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Old 28-05-2008, 22:59   #1
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Shellfsh Allergies - Great News

So. I have been married for 13 years to an amazing woman who is deathly allergic to all shellfish.......she thought.

Her mother told her when she was very young she had a fatal allergy to seafood. Basically filling her next 30 odd years with fear of eating out or buying fresh fish from a display even close to and shrimp or lobster. |as a loving husband have avoided one of my favorite food groups for 13 years due to this allergy.

As we are moving to Halifax, and she has never shown any signs of a reaction (due we thought to our extreme diligence), I sugested she go to an allergist to get tested. She did, and she isn't!! Woo Hoo

So as a trial (after speaking to her doctor and getting an epi pen) we went out for dinner where she tried Clams, Lobster, Crab, Shrimp and Scallops. Kind of over kill, but she wanted to be sure.

This is very cool as it removes all sorts of fear, AND opens up so much great cuisine. Not to mention the self aquired food once we get cruising.

Anyways, I am just excited so I wanted to share.
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Old 29-05-2008, 01:07   #2
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Anyways, I am just excited so I wanted to share.
She's been HEALED! Yeeah!

Seriously, that's wonderful news. Next question, does she like seafood?
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Soooo, begs the question of why did her Mother say such a thing??
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Soooo, begs the question of why did her Mother say such a thing??

I had an undetermined (they tested) allergic reaction as a youngster. I was warned (by Dr.) off peanut butter, aspirin, & penicillin - “just in case”.
I’m not, and probably never was, allergic to any of them.
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Soooo, begs the question of why did her Mother say such a thing??
Probably the same reason my parents would tell me as a child that lobster was an 'aquired' taste and you had to get used to it. They didn't want me liking it and wanting it.
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Her mother hates seafood and like claims an allergy as well. Even to the point of the "smell making her sick". I suspect she just didn't like the stuff and this is a case that reminds me of the Pink Floyd song "Mother"...do you think they'll drop the bombs?

Amazing how badly a poor parent can scar a child and affect their adult life (other issues than sea food going on here obviously. But! At least we got this one licked.
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Soooo, begs the question of why did her Mother say such a thing??
Like Gord says.

Plus many people have a "side effect" of a medication and hence call themselves allergic.
Side effects are normal for given drugs. Some are uncomfortable. Also the lay person knows that if they say they are allergic then they know they will not be given that med and will avoid it's side effects. No matter that it may be the best choice for their affliction.

Latex is a good example too. Many claim allergy to latex when they are not. It is much more expensive to provide latex-free items but some of the pt population have heard (incorrectly) that you will be given preferential treatment if you are latex allergic. The preferential treatment is the pain in the a** to remove the latex stuff from the area for at least an hour and check and re-check all items to be sure no content of latex. Then you find out they have no trouble using condoms - a dead giveaway.

Many (most) of medical items now come latex free, at a large cost premium, because of the increase numbers of allergic patients, true or perceived.

If I was king I would require anyone with an allergy to have documented proof of said allergy. It would save the world billions and billions each year.

Lets see, this is not to shun caring for those with allergies as it is not their fault.
It is also not sailing related either I guess.

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