A personal story about a food allergy reaction

ElicBxn By ElicBxn, 6th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a true story about how I discovered a reaction to some foods.

The reaction

From 1984 until 1993 I worked for in the central office of a large State agency in Texas. It was nice for many reasons. It was a brand new building in 1984. As all State agencies in Texas, the food facilities are provided by blind people.

No, the people cooking and serving aren't blind, but they are "owned" and managed by a blind person. Don't ask me how that works, its just the way it is.

Still, there were 3 different food opportunities in the building. A place to by candy, and snacks, a snack bar where you could get hamburgers and the like and a cafeteria where there was a larger food choice, including a salad bar.

Most days I would go to my mother's for lunch, but some times of the year or even just some days I would eat at work.

Normally I would bring my lunch those days, but when I was feeling like something different, I would go down and get food, normally a salad.

Because I'm acutely allergic to corn protein and I have allergic reactions to the various meat if I eat them too frequently, I like to be able to see what I'm eating.

I tended to get either blue cheese dressing or Italian, but I had recently read a package of ranch dressing and discovered it was free of corn protein and tried it. I have to say that I can understand why it is so popular.

So, this particular day I had gotten my salad and put ranch dressing on it. I returned to my desk and ate. I'm sure I was reading a book, that is my normal way of eating a meal.

I remember feeling a bit odd and then things got fuzzy.

I think I wandered down to the lobby where they had one of those automatic blood pressure machines to check my blood pressure... It didn't register my blood pressure, I vaguely remember joking that I must be dead.

I guess I looked a bit odd as well because I remember the security guard brought me over to his desk and had me sit down. He was going to call one of the first responders when one came into the lobby.

She took me over to the room where the first responders kept their stuff and took my blood pressure.

It was low.

It was very low, like 90/56.

She asked me what I had eaten and when I told her, she took me over to the snack bar and got me some cheese and something else, I don't remember what.

By this time I was running a bit late back from lunch, but she went up to make sure I got back to my desk all right. She explained it to my supervisor, who already knew I had food allergies.

I started back to work, nibbling on the cheese and was feeling better pretty soon.

The first responder came up to check on me about 3 and by that time I was feeling about as normal as I ever feel, not quite 100%, but much better.

I have to say, that put me off ranch dressing for life!


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author avatar Carol Roach
6th Jan 2015 (#)

I have been lucky I don't have any food alergies

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author avatar Sherri Granato
6th Jan 2015 (#)

It is a scary situation. Severe allergies are no joke. I had an allergic reaction to sulfa as a child. As an adult I once broke out in hives so bad that I couldn't walk. I now have an understanding and control of a situation that could have been deadly. Thanks for sharing your story.

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author avatar ElicBxn
6th Jan 2015 (#)

Sherri - my roommate is also allergic to sulfa, they put her on a water pill and it had sulfa in it. I can't take a lot of medicine because they put corn starch in them, like the new generic "Cymbalta"s. My reaction to corn is worse than the above reaction, but this one was pretty scary!

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