musing and venting re comfort zones and the \'neurotic\' stereotype

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On Dec 14, 2006

I didn't click the link, so I don't know if this is in there. But I think I've read somewhere that airborne reactions can be brought on by smell, without inhaling any of the protein. The body smells it, remembers that it's a bad thing, and takes a preemptive strike. I guess that could be classified as psychosomatic since there isn't any "real protein" causing the reaction. But it's not within your control, and it doesn't make it any less life-threatening. And I know true psychosomatic reactions are possible, thinking yourself into a reaction. But I do think you can also react to airborne protein, just like you react to dust. I mean, if you take a breath through your mouth, and the air you take in has peanut protein in it, that's ingestion!

I don't really know what to tell you about the person living with you though. There is always a possibility that you will find a guy who has some of the same problems you do. krasota has a lot of mfa's and I think celiac, and she's married and I think pregnant. There's always the possibility that you won't find anyone, but that is true for everyone.

I dunno. I feel the same way sometimes because I have some chronic problems too. It's totally understandable.

On Dec 15, 2006

Thanks for the support, starlight. I was having what might be called a "bad allergy day" (by analogy with a "bad hair day.") [img][/img]