Allergies have always been a part of my life. I’ve had them since I was a kid– allergic to chicken, eggs, seafood, some chemicals in soaps and detergents, non-cotton clothes, dust, almost everything else.
As I grew up, things started getting more complicated. I got lactose intolerance. Chocolates weren’t so good. I got rhinitis.
But this year– this year I felt healthy. I had been consistently working out. A boiled egg here and there wouldn’t hurt me. I could eat some chocolate and not itch.
One day– I had some peanut butter and threw up. I avoided pb for a while but I felt healthy so I had some. I would eat a handful of peanuts every now and then. I’d have chocolate and more nuts in my trailmix. I took a bite of mackerel. I’d eat products made with egg.
Until one day, I woke up and both my legs and my torso were covered in hives. I took claritin and it went away for a bit, but came back that night. I took more claritin and some iterax, but no– for five days the hives spread until this morning it covered my legs, feet, torso, back, arms, hands, and (horrors!) face. I was one giant walking hive.
I hauled myself to the ER, where everyone asked me, what did you eat? To which I had no answrer. The day the hives started to appear, I just ate steamed and boiled veggies and fresh fruits. So no, I don’t know what I ate.
They gave me a shot of hydrocortisone and another of diphendydramine which made me woozy. Two hours later, the hives were really pale and almost flat. Another hour later they were gone and I was discharged.
I was told to avoid: chicken, eggs, seafood, fish, peanuts, chocolate, and processed food. and go see an allergologist.
Eating will be such a challenge now but oh well, I’ve done now difficult things.
My take on this: little things count. Those bites of chocolates, those tiny little cheat days– they will add up and come back to haunt you! So I took a photo of my hives (will not post because gross!) just as a reminder of what can happen when I want to eat some chocolate.
So I guess I’ll be eating clean from now on. Not by choice, but I guess any reason is a good reason to start. In this battle of woman vs food, I’m determined to win.