On Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at about 6PM, life as I knew it changed. That was dramatic even for me. It seems that my prayers, open letters, and pleas to the Universe paid off because yesterday I finally figured out what I am allergic to. It took 47 painless pokes on my back, three hours, and one informative video and the results are conclusive. The list includes:
Surprise! Wheat is not on this list! I know a lot of you are probably sitting there shaking your heads and wondering how it is that one person could be allergic to so many things. (My mom was also tested and when she told my grandmother, all she said was “eggs?”) Yes, eggs.
According to my amazing doctor, Dr. Guo, my food allergies were passed down from either my maternal grandmother or grandfather. My grandmother, whose refused to be tested for her penicillin allergy, was the one who started this whole thing. If not for her refusal and my mom’s ability to be vocal about her allergies, this news probably would have never come. I am so grateful for my grandmother’s stubbornness and for Dr. Guo’s insistence that my mother and I get tested.
The list is shocking, to say the very least. I went to Whole Foods immediately after the diagnosis and I threw up my hands in disgust in the frozen food aisle. There isn’t much I can eat at Whole Foods, which is sadder than I care to admit. I stood there, in front of the bakery where they have vegan brownies that are made with freakin’ tofu, and thought about things like what am I going to eat? and Oh, my stars. What if Lenny Kravitz wakes up one morning and finally realizes that I’m the woman for him and he calls and asks me to dinner? Ya know. Practical stuff.
Then I realized this diagnosis, much like the gluten intolerance misdiagnosis, is going to change the way I think and feel about food. I am beyond the point of frustrated. I am no longer hopeless and I am no longer sad about it. I can eat cookies. I love cookies. All joking aside, this news is exactly what I needed. I now know what it is that has been hurting me. I now know exactly what foods I need to avoid to not feel miserable. I feel like this is a brand new chapter in my life. I am excited for it. Change is good.
Confession time, kids. Most of what I have posted here in the past has given me some sort of intestinal distress. I didn’t want to post that because, well, it’s not very appetizing, but it’s the truth. With the medications I am on and with this newly acquired knowledge, I plan to do better and feel better in the process.
I’ve decided to use this blog as a kind of food allergy journey. I am going back to see Dr. Guo in twelve weeks. She wants me to slowly start eliminating the foods in the twelve weeks. I am going to start with soy and corn. I am still planning to cook. I am still going to take pictures of everything, but until I get the hang of it, my blender, juicer, and I are going to be VERY close friends.
Thank you all for your continued support of Cooktivism and for joining me on this culinary journey.
Yours In All Things Fat Kid Related,