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Oral allergy syndrome update – part 2

Welcome back! Catch up with all the nonsense from part one here.

Do you glow when you eat a tomato? That’s what I was trying to find out so was very eager to hear back from my allergist with my latest results.

One afternoon at the beginning of Jan 2019, I answered the call that changed my life.

“Hello Louise, your results are in”

“Great, what am I allergy to?”

“Nothing”

“Wait what?”

“Nothing”

“Can you say that in English because I swear you’re saying that after 3,5 years of very restrictive eating, a few cross contamination episodes which landed me in hospital, an irresitable love of interrogating restaurant chefs, and a whole lot of faffing about regarding the interpretation of food labels, ARE YOU NOW TELLING ME I AM CURED? I DO NOT HAVE ANY FOOD ALLERGIES, I AM ALLERGIC TO NOTHING?

“Yes”

“What about tomato or wheat, cooked or raw?”

sahand-hoseini-BMVAYjPf6mU-unsplash“Go eat pizza if you want”

“WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???? CAN YOU EVEN CURE YOURSELF FROM FOOD ALLERGIES? I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEFORE, ARE YOU A REAL DOCTOR?”

“Your immune system has now healed and I can’t detect anything in your bloodwork; you’re fine.”

“I thought I hated you, but I love you”

“Thanks”

“Do you want a picture of me for your wall or latest medical magazine cover, this is amazing.”

He didn’t.

Turns out, he was correct. I went home and tested myself by eating tomato sauce, just a few drops. No reaction. I ate a crumb of bread. No reaction. We ordered pizza. No reaction. Over the coming weeks, I re-introduced all my forbidden foods, all of which came up with no reaction. Not even a single scratch.

Oh, and didn’t I eat for Sweden! Making up for lost time.

“Would you like a cinnamon bun?”

“Yep, make it two!”

“Want a cardamom bun”

“Jesus, of course I do, hand them over”

“Darling, should I get pizza on the way home?”

“HELL YES!”

With gleeful abandon, for 2019 and the first half of 2020 I ate grains with joy, with a side of tomato salad.

Well, until this happened. Since, nearly dyings, I’ve gone back to a restrictive diet, with success I might add, as I haven’t had much of a reaction since. But not knowing really what the cause of my reaction in May was, every time I eat, I feel like I’m playing Russian roulette. Will we end the night with Netflix or a trip to emergency?

But Friday is the BIG DAY. I have an allergist appointment including a skin prick test and the works – with a new allergy clinic as I refused to go back to my original allergist. I can’t wait to sort this all out, and to find out, if I am once again a scientific miracle, or if I’ll be given an epi-pen and orders not to eat anything but apples.

More to come.

Autumn top 10

Well although I've got a thing for spring, autumn is my favourite season. So I am delighted to say that this week in Sweden, it's officially arrived and thus time to pull out your uggs. It's a beautiful time in Sweden where the temperature drops, but not far enough for me to complain.

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