02 May 2010

Allergies Scmallergies

I have a few food allergies. I had many when I was a baby/toddler but outgrew them. I turned thirty and *wham* they returned. So frustrating.

What is more frustrating is my brain's refusal to acknowledge said allergies. I have actually eaten something because I forgot or simply didn't think about it. I've also been stubborn and ate it anyway, then while suffering the consequences, beat myself up thoroughly.

A few weeks ago I ate something by accident and had a reaction, that was a first. Nothing scary but enough to put me on alert.

During my last physical, I mentioned the apple allergy because it seemed to have worsened. She actually suggested a medical bracelet. I looked at her like she'd lost her mind and she was actually quite funny about "Never mind, I'm sure you'll be fine."

Brother Dear the EMT is also on high alert. "Epi-pen?" he asked. Yes, he was very pleased when I said no. "Benedryl?" No, that's just silly talk. ((this is where I imagine a knock on my door to find Bea on the doorstep with a frown and a "Are you that stupid" speech prepared))

Last night we had Chinese food. And I had a reaction in the middle of the night. NICE. Luckily, it was the gastrointestinal reaction, if that can be qualified as lucky. I laid in bed, pouting at 2:00 AM, thinking "I can't eat nothing!!!" Because that is mature and productive.

The point of this ramble is this: I need to start paying attention. I need the ADD to STFU when I am dishing something up that I really want but know I am going to pay dearly for later.

It's time to be a grown-up and dude, that sucks. Why am I allergic to some of my favorite things?

Are you allergic to anything?


Swistle said...

I get a slightly itchy mouth/throat when I eat several foods and I always have trouble remembering what they are because the itchiness is so minor. Bananas, walnuts....hm. Something else, I think.

It's funny you'd say apples: my 3rd grader once had his lips get all puffy after eating an apple, and we were all "It can't be the APPLE"---because apples seem so mild and innocuous. But every time he eats one he gets an itchy mouth, so he doesn't eat them anymore. He CAN eat applesauce and drink apple juice, so maybe something in the peel?

Jamie said...

Maple products. If I have anything maple--maple syrup or maple walnut ice cream, I get sick. I'm not sure if it's an official allergy, but it's enough that I don't ever want to eat them!!

creative kerfuffle said...

i have no food allergies, but poison ivy and i do not get along. as in if i get near it or if the hubs is weed eating and i'm outside i'm liable to get it. it usually requires a shot at the doctor and some antibiotics.

Bethany said...

I don't have any official diagnosed allergies but when I have certain kinds of peppermint my throat closes up so I consider that one. lol!

Not Your Aunt B said...

Cherries. Itchy and rashy all over. Not good.

And I would show up on your doorstep, but only if you invited me, not for a lecture. I don't carry an epi pen or benadryl either though I should for my allergies to insect bites. They are the worst! I do have some new neato benadryl spoon things that are no fuss to carry around, so I may do that considering it is fire ant season here.