Saturday, October 18, 2008

Running the corn gauntlet

I'm trying to psych myself up to go last farmers market this morning. I love the farmer's market. It has been my main source of safe food since the late spring and I'm planning to buy as much as possible today, for as long as I can last.

For the last 2 weeks this has become a danger zone for me since fall is here and everyone is decorating with dried corn. I reacted to the corn in the air 2 weeks ago and spent the rest of the day in a benadryl haze, skipped it last week and really, really, really want to go this week.

I'm thinking about wearing a particulate filtering mask to see if it helps, but I'm also wondering how crazy I am willing to look just to stock up on winter squash. Pretty crazy is my guess. Stupid corn.

Update: I'm willing to look like a sick duck to stay safe. The particulate mask worked wonderfully. It has an odd, duck bill shape and may have potential as a Halloween costume. Only one person asked about the mask, but she is a friend and already knows all about the allergy.


Paula said...

Too bad you don't live in Japan. There everyone wears masks when they have a cold--so no-one thinks you're odd if you have one on. On the other hand, they think wearing a helmet when you're on a bicycle is downright funny...

Christine said...

Hi Paula,
I've always thought that was such a nice idea. That way you can go out, but minimize your chance of infecting other people. I HATE it when people who are sick go to work and cough and sneeze on everyone and everything.

Stephanie Lee said...

Hi Christine! I'm new to this allergy and new to your blog (okay. maybe not SO new...but this is my first post).

Reading your experiences has helped me so much...and inspired me to write down my own frustrations to work through this. There is just one post up, but...feel free to stop by!

Christine said...

Hi Stephanie,
I just read your blog and I've just added you to my blog list. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Please let me know if you need more info the corn allergy and check out the links on the corn website-- I remember how overwhelmed I was when I was first diagnosed and some days I just get so aggravated trying to stay safe.

Take care and be safe!