Underthecurrent


anaphylaxis
January 31, 2010, 12:22 am
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In the past month I’ve had at least three reactions to low contact with food containing cream. My throat swells a lot, lips tingle, tongue feels a little bigger. Then my heart pounds. Then I get too warm but not flushed, simultaneously shivering if I take off a sweater. Then I feel like throwing up a little bit and maybe my heart goes crazy for a minute and I get just slightly faint from what I now know is a rapid drop in blood pressure.

I don’t know how many dairy products it involves. Butter and cheese don’t appear to have any effect, not yet.

I haven’t seen a doctor yet because I didn’t really believe it until today, when I dipped the tip of my index finger in alfredo sauce and touched it to my tongue, in barely an amount I was able to taste. The reaction was immediate and scared me.

I guess the part that makes me sad, why I didn’t want to believe it, is because it means a lot of things are no longer an option. Before, it was a decision about bearing the consequences, whether to deal with minor allergic symptoms in the name of ice cream or cafe con leche.

It may also mean I become one of those people who can’t eat what’s served to them, who has to special order things in advance and carry an epi pen when dining out.

In the meantime, I’m going to have some sauceless pasta right now (hello garlic and olive oil) and try not to think about it.

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