Allergies: How I Hate Thee
Oh allergies, oh allergies, how I hate you. Yes, you heard that, I hate you.
“Why” you ask? Well, in the past two weeks you have:
Caused my daughter to develop an allergy to nuts. Nuts, really? You mean you are going to prevent my daughter from enjoying numerous Christmas cookies in the years to come and no PB&J. Really? I mean, REALLY?
Caused me to get a sinus infection, which then opened me to easily catch the worst stomach flu I have ever had (oh yeah and the sinus infection is still with me).
Oh … forgot to mention:
You’ve given me mild asthma!!! Yep, I now have a daily inhaler, an emergency inhaler, and three other allergy meds.
So, yeah, I hate you allergies. I hate you with all of my heart and soul and am determined to eliminate you and all your nasty reactions and the way you limit what I can do and how far I can push myself — and the way you have limited what my daughter can eat. You have stamped her with the “NUT ALLERGY WARNING WARNING” sign that will plague her family, teachers and everyone who loves her for years to come.
So, before I figure out how to destroy you, I have to l learn more about you.
From what I understand, allergies occur when “your immune system makes antibodies that identify your particular allergen as something harmful, even though it isn’t.” But what I don’t understand is why are our immune systems going haywire? What has changed in the environment, what we are eating and what are we doing to make these reactions more severe? Why are allergies increasing at such a great rate?
I don’t know if the various hypotheses are right. But I am going to find out.
So, dear Live Pretty readers, what do you know about allergies, why are they growing? What can we do to get rid of them?
In the meantime, I am a mama with a mission. DESTROY ALLERGIES!!!