Recent weather changes have brought out a rather unpleasant side effect. All day long today, I’ve been battling a non-stop runny nose and sneezing. I’m sure my allergies are in overdrive right now, as I’ve been like a week without any allergy meds.

I discovered I have an allergy to something a few years back, living next door to my parents. Dad had a lot of pecan trees on his property, and many days when I’d open the back door, seemingly out of nowhere my nose would stuff up and run like a faucet. I’ve never had an allergy test done, but I know I am allergic to something. I usually take Claritin, and it keeps the runny nose and sniffles at bay. Today, though, I have what feels like a sinus headache. So yeah, I may be catching a cold. That would actually not be surprising, as the weather drastically went from warm to cold, and returning to warm this weekend (70s last week to 50 Monday, back to 70s-80s next week). Don’t forget to add in lots of wind blowing crap everywhere. Needless to say, I feel slightly miserable right now. Good thing I’m off work today and tomorrow, and that sneezing and runny nose are not coronavirus symptoms.

This leads me to thinking about allergies to food. They are a real thing, as my brother is highly allergic to shellfish. His throat begins to close and he can’t breathe if he eats shrimp, crab or lobster. That would suck, as I love all three. My daughter isn’t necessarily allergic to dairy, but she is lactose intolerant.

I know food allergies exist and are no joking matter, but I despise when people come into work claiming a food allergy, so that their food is prepared a certain way, or they don’t have to deal with an ingredient they don’t like. If you don’t like mayo, ask for no mayo on your sandwich. The big pains are the ones who claim “gluten allergy”. First of all, unless you truly have celiac disease, there is no such thing as gluten allergy. You can have a sensitivity or it may disagree with you, but not a true allergy. Or, it could be you just don’t like bread. Whatever the case, in the kitchen, we take precautions whenever any food allergy is mentioned, since you never know for certain, and we err on the side of caution. It still doesn’t keep us from having our suspicions and grumbling about scraping the grill extra well, cooking on foil (which is a huge pain) or using a separate and special set of tools for one person’s food. And don’t even “at me” saying it’s my job (cue Sarcastic SpongeBob meme). I know it is, fuckwad. We take precautions, regardless of validity. We’re just not happy about it.

The quote of the day is this:

“I think we’re getting to the point where everyone’s getting fat and everyone’s getting allergic, or claims to be allergic to something and people can’t walk from their front door to their car without a bottle of water in their hand because they have to hydrate every three and half steps.”

Adam Carolla

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