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.: 1.14.2008 

Nut Allergy Watch 2008

So... yeah. Sometimes, even though I'm careful, nuts get past me. So, today (about 15 minutes before the writing of this) when I was 1/4 of the way through a piece of chocolate bread that a coworker had brought in, I realized I was having a reaction. Closer inspection revealed walnuts. Now, the last time I had a walnut, Colleen will remember, my tongue swelled so much that I had to take my barbell out. Since I took my tonguestud out in 2005, I don't really have that yardstick to measure by. But I took a Benedryl, and the swelling that I felt has either stabilized or started to go back down, so I think I'll be ok. (It helps that I am literally across the street from the emergency room. Keeps the rising panic down.)

So, people always ask what kind of reaction I have. I figured I could catalog it for the curious:

1. The roof of my mouth starts to itch, and my gums.
2. The soft palate and tissues around the back of my throat start to swell.
3. My tongue swells.
4. My back teeth start to ache all the way down to the jawbone.
5. The insides of my ears itch like mad.
6. My throat itches like mad.
7. My stomach gets acid-y and starts to hurt.
8. My fingers feel stiff. (This is likely small swelling.)

Not this time, but in the past I have also had small bumps break out along the line of my lips.

Fun, fun, fun! Seriously, I think I'll be fine, and if I'm not I'm right next to the hospital, so then I'll be fine. If I didn't think I wouldn't be fine, I wouldn't be posting this. I'm just thankful that I'm not the kid who dies when you open a jar of peanutbutter in the same room. (Which is a slightly faulty metaphor because peanuts are not nuts, they are legumes, and I am not allergic to them.)

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