Surprise attack

We thought the Boy was invincible. Nothing phases him – he has never suffered the bodily revolt that allergies bring on. The Boy weathers every season without a pollen-induced sniffle. He uses any soap, lotion, shampoo, and deodorant without a second thought. He reads ingredient lists for fun rather than to screen for potential foes – nary a worry about peanuts, soy, wheat, or milk. Bees and mosquitoes don’t phase him. Never have I had to worry about what he ingests, contacts, or encounters in the environment.

And then yesterday I walked in the door and the Boy greeted me with a funny look on his face and I was overwhelmed with a slight sense of vertigo as I took in his countenance. He was beet red, with a bit of puffiness to his face, and completely covered in small, raised, rash-like dots on every exposed bit of skin. HIVES! Wait, hives are an allergic response. The Boy doesn’t have allergies, unless he fell into a pit of nettles or poison oak… Which he didn’t, he had been on a bike ride with his dad and took along some snacks for energy.

I tell ya, the boy could eat nails and not suffer a moment of indigestion – but he was completely undone by a Tiger’s Milk bar. Within an hour of consumption he noticed the itchy hives and read the ingredients on the bar; the only ‘new’ food that he didn’t remember ever eating before was carob. We all prefer real chocolate, so I have never bought carob and now that I think about it I don’t recall seeing it in any foods that I have purchased so it is quite possibly the first time he’s eaten it.

I gave him a couple of Benadryl tablets and warned him to watch for respiratory distress; the hives began to fade and he claimed to feel fine after awhile. He plans on testing out his new potential allergy, much like one continues to poke at a new bruise to see if it still hurts, by obtaining some carob and seeing if the hives return when he eats it. I’m not thrilled about him toying with a histamine response, but he seems rather bemused by the situation and who can blame him? His body has launched an attack on a seemingly innocuous ingredient that none of us ever gave a second thought to.

(carob seed pods, image from the ‘net)


About wonkydonkey

You want random? You got it. Mostly knitting and gardening, with some home improvements, pets, baking, family, and the occasional bad joke thrown in for good measure. This blog is mine; it is a place where I can insist upon proper grammar or break my own rules and degrade into slang on a whim. Either way, it's still mine. I love the Internet.
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