Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It's tough. Really!

When you first discover you have an allergy, it can be devastating. Suddenly, you can’t eat all the food you want. Suddenly, going out for food with friends becomes complicated, as does being invited as a guest at someone’s home for a meal.

Depending on what you’re allergic to, this could also affect going out into buildings (house full of mold? I’m out of there!) and traveling (they mostly eat wheat? My gluten allergy says I’ll starve there!)

But what I'm posting write now are some actual pictures and thoughts every time I have an allergy attack.

And the story goes...Later this afternoon, I went to our campus to get my grades, where there was student outbreak. School is very crowded and before you can get your grade and be officially enrolled, you'll first encounter this stuffs. Bad breath, collision of students and worst, be bumped and to have skin to skin contact on sweaty (dirty,smelly) skins of students.
Ha ha.

Maybe, that was the start of everything as what I'm suffering right now. I don't know if that really is the reason or I just ate something.

Wikipedia explained allergy described as a malfunction of the human immune system causing a violent reaction. To develop allergic symptoms, one must first be exposed to the specific allergen for some time to build up the allergic sensitivity, and then once more to trigger the allergic reaction. Environmental factors, such as smoking and pollution, will also add to the risk.

As I have guessed maybe that's the reason. I've been exposed to a polluted environment earlier, plus with the weather which was not so good, it's really windy, and that add to more polluted air.

Here are actual pictures. I took it around 8pm this evening.

It started on my arms then....

on my neck, ears and all over my body.

Well anyway, so much for looking on those pictures. Let's move on.
Though that is my wildest guess that my allergy is triggered because of polluted environment.
I still have more bigger problem, I have food allergies. Sad to say.

Here are the things that I, with food allergies want you all to know and what I want to be treated somehow:

1. I long to be included. I would like to look, act and eat like everyone else. I’d like to buy my lunch and sit wherever I want. I know I can’t, but I am so happy inside when someone cares enough to provide a safe food for me. It’s nice when I can have something similar to what others are eating but I love it when I can eat the same thing as everyone else. Whenever it’s possible, please think to include me.

2. I’m scared I could die from my food allergies. I’ve heard my parents especially my father mention “life-threatening” food allergies and I remember having some reactions like this (as what you see in the picture) where I felt really scared.Sometimes, I could use a little reassurance that I will be okay.

3. I feel like I’m the only one sometimes. I would really like to know that I am not the only person who has food allergies. Having another friend with food allergies in my classroom or at lunch time helps too.

4. I get confused when someone offers me food. I know I’m supposed to be polite,but I am only supposed to take food that's safe for me. When you offer me food or especially Shrimp Pasta, Shrimp-Scampi Pizza or Lobster Pineapple Curry
, I’d like to take it but I’m not sure about what I am supposed to do with it. Hehe

5. I get itchy spots sometimes when my nephew kiss me after they’ve eaten something I’m allergic to. I get itchy spots. If you have just eaten something that I’m allergic to, I may get hives if you kiss me soon afterward. So please don't dare. Hehe

6. I’m embarrassed when people fuss over what I’m eating. I know I have to eat my own safe food, but it’s easier for me when I’m not singled out. Sometimes, it’s embarrassing when my close friends especially when we're eating anywhere else ask lots of questions. I feel like I'm in the hot seat. I love to fit in more than anything.

7. I hear some people talk about my food allergies. My ears perk up when I hear people mention my name or food allergies, so don’t pity me or act terrified because then I get scared. Food allergies are just one part of me. Let me overhear you talk about all the other wonderful things about me!

8. Sometimes I’m sad about having food allergies. I know it’s not the end of the world, but from my perspective, it’s tough at times.

9. I will do about as well as you do. My “can-do” attitude will help me cope with the challenges of living with allergies and ensure that food allergies don’t stop me from being everything I was meant to be!

By the way! I just drink my medicine. So, don't worry, I'm okay now.! Hehe


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