For as long as I can remember, everytime I blew out my birthday candles, I wished that I wasn’t allergic to peanuts. Except for when I was 4…I wished for a bunny. That one didn’t come true so I went back to my old standby. Up until my last birthday, that was my sole wish.
I got some awesome news on Friday. After 23 years of living with a peanut allergy, I found out that it has gone away.
I bounced around a little bit in the car on the way to Target to buy my very first jar of peanut butter. I was so excited, and couldn’t stop thinking about how much easier my life had immediately become. After years of reading labels, having to buy expensive “organic” food bars because they were nut free, carrying an Epi-Pen with me everywhere, never allowing PB in our house, and worrying about sharing food, it was a gigantic weight lifted off of me.
Finally, I don’t have to worry about accidentally eating peanuts, and the Fireman doesn’t have to watch everything he eats when he’s not at home. There is literally a whole new world of food for me now. The most embarassing part of it all? I had NO idea what aisle the peanut butter was on in Target.
The allergy testing process was something that I hope I don’t have to go through again anytime soon. I was literally one big hive, and did everything possible to not scratch at my arms.
The real test came today when I actually ate it. The Fireman would prefer that I eat it on the cot in the ambulance on the way to the hospital WITH an IV already in place, but the best I could give him was testing it at work with a drug box and a paramedic nearby. And you know what? It’s actually not too bad. It’s definitely going to be an acquired taste. For so long, the smell of it was associated with “STAY AWAY!” which makes it hard for me to eat it. So far, so good though!!
I can’t wait to eat M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, peanut butter crackers, a PB&J, peanut butter brownies, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, peanuts, etc, etc, etc. I’M SO EXCITED!!!