I Have to ... Coconuts!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

So I'm going through my emails and I find my writing prompts, and what is one of the prompts? Coconuts! I swear I can't get away from them. I never really gave coconuts a second thought, beyond don't make it eat it. I hated it, if it touched my tongue I would spit it out and be a little nauseous. But I could use it on my hair, skin, and even my lip balm with no problems.

That all changed the day one new barista mixed up two drinks and put coconut flakes in my latte. I couldn't figure out what was wrong, it tasted wrong. I got flushed and nauseous. I couldn't finish it and brought it back and she tells me there were coconut flakes in it. I said there wasn't suppose to be, we argue while another barista remakes my drink. Meanwhile, I'm trying not to throw up. I just thought ok I'm feeling sick because I don't like coconut, went home and put the kids to bed.

Boy was I wrong! Before falling asleep my tongue got all itchy and I was getting a little worried but I was so tired and feeling sick I decided to deal with it in the morning. Not my brightest idea....

By morning my tongue was swollen, my throat was swollen, and I knew something was definitely wrong. I went to urgent care after I sent the kids to school and I most likely got there just in time. Just as I'm checking in I started choking and fighting to breathe. Turns out I'm highly allergic to coconut! Who knew! The doctor said that getting flushed and nausea are actually the first symptoms of coconut allergy. That I used to immediately spit out and feel nauseous if like those mixed chocolates with coconut instead touched my tongue was my body's way of protecting myself.

Long story short, thanks to a new barista I found out I was allergic to coconut. I now have to carry an EpiPen with me because if I accidentally ingest it my reaction could happen much faster and be more severe and the doctor thought it was pretty severe, to begin with. And now I can't even use anything with coconut in it, and OMG everything is made with coconuts!

I can't get away from them.

2 comments

  1. It's such a frustrating allergy to have because no one evens knows about it! Glad you're ok!

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