “apples with apples.” (Hint, compare line quality—steadiness, pressure, variation, decisiveness, and finally obvious loopiness of the second version.)