I have never been so miserable in my entire life! The past 2 days have been a living H-E-double hockey sticks.
I was so excited when our neighbor called us to come over and grab some of their fresh peaches. When we arrived they had 3 grocery bags full of peaches for us. These peaches were super small compared to what you find at the grocery store.
|Grocery store peach - largest from the tree - smallest from the tree|
With three bags and not enough time or craving to eat all of them we decided to peel them and freeze them for later. We added lemon juice and sugar to keep them tasty. Of course I watched Green Acres while peeling! It helped me feel like a country girl to the core (or to the pit? because peaches have pits!)
Needless to say my hands were covered in peach juice and peach fuzz. This made them very itchy and I began to break out with red spots on my hands. The Farmer thought it might be a heat rash because of the 100 degree weather we've had lately. I thought they were tick bits from the dog we bathed the day before. Either way they were annoying and not going away, so I decided to visit the doctor.
The doctor said it was probably the peaches and if I took a Benadryl and stayed away from peaches it would probably go away. I took the Benadryl, but that made me incredibly tired! So I didn't have time to make my lunch in the morning and as I'm walking out the door I grab a peach to eat for breakfast!
I get to work and my ears are tingling and my chest is itchy. I go to the restroom and see I have completely broken out in hives!!
|From head to toe!!|
I excuse myself from work and head home (a 1 hour drive home) to take a Benadryl and pass out. The Benadryl did NOT help!!! The hives were spreading from my face to my toes! My feet were swelling, I couldn't form a fist with my hands and finally around 3am my tongue starts to swell. Having no insurance the Farmer and I are contimplating visiting the Emergency Room or not. Such a hard decision to make! I couldn't image turning down an ER visit for a child, but we did for me. We stuck it out until 8am when we could visit the local doctor and get the steriod shot she suggested at our last visit.
We also changed the sheets and I scrubbed my teeth clean for fear of peach remains that may still be irritating my body.
Thankfully I woke up Thursday morning feeling great and with no rash to be seen. Gotta love living in a first world country!
I have sworn off peaches for the next year. I even hold my breath when walking by them in the grocery store.
Labels: allergy, doctor, Food, grits, health, peaches, sick