FDOM16 Review a Blog

I was surprised to find that there are actually quite a few food allergy blogs going on — I thought I was one of a select few!! I came across a blog by Why Risk It?, a blog about teens living with food allergies, written by teens and for teens. It’s based out of Canada, which made the blog post itself seem even more interesting.

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A screenshot of the WhyRiskIt blog.

 

I chose this blog because it’s something that I identify with on a personal level: many people’s misunderstanding on intolerance and anaphylaxis. There have been countless times when someone around me has said they’re allergic to dairy, then when questioned further they reveal that milk just gives them bad gas.

With the influx in gluten-free foods, many people have been confusing any type of intolerance with food allergies. I was recently at a restaurant and explained to the server that I was fatally allergic to dairy and eggs, and asked whether their hamburger buns contained either of those allergens. The server had the audacity to tell me that I wasn’t actually allergic — I was just a picky eater and even so, a little butter on the bun won’t matter.

Um, yes, it will matter. Allergies are not something to be made light of. For those like me, whether there’s a little butter on that bun is a matter of life and death.

FDOM16 Allergies While on Vacation

 

Today is Josh’s and my second anniversary!! 😍 Last year we traveled to Colorado for a few days to stay in a secluded B&B at the top of a mountain . . . this year we opted for a cheaper trip and spent a day and night in Fort Worth. We had two issues with my food allergies in Colorado, so I was really hoping that my night out at an expensive steakhouse wouldn’t end in my face swelling (especially since I’d already had a reaction earlier in the week).

Thankfully, Capital Grille was absolutely amazing. Not only did the restaurant decorate our table, give me a rose, and give us a free dessert platter because it was our anniversary, they also rolled out the red carpet for my allergies. The waitress, Kristen, double-checked with the chef to see which bread I could snack on. When I finally ordered my entree and sides, we realized that I wouldn’t be able to have the fingerling potatoes like normal or brussel sprouts like normal — and I absolutely LOVE potatoes and brussel sprouts!! Kristen understood completely, and said that the restaurant’s chef was so wonderful that all she had to do was tell him the allergies and he would come up with some new way to cook it that was not only okay for me, but still mouthwatering-delicious.

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My bone-in NY strip steak, sauteed in something delicious other than butter, with some delicious brussel sprouts on the side.

And OHMYGOSH I was completely blown away by how delicious my meal was!! Because of how confident and knowledgeable Kristen was, I had no qualms or anxiousness about my meal (and believe me, and anxiousness tends to creep up while dining out!). In addition to thanking both the manager and the chef, I was also sure to leave them a positive review on Yelp and Allergy Eats (a restaurant review/finder website for families with food allergies).

What a relief it was to be able to travel, relax, and actually enjoy my vacation — all because I knew that this wonderful restaurant would go out of their way to ensure that I had the best, safest, and most delicious experience that I could possibly have.

Visiting a New Allergist — Before

So last night I had an allergic reaction to I-don’t-even-know-what. I made my own meal last night too, which is even scarier that it wasn’t an accidental cross-contamination at a restaurant. The only things I can think of?

  • There was cross-contamination at the Oroweat factory
  • I’ve developed a new allergy (crossing my fingers that it’s not that)

Fortuitously (if an allergic reaction could be considered fortuitous), I have an appointment with an allergist today!! This is my first time seeing an allergist since 2008, and the first time I’m seeing this allergist — so I’m a little anxious. 

Reasons why seeing a new allergist can be nerve-racking:

  • This allergist is more of a seasonal-allergy allergist, and not one specializing in food allergies, which means I’ll probably be referred to someone else after this. Which means my healthcare isn’t really going into effect just yet.
  • For some reason, I’m going to have to prove my allergies (because for some reason, blood tests aren’t proof enough). Which means I just spent the last 15 minutes going through all my photos since 2008 and found all of my allergic-reaction-photos.
  • My parents have had to deal with allergists who are new to the field and sometimes don’t fully understand the severity of food allergies on a day-to-day basis. “Just avoid the allergen” doesn’t always work because of cross-contamination, restaurant servers not aptly explaining the allergies to restaurant chefs, ingredient lists not being accurate, etc.

    So wish me luck . . . hopefully I’ll get a phenomenal allergist who understands food allergies and is willing to work with someone (me) who’s dealt with allergies wayyyyyy longer than that doctor has been in the field. 

    Funny how that works.