Life with Allergies

Spring Flowers

At the start of 2013, I was sick with the flu, and it wouldn’t go away. I went to the doctor’s office, filled out a pink paper that was in the midst of all that fun paperwork, and a week or so later I was diagnosed with allergies to [almost] everything.

It’s now over a year later, and I only have knowledge on where foods come from and what those preservatives inside them really are — like with cheese and chocolate being the same kind of mold that grows in a bathroom.

I eat on a rotation diet, which means I have certain foods every three days. To keep from getting sick, I have to pick and choose which to eat based on what the worst possible outcome will be. I have to analyze everything.

For example, a salad becomes as followed:

  • lettuce (borderline)
  • cheese (severe)
    • milk, lactose (both severe)
  • ranch dressing
    • milk, lactose, vinegar/molds/yeast

I don’t normally eat breakfast, but when I do, it’s usually sausage.

If I went completely allergy-free, I would have to give up all seasonings, leftover meats (includes but does not limit to lunch meats), and everything that actually tastes good. ;) I’d also have to quit going outside completely, as I’m highly allergic to a lot of the airborne allergens.

Although the shots make my immune system stronger, they’re not ‘fast acting’ — people tell me the average time span it takes to finally set in is three years.

Do you have allergies? How have they changed your life?

Liz Lawson is an editor at Crunchy Family, but more frequently an autistic lifestyle blogger @ janepedia.com. In her free time, she indulges on Netflix and The CW. Oh—and she’s secretly a cat. 😏😼