Sitting in the Allergy doctor’s office this morning working on a fitness test for my asthma, the blood work results came in from the lab. Remember my episode last week where I nearly bit the dust? Well, my suspicions that I have developed a meat allergy due to the Lone Star Tick is indeed true. I have been diagnosed with the “Alpha-Gal IGE” allergy which means that my body is sensitive to the sugars in mammal meat proteins. Going forward, no beef, pork, lamb or game meat is allowed. It certainly isn’t worth the risk.
So the closest I can get to a nice big juicy medium-rare grilled steak is enjoying beef on the hoof. Even the deer in the woods will taunt me “Nah, nah, nah..you can’t eat me…”
On the up-side, I can still eat poultry and best of all – LOBSTER !! Big hot red delicious Maine Lobster. As we are heading up to Maine tomorrow, this is great news.
I’m actually just fine with the diagnosis. I’d much rather know what caused my anaphylaxis shock as I can manage it from happening again. Just don’t eat meat. This is much better than not knowing what caused it and having to think twice about adventuring out into nature alone for hours like I so enjoy doing. So I can walk the trail around Long Pond with no worries. Can’t wait to get there.