Crazy and Confusing

QuestionIt would appear that I am still eating something that I’m allergic to.  Even though I have eliminated so many food categories and all packaged foods, all of the issues are not gone.  I have still been getting an itchy throat and stomach pains off and on.  Not as often as it was happening before, but still there.

But something really bothered me last night.  I’m remembering everything I had and cannot figure out what the problem could be.  It was our turn to bring dinner for our Monday night Bible study.  I made chicken soup (from scratch, except for the chicken broth), a fruit salad, and rolls (which I did not have).  As soon as I had finished eating, my chest and arms were covered in rash and I have no idea what could have caused it.  I tried to ignore it, but then my throat started to get swollen.  I popped a benedryl right away to make sure it didn’t get any worse.  Needless to say, it was a little difficult to stay awake and concentrate on Bible study after that.

All I can think of is that there was cantaloupe in the fruit salad which sometimes gives me an itchy throat.  But cantaloupe is so good, and I only had three little pieces of it.  I used store bought chicken broth, but there was nothing in it that I should be allergic to.  We were eating off of paper plates and bowls, which apparently contain corn (who knew?).  But I don’t understand how any of that could possibly be enough to cause a problem that I’m still feeling today.  I have been eating my allergic foods my whole life and never noticed that anything was giving me a problem… what the heck?

I have an appointment tomorrow for my first allergy shots.  It will be interesting to see what the doctor says about me still having these issues on the limited diet I’m already on.  I feel like we wont ever be able to eat out anymore.  It is so hard to be careful enough to avoid everything.  How do people do this?