This forum can be so stressful! I am a regular here because allergies rule our world, and I enjoy helping others with info and some perspective. But yikes! This is such a hard issue I feel that I just need to de-stress. Not exactly vent, because we've been doing this for so long as a family. But it never ends, does it?
I am an avid home baker who uncovered multiple allergies late in life, and it almost completely derailed my love of baking. It did my love of cooking and recipes. I just don't have the joy any more. My daughter and I have competing allergies. She can have soy and oats, but not wheat and dairy. I can have wheat and (kind of some) dairy but not oats or soy. (We have many, many other allergies besides.) She can have buckwheat and lentils and navy beans. I can't cook with garlic anymore. It just doesn't cook away the troublesome compounds. I can't have mushrooms anymore, I feel like they make me want to throw up.
But I don't just want to vent. We have had some great success. We are eating more together as a family rather than the short order style that it was in the beginning. Avoiding allergens has taught me some discipline I needed to lose 40 pounds. I feel sooooo much better than 2 years ago.
So, though we still have to eat before going to parties and potlucks, it's been OK recently. We can't eat out much and when we do it's extremely limited. But otherwise, it's becoming that allergies aren't ruling our lives anymore. It's becoming background. This month dd has been challenging some of the troublesome foods and we see less trouble with corn (back in because she *really* wants to eat corn) and with buckwheat. It's hard to get her to agree to challenge things. A peanut trial at her doc's office might open up some nut trials for us, but I am less eager about those. I am more eager to trial rice and, especially, eggs. Eggs would make wheat-free baking so much easier.
So, I just wanted to share. I've seen many of you post regularly here, I would love to hear your stories too.