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!