Food Allergies - the emotions
those that live
with food allergies, there is always a concern of having a reaction to
something that we ate. I am one of those individuals that grew into
all my food allergies whereas a lot of people have had them most if
not all of their lives. I have what is called Adult Onset Anaphylaxis
as I grew into my allergies as an adult.
always mean we are double and even triple checking ingredient lists
and talking to staff and management in restaurants to make sure we
stay staff. Even the best of us can have reactions to something even
after all the checking and double checking that we do. I know as I
have had a couple of those reactions and got really upset when they
that I think are even worse then the known food or medicine reactions
are the reactions that we get and don't know why. I have been
dealing with that issue lately and have to admit that it is a major
concern. I have been watching everything that I have been eating and
still have had a couple of reactions that I am not sure why. For me,
I have a number of foods and one medical reaction and I grew into each
of the items at a different time. With having this reaction lately
I am now thinking am I now developing yet another food allergy.
emotions you go
through after having a reaction are very difficult to explain. In
some cases, there is a fear of food, especially if you don't know what
caused the reaction. I have been dealing with the fear of food for
the last little while and it does really affect a lot of what you do
on a daily basis. I have been fearful of even going to a grocery
store because I don't want another reaction.
reaction that I
had a week ago was when I was eating two hard boiled eggs and had
taken my vitamins like I normally do. Now, I know that I have some
issues with what they feed chickens to help with the egg production
and that is ground oyster shells. Normally I can have eggs without
feeling too bad but this time I had the reaction where my face swells
up and I don't feel that great. No, I don't have the problem
breathing but it does take a lot of my energy away as my blood
pressure does drop. The other thing about this reaction was it
happened to me after having a couple of mouthfuls of the egg so now the
issue starts. Is it the egg that caused the reaction or was it a
combination with the vitamins that I took. Later on, during the week,
I decided that I needed to get back to taking the 3 vitamins that I
had been taking for over a month without any reactions so I took them
and had another mild reaction. As you can see it is rough when you
aren't sure what is causing the reactions.
for now, I am
eating a lot of very basic foods: salads, fruit and meat without a
lot of extras because I am very afraid of having another reaction. I
am not happy not knowing what has caused these reactions because I am
still not sure if I now have an allergy to eggs.
always are a challenge and they don't just affect the person that
suffers the reactions as they impact the family as well. I know this
as my husband worries about each of my reactions and is there to
watch over me while I deal with them. He also tries to make sure
that everything we have in our house is safe for me.
you suffer from
food allergies know that you aren't alone and having a great support
system is very important. So now, I continue to see what is causing
the reactions and hopefully, soon I will be back to eating foods and
not being nervous every time I put something in my mouth.