So, I was sitting on the couch enjoying my favorite comfort food. Ice cream. No, it wasn't the sugar-free butter pecan. It was Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey. Really? Should I be eating anything with the word "chunky" in it?
Anyway, I have a sore throat and burning tummy so my excuse was the milk would coat my tummy and the cold would soothe my throat. Win-win, right?
Chunky Monkey is banana ice cream with chunks of dark chocolate and walnuts.
This is my monthly treat. And yes, I eat the entire pint while watching a Lifetime or Hallmark movie.
This time was different. As I was simultaneously enjoying the last spoonful and scorning myself for enjoying the same, I started feeling weird.
My mouth went numb. At first I thought it was the cold from the ice cream, but the feeling extending up the entire right side of my face. I told hubby I felt weird after eating my ice cream. He said, " You ate the whole thing?"
"Yes, I always do. And that's not the point right now!"
Then my top lip started to swell. Uh-oh, I'm in trouble. So I run to my doctor (Dr. Google) and look up what I already suspect, that I'm having some kind of allergic reaction. My entire body starts to tingle and I really start to panic. I go to the medicine cabinet to look for some Benadryl. Now why would I look there? I know I never have what I need when I need it. I have hubby drive me to the pharmacy. During the drive I believe I'm having symptoms of anaphylaxis and he thinks he should take me to the emergency room instead. I have a history of over-exaggeration (so I'm told) so I decide to just go to CVS.
I return home, take the Benadryl and try to relax. My face and body continue to tingle for over an hour and my lip was still swollen. I, thankfully, had no breathing problems and my throat and tongue didn't swell. Hubby kept a close eye on me and I survived. Whew! That was sooo scary.
I'm assuming I was allergic to the walnuts? It couldn't be the chocolate. Life wouldn't play such a cruel trick on me.
Tomorrow I'm going to the doctor to get a referral to see an allergist and get tested. Tuesday is my appointment to the GI for my tummy troubles. And then I have to make an appointment to the dermatologist for some spots that are appearing on my body. I told my nurse that I think I'm becoming a hypochondriac and she said, "Well, you are 44. What do you expect?"
Huh? I didn't expect you to say THAT!
Have a wonderful day.