This is a post about my allergy pet peeve. I’ve got several, including the dreaded “can’t you just try a bite?” The thing about pet peeves is that they’re personal. You may totally disagree with this post, but this is my opinion.
I’ve always had a limited diet in some shape, way, or form. My allergist, primary, and other doctors cycled through dietary changes they thought would help me. I was dairy free, shellfish free, soy free, bland diet, and finally wound up gluten free after a Celiac disease diagnosis in 2012. When Critter was born, we struggled with what we thought was reflux for a while before realizing that she was dealing with food allergies.
There is a lot more food allergy and Celiac awareness now than when I was first diagnosed, and many of my interactions surrounding our weird diets are positive. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions and stigmas surrounding food allergies. I recently dealt with a few less than understanding people in a situation involving food and kids. I understand that many people mean well and are just uninformed or, let’s be honest, nosey. But listen y’all, as someone with Celiac who is parenting a kid with FPIES, there’s one question I never want to hear again.
“How bad is the allergy?”