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Sneeze and Wheeze

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April 6, 2010 by Marj Hatzell

All of that coughing and wheezing nonsense has finally been sorting out.

Remember the pneumonia?  NOT PNEUMONIA.

Asthma.

Like, the inhaler kind? Yeah. That’s what I’ve got. But it gets better!

Well, I had my appointment yesterday.  This is what I found out:
  • I’m basically allergic to everything.
  • I have asthma, brought about by (they suspect) allergies.
  • I have the same breathing test as a smoker even though I have never, ever smoked (but lived my first twenty years with a smoker. Go figure.)

The doctors are VERY thorough in there.  The second I told the doc about the anaphylaxis, she immediately wrote a script for the EPI2.  It’s two in one!  FUN! I was also sent home with a maintenance inhaler, a rescue inhaler, an allergy medication and a new sinus spray, since the saline and neti pot just aren’t cutting it anymore. Even with the local honey and other homeopathic stuff I’ve been trying I’m still wheezing. No wonder I’m so flipping tired!  I can’t breathe!  I mean, I’ve been working out for several months, five days a week and I can’t make it up a flight of stairs. Scary stuff.

The bad news?  The dogs are banned from my bed until we get my blood test results back.  The good news? They aren’t doing scratch tests since I have had it done and I’m allergic to glycerin (which is what they use in the scratch tests).  And I’m forbidden to go anyplace that serves peanuts, even peanut oil, since EVEN PURE OILS CONTAIN CROSS-CONTAMINATION.  That’s right, even pure peanut oil can get contaminated.  My favorite place, chik fil A, is out.  Even though I never get anything fried there, the risk is too great. No Five Guys. No Texas Roadhouse (not that I’d go there).  They told me to avoid baseball games until I begin the allergy shots, at the very least.  ANYPLACE that serves peanuts.
Oh, and did you know that if you had a latex allergy you need to be careful with Avocado, cantaloupe and bananas? I can live without lopes and bananas, but Avocado?  No more guacamole?  No more avocado on my salad?  BOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!  I must have my Mexican food!  EGAD!
But legumes are out.  Sheesh.  This might be the way to lose weight, I’m finding.
Don’t know if y’all have food issues in your house like we do, but she gave me some good websites:
aaaai.org
acaai.org
foodallergy.org.
Just thought I’d share.

6 thoughts on “Sneeze and Wheeze

  1. RuthWells says:

    Oh honey! At least they didn’t tell you to stay away from ‘taters….

    (Love Ruth, who is searching for a silver lining.)

  2. Ah, but I’m no longer allowed to peel potatoes!

  3. Amanda says:

    Food issues suck. We’re currently waiting to see the specialist to see if our 3yo is celiac. My oldest and I are lactose intolerant, and the oldest also cant’ have red dye or he turns into the tasmanian devil. Thankfully most of our allergies are environmental, but the oldest and I are allergic to just about everythign they tested for. They wont’ test the little one until he’s 5, but he’s had allergies since 6mos old.

    Gluten free has been hard while we wait for the specialist though. We couldn’t get an appt until July, but it makes the 3yo’s symptoms better, so the pediatrician said to continue. No reason for the little guy to suffer while we wait.

  4. Paula says:

    This should be life-changing for you, in a good way. I had problems for years (raised by TWO smokers!), and wasn’t diagnosed until I was 32 and pregnant. I used to get sinus infections all the time, and bronchitis-like symptoms. Not any more! I heard the asthma meds.

    I hope you improve rapidly. Yeah, the food stuff sucks, but better to know.

  5. Brenda says:

    I have Candida or yeast overgrowth that limits what I can eat, e.g. no simple carbs or anything moldy or fermented or smoked. Recently found out I’m also gluten and soy intolerant and also can’t have casein, another reason I can only tolerate plain yogurt – no other dairy. Finally, recently discovered I have problems with eggs, avocado, cashews and flax. As for oils, I cannot use corn, soybean, sunflower or canola. I can use peanut oil. I survive on meat, veggies, no fruit, I eat lots of potatoes, plain yogurt, black walnuts (anti-fungal), nitrate-free bacon and Utz potato chips. A little fresh tomato and lemon are okay. No chocolate, carob, coffee or black tea. Green tea (plain) is okay. Take supplements to reduce yeast like garlic pills, grapefruit seed extract, caprylic acid and berberine. After 20 years of suffering from yeast and colon inflammation and other inflammation in my lungs and a foggy head I am feeling great!!! I don’t smoke, but I grew up around it. I was also a preemie and not breast fed so had a poor start. My advice? Experiment to find foods that work for your body, take probiotics, get sleep and don’t stress!!! Hope my story helps somebody with similar problems.

  6. […] was diagnosed with Asthma after an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts. […]

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