How our first date was interrupted by my food allergies
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share the story of me and my husband’s (Patrick) first date. Let me just say that it is pretty much not how you want any first date to go! Hint hint it ended in the hospital.
Our first date was at Noodles & Company. Not the most romantic venue, but we were college students, and the concept was so fun to us. Neither of us being American and the place feels so American, eh! Also, I had eaten there once before, and it was successful. As usual, I told them about my food allergies, and I saw that it was on the receipt.
We ate successfully, or so I thought.
After dinner, we decided to stroll through Millennium Park (where you can find the ‘bean’ in Chicago). I started feeling weird; my stomach was cramping, and something was happening that I had never experienced. I wish I could say it was just butterflies in my stomach. Alas, it was a sesame seed. We sat down on a bench, and my whole body started getting itchy and then covered in hives. I was itchy, like so itchy I wanted to rip my scalp off.
What happened next is a lesson for everyone with anaphylaxis on what not to do.
I had allergic reactions before, so I took Benadryl, and we decided to head back to the dorm room. Nothing seemed to get better, I was itchy, my throat was swelling, and I was losing my voice. Signs of an anaphylactic reaction!!!!
I was in slight denial since all the reactions I’ve experienced in the past vomiting was one of the symptoms, which was not the case this time. Also, seriously this was not how I wanted our first date to go! 😕
At this point, I should have used my epi pen. I didn’t. Instead, I went to my room and changed into some sweat pants. Things were just getting worse. Patrick asked if he should call an ambulance and at that point I had no clue what was going on and said yes. 🚑
By the time I was in the ambulance, I had no voice and was slightly delirious. They gave me epinephrine and Benadryl through IV. I had to stay in the hospital for observation for a couple of hours and Patrick was with me the whole time. He also called my parents to let them know had happened. Yup, talking to the parents on the first date.
A date to remember
Our first date is one to remember. That night changed a lot of things in my life. I was now with my husband to be and my food allergies became something very real. The doctor told us if I was ten minutes later I might not have made it. Patrick was my knight in shining armour! He called the ambulance and made sure I was ok the whole time.
That was over seven years ago and since my food allergies have only gotten worse. I now have airborne allergies to peanuts and sesame. I am extremely lucky to be with someone who understands the seriousness of food allergies and who is my number one allergy support system. ❤️
From our house to yours we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day. May it be safe and full of love!