I can’t find my previous posts on this topic and, frankly, it’s probably something you don’t want to read about so go run and get yourself some ice cream.
So…last year (once I find ’em, I’ll link ’em) I had about 4 really weird allergy attacks. They started off with what I will only describe as “two exits, no waiting” and progressed (while *ahem* preoccupied with other matters in the lavatory) into swollen, itchy eyes, slight restriction in breathing, but nothing alarming, and sneezing like I worked at a pepper factory. Oh…and hives…hives all over my body.
I get warm thinking of those days gone by.
Anyway…so this led me to stop eating at the student center on campus. 4 attacks, 4 different establishments = danger zone.
I’ve been ‘attack free’ since. Until last night.
I woke up feeling sick and, about an hour after waking up, noticed I was breaking out in hives and I started sneezing. A far far far more mild reaction than those in the past, but still…and this time I had eaten only food that I made all day.
Wait..I’m getting ahead of myself. All these attacks, unlike usual allergy attacks that have been instant, are delayed a few hours. It seems to me that it has to hit a certain part of my digestive system before it gains the power and the will to eff me up. I attribute all of these previous attacks to some sort of brush with nuts or nut oil (even though the vendors said ‘no’, there was ‘yes’ in their eyes).
Last night I felt like having a dinner of dip. Whatever, I’m single and an adult and if I want a dinner of dip, I’ll effing have a dinner of dip.
I made baba ghanoush (HA…I just about typed baby ghanoush) and feta/roast pepper dip. Mmmmm…munch munch munch.
there is/was absolutely nothing in either of those dips that I’ve not eaten a kagillion times before, so when I got the usual hives/sneezies while dealing with other pressing matters, I was surprised. Wtf?
It dawned on me today that when I bought the eggplant, they were located directly under a pile of chestnuts. Can it be?? Could I have taken a chestnut-fondled-then-transfered-by-christ-knows-how-many-hands eggplant home, cooked it and eaten enough baba ghanoush to make myself react?? Is it possible??
I’m completely stumped.