Tuesday, June 26, 2012

food allergies suck

Well, I have now confirmed that I *am* allergic to cherries.  I did a little searching last night on cherry allergies, and it seems it might be related to Birch pollen allergies too?  Interesting.  Sounds like possibly only 'raw' cherries though, which I guess I can deal with.  There is a place that I've camped at twice under some trees (same time of year), and both times I woke up with my eyes nearly swollen shut.  I'm thinking maybe those are birch trees possibly.  We do have a couple birch trees in our own yard, but I don't spend time *under* those trees.  I do have itchy eyes/ears/nose during hayfever season, but not horribly bad.  I'm guessing it is those birch trees though possibly.
Anyhow, I don't know how many of you were following me last year when I had the scary allergic  reaction after eating a bowl of bing cherries - started with itchy ears, throat, uncontrollable sneezing, itchy eyes, slightly uncomfortable breathing, then completely stuffed nose and eyes swollen like I'd been hit by a bus.  When I went to the doctor a couple days later, she told me I should have gone to the hospital - and gave me a scrip for an epi-pen.  Well, I almost used that epi-pen on Sunday.  The doctor had told me to try cherries again this year, only in a small dose.  So, I ate 3 cherries (that I had rinsed well), and I got another horrible scary reaction.  I did notice the reaction coming on, and took Benadryl faster than I had the first time though, so I think that made a difference.  It was only about 75% of the reaction as last year, but still bad enough that I thought I might go to the ER.  Scary stuff.  My son told me that he thinks I must be bullet proof - because even with that reaction, I still stuck it out and worked on the truck project hubby and I have going on, LOL.  We have been working on it a lot lately, so I have nothing to share in the way of quilting unfortunately!  I do plan to baste a quilt or two this week though, so maybe I will have something to share soon!


  1. Oh Girl! That is scary and NO fun! Thankfully you have pinpointed the problem and hopefully there will be no more of those frightening reactions. I will eat the cherries for you, so you don't have to. :) Take care of yourself.

  2. Scary!! So glad it wasn't as bad this time. I'll eat your share of cherries too - I love them! hopefully, you don't love them so much if you can't have them o:(