Imagine being in an airplane, 37,000 feet off the ground and your throat begins to constrict after a seemingly harmless meal, a meal you had eaten before. That was me last Friday night.
I briefly mentioned this scare in yesterday’s post but after one wonderful reader helped me figure out another new food allergy, I feel like I should rewind a bit.
Friday morning I woke up with what I call “collagen lips”, something I’ve only experienced before with my mango allergy. Sure, these voluptuous lips look like a good time from far away but they’re really, really unpleasant. If the doctor weren’t so conveniently close to my hospital internship I probably would never have gone, but since I was right there, I popped in to document this bizarre new allergic reaction and also requested a referral to an allergist. Clearly my mango allergy is crossing over to other foods and/or beauty products unbeknownst to me and I’m kind of over the collagen lips thing! Oh and she prescribed me an epi pen in case I went somewhere remote and drank a bunch of mango juice by accident. Totally logical in my opinion.
After a couple doses of Benadryl and thinking I was in the clear for the time being, I grabbed a leftover breakfast burrito from the fridge before heading out the door for my evening flight to Boston. It was the cheaper and healthier dinner option but also a safe bet since I had eaten the first half earlier in the week with no adverse reactions. I scarfed it down minutes before boarding the plane.
About the time we reached our cruising altitude on that flight, I felt my throat begin to tighten up a bit. Unnerving, yes, but I talked myself out of getting overly concerned, at least for the first 5 minutes. I’m sure some of it was anxiety but suddenly my heart began to race and I figured, better safe than sorry. I reached for my Benadryl and could barely open the package my hands were shaking so much. I even went as far as alerting the flight attendant to my potential allergy attack just in case something serious happened. I’m pretty sure the lady next to me was freaking out inside.
No epi pens were needed though I’m not even sure they had any on the plane and I hadn’t yet filled my prescription, so thankfully that worked out in my favor. My allergic reaction wasn’t anaphylactic by any means (I could always get enough oxygen) but when your throat’s constricting from some mysterious allergy there’s really no way to talk yourself out of thinking the worst.
I spent most of the weekend afraid to eat which is incredibly unfortunate because there was so much good food around since it was my favorite aunt’s 70th birthday. My mom offered me a bite of her lobster roll and I had to pass. I just couldn’t stomach the thought of a potential seafood allergy reaction. Crazy, know.
I also had no desire to blog Friday night or all day Saturday. So unlike me but I just wasn’t feeling myself.
Long story not very short, in the past week, I’ve developed an allergy to avocado. Those “collagen lips” were most likely caused by this salad and my flight fright by the avocado in my leftover breakfast burrito. Thank you, Mr. or Ms. “Allergist” who commented on yesterday’s post and helped me piece together the puzzle. I actually have not yet seen an allergist which is why I was never made aware of the cross between mango and avocado but I’m making my appointment today!
So, while this means no more guacamole for the rest of my life, I’m relieved for now and am staying away from all other fruits that might also be related. This includes papaya, pineapple, bananas, kiwi, peaches and the list goes on. (Sorry Kort, the peaches you left are so appreciated and will be eaten and enjoyed by my coworkers!) Oh and then there’s latex. I’m not sure how possible it is to avoid that working in the hospital but I’ll see what I can do and get my butt to an allergist, pronto.
Hope your weekends were less eventful, or at least not as scary as mine was! I promise I’ll have a recap of the fun festivities tomorrow!