And not because of the substance I’m allergic to, but simply because it’s SO unpredictable.
I had a long emotional day today, a few of my best friends are going through some rough patches and I was being a support person for most of the day. So tonight I poured myself the smallest glass of wine. Unfortunately a few small sips led to the worst allergic reaction I’ve had in a long time.
I could have a sip of the very same wine tomorrow and get no reaction. I could go one month, six months, even a year without having a reaction even if I happened to be drinking every day and then bam, out of nowhere, I’d get a reaction to it.
I’m certainly not drinking every day though lol, I haven’t had more than 1/4 of a glass since I gave birth and nothing for the duration of my pregnancy. But still, it only takes one mouthful to get a reaction when I do get one.
Ghastly. Tonight my lips and face were a little swollen, I got all red and blotchy, my skin felt like it was on fire and it took a lot of will power not to itch. Just about everywhere something was pressing against me I came up with red blotches. It’s a pretty unattractive look, and incredibly uncomfortable.
And all over a couple of sips of alcohol! There is no method to the madness of this allergy, the quality of the alcohol has no bearing on when it hits, and all it takes is one sip.
On the day of our wedding I took a sip of wine as I started to get ready to test whether I’d have a reaction that day – I could think of nothing worse than sitting at the bridal table and getting an allergy.
It’s an inconvenient thing, that’s for sure. And such a shame, because I do love a glass of wine on the odd occasion.