First: I will try to get a Year in My Yard picture up, but will probably be tomorrow…
A reminder to those who are food-allergic. Always check your brands. There are a couple brands of brown sugar or maple flavored sausages I can actually eat. They don’t have peppers in them, they don’t give me reactions. So I bought what I thought was pretty much the same brand. Except I didn’t really double check, and it wasn’t.
Then, I assumed based on my viewpoint. For some reason, the concept of someone putting heavy concentrated pepper (we’re talking both black and red peppers) in a sweet sausage…I can’t even understand, so I didn’t expect it.
Anyway, perfect storm. So, we had company last night and for dinner we had eggs and sausage. I take one bite of a small link and swallow it. I notice something odd. Then I realize that my mouth is burning. Within another minute, my asthma kicks in and it becomes obvious that I am quickly sliding into an allergic reaction. At first I thought I could contain it with some Tums for the sudden heartburn, and my inhaler for the asthma. But within twenty minutes my nose is tingling, lips are burning, face is beginning to itch, and I head for the Benadryl. After another half hour, the Benadryl eases the lip burning, nose tingling, and face itching, but my asthma attack lasted all night and my lungs are still unhappy today, and my stomach is still rebelling against that one bite.
I’m exhausted, I got about three hours of deep sleep last night and then was awake and miserable the rest of the night (on a full dose of Benadryl which usually will knock me out all night, and my stomach is still in knots. I feel like I was pummeled, which is pretty much the way I usually feel after a bad reaction.
Lessons learned: check your brands. Check the label each time—recipes change. Remember, not all ingredients are listed—on these sausages? Pepper…not listed. Or rather, dumped together under “spices” and “natural flavorings.” If you aren’t sure, don’t eat it. Sam asked me if I could smell the pepper in it. My nose was stuffed up—no, I couldn’t. And realized my Benadryl was almost out—always check your stock and buy it before you need it.
So…rough day. Thankful I didn’t need my Epi-Pen. Thankful I have friends who care enough to offer to stay over in case I need to go to the hospital. Thankful I have a husband who offers to run out and get more Benadryl so I don’t have to deal with getting fully dressed. But man, I’m tired.