I have a fair number of allergies.
Brazilian nuts, and I’ll go into anaphylactic shock. Yes, I found that one out the hard way, before I even knew what anaphylactic shock even is.
Second, the animal dander. And naturally, I’m an animal lover. I deal with that thanks to Zyrtec, but now my body is addicted to cetirizine hydrochloride, and so I said screw it; if I have to be on this drug for the rest of my life, I may as well just get a cat again.
But the worst allergy of all? One that’s continuously getting worse the older I get? This chicken allergy. It reared its ugly head in my 23rd year after I had my second child. The how I got it is questionable, but I have a pretty solid suspicion. We won’t get into that.
It’s actually more than chicken, it’s the specific chemical compound of chicken fat. So this includes all fowl and certain white fish who share that same chemical compound. My no-no list includes stuffing, Rice-a-Ronis, actually, many preprocessed meals and majority of canned foods, anything that contains chicken broth — if there’s any chicken component in it, I’m getting a severe reaction. It incapacitates me for hours with excruciating stomach and intestinal pain.
It took a couple of years to filter out the foods I cannot eat. I enjoy cooking, so making homemade versions of the above-mentioned foods without the chicken ingredient is no big deal for me.
My current peeve is that for the past year, other ingredients have been bothering my stomach. Not the out-and-out doubled-over-dying pain, but an acute dull ache that gives me acid reflux and a fair amount of discomfort for a couple of hours. Medicines don’t help. And I’m still not 100% sure what causes this specific stomach pain.
Fake sugar (Splenda, and whatever they put in diet/0 calorie drinks) does this to me. So that eliminates most diet foods and drinks from my diet. But I’ve noticed that certain teas to include chamomile also gives me stomach pain. Eating out is a big risk for me. There’s no assurance that there isn’t a trace of chicken something on the same grill or frying oil. Such as today: I had a gyro at the diner, and lo and behold, the stomach pains have been afflicting me for the past 2 hours.
My stomach is my enemy. Can I eat anything without the dreaded pain? Such is life. I suppose by the time I’m 50, all I will be able to eat are rice and potatoes. Life could be worse, right?
Are you plagued by any rare or just plain ole’ weird allergies?