If you’ve followed along for awhile on the site, you’ll know that the main drive behind this blog has been my desire to become a better writer and share my experiences and adventures as an expat in New York. I’ve taken up NaBloPoMo challenges in the past without too much success. Today, I am taking up the Blogging from A to Z Challenge – meaning everyday this month, I will blog about a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z (26 days in total, you get it?). Some of my posts will be random, but for the most part I am going to either write a bit about myself or New York! I thought this would be a good way for you to get to know me, especially if you are new to the blog.
Without further ado, welcome to A for Apples and Allergies. I have had a deathly allergy to peanuts since the age of about 5. It sprung up on me suddenly one day when I was eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as I had so many times before. This time my tongue started swelling and itching. My older sister thought I was being crazy. I’ve been told that allergies come and go in 7 year cycles and that you can keep retrying foods and you just might no longer be allergic. I’m not willing to chance it with peanuts, but I am also allergic to heaps of other foods and the allergies have come and gone.
Just 5 months ago I gave birth to my beautiful little girl. If you have given birth, you know that your first meal after childbirth you feel ravenous. For me, my tastebuds had returned after 9 months and that queasy feeling that left me unable to keep food down for nearly 6 months of my pregnancy was gone. I knoew that whatever the nurse put in front of me for breakfast, I was likely to devour.
That morning, besides the regular breakfast eggs, toast, tea was a huge round red apple. Ugh. For about the past 10 years I haven’t been able to eat apples without my gums itching and my lips swelling up. I have a theory that it has something to do with pesticides. I use to be able to peel the skin and still eat apples, but even that resulted in nausea for the last 4-5 years. Back to the big post partum breaksfast at hand, I was staaaaaarving! So, I bit into the apple, thinking of all places a hospital was probably the best place I could indulge and see if my allergy was gone.
Hallelujah! It was gone. I devoured and enjoyed a big juicy red apple and have been every since for the last 5 months. I’m hoping the 7 year cycle never comes back around so that they cause allergic reactions again.
New York has soooo many apple choices to choose from. My favorite are Fuji Apples!