My sister, Shannon, shot me back a worried look that said, “Don’t even joke about that!”
With my already nearly epic allergen list (peanuts, mushrooms, coconut, honeydew, and the inability to digest gluten or beef) I felt pretty confident that not a thing would show up during my food allergy testing. How many food allergies can one gal have? Apparently, quite a lot.
Yesterday, after my allergy testing was done, I felt like a car had run over me. My body didn’t like the testing very much. While the good news is that I’m feeling less like roadkill this morning, the bad news is that I have TEN NEW FOOD ALLERGIES to try and navigate life with. Oh, boy.
The happy woman doing my testing suddenly looked very grave: “I’ve never seen anything like it before.” Not exactly what you want to hear. She’d never seen anyone come out with so many food allergies. And as she read of the list of the foods I had to say goodbye to, I felt like I was going into shock.
7. Soy bean
By the time she was finished reading off my new found food foes, I was laughing in that “better-call-the-men-in-the-white-coats” kind of way. Seemed better than crying all over myself at the doctor’s office.
The results mean: buying pre-made foods is a luxury I don’t really have anymore, all of my favorite holiday dishes aren’t options, there’s no way I’m going on the four-week study abroad trip to Rome with my school, not sure how baking would even work, and just going to the grocery store will take even longer than usual thanks to all the ingredient-label reading. And, also, every single recipe I’ve posted on The Crunchy Cook so far are things I can’t eat anymore. That one probably makes me the most sad (I was already pretty sure Rome wasn’t happening).
The results also explain why I’m so hyper-sensitive to all of my allergies, why I feel crummy much of the time, and my stomach hurts so much. It’s a shock to the system trying to wrap my head around my new list of food allergies, but I wouldn’t go back to not knowing about them for anything. I wish I didn’t have any allergies, I wish I was easier to feed, but I don’t wish that I was blissfully unaware … because now I can start taking proper care of my body.
I know I’ll slowly figure out how to feed myself again, and eventually discover food I enjoy eating, too. But I feel like I’m starting over completely and it’s overwhelming.
Mom hugged me and said, “You’re not on your own. We’ll figure this out together.” And she’s right.