When I was very little, I had this weird allergy. I’d eat a certain food and my lip would swell up. Gross, right? Well, we could never figure out what caused it because it wasn’t very consistent. I remember thinking it might be strawberries, chocolate or cheese. It came and went when I was a kid. I remember once about 6th grade my lip was SO BIG my mom took a picture of it. (I will NOT be sharing that online. *shudder*) The first day of 8th grade my lip was swollen (hello, self-esteem). Then it kinda went on hold until college. And it came back with a vengeance. My whole mouth would swell, including my tongue. YUCK.
(Is this TMI?)
Anyway, the next time it happened was about 5 or 6 years later when we lived in Orlando. But this time it was worse. I’d get hives all over my body, my lips would swell, my fingers and you could see the poison in my body through my skin. So gross.
Finally I went on one of those allergy-elimination diets. You eliminate the seven most common allergic foods from your diet and then slowly add them back one by one to see which one affects you. And we realized it was dairy. I wasn’t lactose-intolerant. Just allergic to milk.
So, I stayed off dairy for a long time. Read all my labels. Drank soy. And then it just went away. I’d randomly eat something that had dairy in it and it wouldn’t affect me. So, I figured it was gone.
And it was.
Asa woke up at about 4am and what do I notice first? The bags under my eyes? No. The freezing cold floor? Nope. My swollen lip? YES.
What is up with that?! What kind of allergy comes and goes? Do I have to cut dairy again? *sob* Please, say it isn’t so!!
Have you ever heard of something like this?