A couple of months ago, my fiance, Bryan and I made Thai Chicken Pizza for dinner. The recipe calls for peanut sauce, peanut butter and peanuts. That's a lot of peanuts. So when my throat started to swell after eating some of the pizza, I got really scared and popped a bunch of benadryl. Luckily for me, the benadryl did the trick and my throat stopped swelling and everything returned to normal. But it scared the shit out of me because I don't have health insurance and I'm currently unemployed. It means that if I have to go to the hospital, it's going to be really, really expensive. Which is something Bryan and I just cannot afford. So I do my damnedest to not get sick.
Fast forward to the night before last, I fixed myself a scoop of ice cream with chocolate syrup and tossed just a couple of peanuts on top. Mostly to just try a couple and see if my reaction had been a one time thing or if it was indeed getting worse with age. Sure enough. My throat started to swell again. Yikes! This time I wasn't scared because I was prepared for it. So I popped a couple of benadryl and shortly, I was fine.
I mentioned on twitter about my reaction to the peanuts and Amanda told me how she has a zippy bag that she keeps with her all the time and I thought that was a really smart idea. So yesterday, I sat down and pulled out my scrap bin and started pulling fabrics. After an hour or so, I had finished this fabulous little zippy bag to keep my benadryl with me at all times. I'll be recalibrating my interaction with restaurants and starting now, asking about their cooking habits and making more careful decisions regarding peanuts and my ability to avoid them in the future. But on the off chance I encounter one, I'll be completely prepared with my medicine zippy!