The reason I am posting about this is because if you read the “About Me” page – you’ll see that my husband is allergic to everything, which is the primary reason that I make lots of things without gluten. I’m also worried that he (and I) have passed bad allergies to our son. Actually, I only give you a brief description of my hubby’s allergies. Let me share: on a scale of + to 4+, he reacted 1+ and 2+ to: corn, peas, soybean, tomatoes, wheat, barley, carrots, melon, pecans, walnuts and mildly allergic (+) to: potatoes, rye and almonds. This is just some food though; they didn’t test him for much else, had they tested him for other foods, I have a feeling his body would’ve rejected it too. He’s off the charts with outdoor stuff and cats – it’s pretty insane. Anyway, I’ve been so worried about our son inheriting these allergies. When I was a kid, I had my allergies tested and though they didn’t test food, I found out I was allergic to dust, cats and cockroaches. You can grow into and out of allergies and I’ve noticed I have reactions to certain foods – in particular, soy. Without having to put my son through all this stuff, and because I have some mild reactions to things…and am constantly stuffy, I could go through the testing and maybe it’ll help to see what O’s probability is of allergies to particular things. If both parents are allergic, well, he’s more likely to be as well! My cousin Erica used to always make fun of me for blowing my nose all the time and though it’s not as bad now as when I was a kid, I still have plenty of drainage and stuffiness. I really wanted to know the culprit.
What am I allergic to? Nothing! What? How can I break out to certain lotions and react to certain foods and in the springtime it seems I have a major cold though it’s “allergies?” I don’t know!? Obviously, they can’t test for everything but still, it would be nice to know. I generally feel good nowadays but certain foods make me feel awful – and I think it’s just overly processed stuff and too much bread. Soy chips do it to me and so does whey and soy protein powder. So does just eating junk food. For instance, I decided to have too much candy and pizza (not my usual delicious Italian style pizza, but American style regular crust with wayyyy too much cheese and grease) this weekend and my stomach went crazy all night. But hey, I’m not allergic to soy or wheat! Judging from how my body took all these potential allergens like a trooper, the doc thought I just happen to be a mucus producer. Yep. Sorry lady, you produce snot for no good reason. Not sure why it happens so badly in the springtime though. And the food thing? I think it must just be normal. If you don’t nourish your body properly. It will retaliate and let you know. At least mine sure does. Sometimes, maybe that really was tainted food and not an allergy? Maybe the mix of whatever it was didn’t mix so well in the belly.
I’ve been loading my toddler and myself up big time on antioxidants lately so did my current state of good health kick any old allergens to the curb that may have been there if I wasn’t getting sleep? Probably not but I think it would be nice to find some answers still. Needless to say, the doctor (very sweet man if anyone in Omaha is looking for an allergy doc) felt really bad for me since he has the same exact problem. He doesn’t test positive for allergies but has snot and general reactions too. Sigh. My Dad has always summed it up very nicely and summed it up again for me when I told him. He said, “See? You’re just a snot nosed kid.” When I told Erica that I had my allergies tested – her memories of my (literally) snotty nose as a child had her laughing instantly and bracing herself for all the things that I’m allergic to. She could not believe that nothing showed up. Nothing? Nothing:)
So, for the nose issue, I’ve tried the neti pot, but it doesn’t seem to do much for me. The doc gave me a squeeze bottle for the nose instead – with a little more pressure, he said it helps more than the neti pot in his opinion. I tried it out as well and like it better than the neti pot because it’s much much faster and I don’t have a lot of patience for standing over the sink with salt water streaming down my nose. But…did it work? No, not really. I think I’m just going to have to live with a slightly stuffy nose my whole life:(