April 3, 2012 § 6 Comments
We recently discovered that I am allergic to shellfish. It has been developing for awhile. During a research practicum two years ago, in which I was served lobster two evenings in a row, I discovered that I couldn’t touch lobsters without having a topical reaction. I could still eat them though. Later, I noticed that I couldn’t handle shellfish while preparing it, unless I wore gloves, but I could still eat it. At Dave’s recent seafood boil, I didn’t eat much, and I was fine. Dave and Olga peeled what little I did eat though, so I was spared the itchiness.
The day after Dave’s Cajun seafood boil, I made gumbo with the leftover shellfish. Dave stood for an hour at the sink, peeling shellfish for the stew. It was wonderful gumbo…so rich and delicious. We both ate a big bowls. Later, my throat swelled, and I became very ill, and wondered if I should go to the hospital. Fortunately, as reactions go, it turned out to be not so bad. I took an antihistime and eventually recovered. It worried me, though, and now I have an appointment with the doctor. I’m pretty sure she’ll just tell me what I’ve guessed already: I’m allergic to shellfish.
I guess there could be worse things…I could be allergic to jalapenos (one of my favorite foods). I wish I could be allergic to carrots, beef fat, or some other awful thing. I’m already allergic to chocolate, which is no big loss because I never cared for it much anyway.