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!


2 comments:

  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.

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  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:(

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