Thoughts on living with adult PA
Adrienne mentioned in a new thread today that she has been reaction free for 15 years. Her post got me thinking about how careful - or careless I am....and how much I've learned in the past year. Will I go 15 years without a reaction? It doesn't seem impossible. And I suddenly realized - I have a comfort zone! Finally!
Home is safe. Eating outside of the home presents a risk. I can understand why parents have anxiety attacks when their PA kids become old enough to attend school.
There's definitely a difference between being a PA adult and PA child. Parents of PA children often avoid restaurants completely....yet I (and others...Erik, Adrienne, etc.) don't always have a choice. When I'm traveling for my occupation, I either eat in restaurants or go hungry.
A chef card has definitely helped! When I order, I stick with the basics. Salmon - baked potato and brocoli...or something similar. Never a dessert.
If I attend cocktail party type of get-togethers that have all kinds of yummy munchies I eat only the raw veggies and cheese. Even then, the cheese has to be 'plain' without stuff stuck on it. After a while, you get used to it...and realize it ain't worth the risk to stray.
I can really relate to Adrienne's posts. She, and other adults who have been living with PA for most of their lives are very matter-of-fact about it. They're careful - but it's no big deal. There's a logical way of dealing with the allergy. Eat basic stuff and don't take risks.
It's amazing how much this old dog has learned in the past year. I didn't think I'd ever get here.
Thanks to all of you!
[This message has been edited by Adele (edited December 14, 2005).]