Food Allergies – The Unexpected

All my life I have been sick, from mild headaches, backaches, to dizziness. Never in my life did I suspect I had any types of allergies. It all started when I was in elementary school. I remember being mildly sick a lot. I missed lots of school, and spent a lot of time in bed reading. I had a waterbed also, and that probably didn’t help my dizziness! 🙂 But I just lived with it, I thought that is how I was supposed to feel. I have no idea what it feels like to be healthy, my whole life.

Why did my allergies get missed? Well , there is such a thing as delayed allergic reaction. I would not be sick until 24-48 hours after eating the food. Also, I wasn’t vomiting, my throat wasn’t closing up, I didn’t break out in hives, and I wasn’t dying. I was just mildly ill. Also the symptoms came out in weird ways, neck and back pain, dizziness (from lack of blood pressure). I thought for years I had vertigo.

What are my allergies? Shellfish, and fresh fish. Yes, I’m allergic to both, not all fish, but I’ve tried a few, and maybe due to cross contamination, I get ill. In the end, I got ill immediately, the last time I had shrimp, within 30 minutes I was projectile vomiting. It was then that I finally knew it had to be the food. Many times, the reaction was delayed, and then I just felt very low energy, back pain, and dizziness but for days. It was in my system and would take some time before it left.

But it took me almost 35 years to figure this out. For a long time I thought I was having other issues, like menstrual cramps, due to being a female. A man may have realized much sooner. I was told to have a hysterectomy when I was in my early 30’s. For some reason, I did not, I was a bit afraid of the surgery. I am so glad looking back that I did not. It was an unnecessary surgery.

The worst symptom I had was loss of blood pressure. I was fainting since I was in high school. I always attributed it too lack of sleep, or I drank alcohol. I fainted while driving, while working, while giving a speech once in college and even while out shopping. I never realized it was food because, it was not something that happened immediately after eating, and I didn’t have any stomach issues. It was only towards the end, that I realized it was due to food.

I had learned to manage my pain, I didn’t know what was wrong with me, I also broke my tailbone and so that made me think my back pain was from that issue. I still have pain from that, but not like the pain before. It was excruciating. Who would have known that food can cause back pain, and neck pain? I was probably so swollen, my whole system was trying to adjust.

Over the years, I have been to every kind of doctor imaginable except the allergist. After one of the last times I fainted, I thought I had food poisoning, and passed out from the pain. No. I passed out due to lack of blood pressure. That was my main symptom.

I was not living. Please if you have a child, who is mildly sick, or has dizziness, or just complains about not feeling well in general and the doctor can’t find out what is wrong. Ask to have them tested for allergies. Not everyone gets hives, or their throat closes, or need to be rushed to the hospital immediately. This is how most people find out they have allergies. There is such a thing as delayed reaction, and it can make allergies very hard to detect. My mom was a nurse, my husband was a medic, and my brother too, and no one had any idea, I was allergic. I have blogged about wonderful crab dinners I had, and I am sure, I was very ill, days later, but had no idea there was a connection.

Much of my life I was sleeping, and resting, and just trying to manage my life, while being very ill. Don’t let this happen to you or any other family member. Your doctor can run a blood test, and test for the major food allergies. You do not have to go to an allergist, you can try that first. I was the one that figured it out, I told my doctor, I think I am allergic to something. You can be sick for days and days after also, for a week I would have very very low blood pressure after eating shrimp, or crab and especially trout.

Wildflower Hike in Weaverville, California

Beautiful close up of a native wild flower in Trinity county california the Calypso Orchid, which is a bright fuschia purple with a beard petal of the same color and black and brown dots.

Happy May Day!  What better way to start the month than with some beautiful flowers!

 

I went for a short hike last weekend and looked at wild flowers in the East Weaver Basin Trail.  It was beautiful, there were quite a few flowers!  But it was raining quite a bit!

 

I managed to get some nice photos of these flowers, native to Trinity county, California. Pictured here is the Calypso Orchid, a native wild flower.

The hike was great, quite a few people, I hope to get back this week on a sunny day.

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful close up of a native wild flower in Trinity county california the Calypso Orchid, which is a bright fuschia purple with a beard petal of the same color and black and brown dots.
Native wildflower, the Calypso Orchid, Trinity county.

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Pictured s an oak tree trunk and several hound's tongue wild flowers growiing around. The hounds tongue is a big broad leaves at the ground and a stalk coming up with tiny bluish purple flowers and some are reddish purple.
Hound’s Tongue Wild flowers in Trinity county, native species of wild flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hound’s Tongue is another native wild flower to Trinity county.  It has beautiful bright green leaves that are broad, and then one large stem or stalk coming out and there are flowers at the top of the stem. There was a lot of Hound’s Tongue flowering and growing everywhere.  Where at the Calypso orchid we saw one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful close up chot of the flower of the Hound's Tongue it has bright purple five petals with a white circle of pistals, and then a black and yellow center.
Hound’s Tongue Wildflower in Weaverville, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hound’s Tongue was found all over on this hike!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This native to Trinity county wild flower is a tiny little purple and black and yellow flower with black and yellow on the very front tip and a purple flower that is looking like a dragon fly, one stem has several flowers shooting off.
Native wild flowers Henderson’s Shooting Star in Trinity county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trinity county native wild flowers are so beautiful! Many of these flowers do not grow at my house, the area we went for a hike at was very wooded, wet, and hilly.  This native wild flower is from the Primerose family.

Next sis the beautiful Henderson’s Shooting Star, this flower is very tiny and delicate with several flowers shooting out, of one star shaped flower.  It’s tiny stalk with multiple stalks coming out which have the flowers.  There were lots of shooting stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showy phlox is a bright pink wild flower in Trinity county, pictured is a piece of wood with a showy phlox facing down after a rain and rain drops on the backs of the petals.
Beautiful showy phlox after a spring rain.

 

 

 

 

These are called Showy Phlox, in the Phlox famly apparently.

This natve wild flower to Trinity county likes the wooded and rocky hillsides, They also bloom in May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured s a bright pink flower with a kelly green leaves in the background, showy phlox is a Trinity county native wild flower from the phox family.
Showy phlox is a beautiful bright pink native wild flower in the phlox family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tall Mountain Larkspur or Dwarf Larkspur?

 

 

 

Lastly we have Mountain Larkspur, which is a tall stem with lots of purple flowers.  We only saw some tiny ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Blossoms, Trinity County, CA.

I love apple blossoms, especially the ones with pink.

Apple blossoms soon to be apples. Once again in the cycle spring to fall.

 

Apple Blossoms in April in Trinity county, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of an apple tree blossom, pink and white, with yellow pistals in the center, and green tiny leaves in between.
I love this apple tree and it’s blossoms in the spring.

Beautiful close up of a pink and white apple blossome with yellow pistals and five or six more closed pink blossoms around the single open one. Beautiful green leaves, and the apple tree trunk with the background of the blue sky and an old bluehouse and tin roof.
Apple blossoms.