Fruit is Trying to Kill Me


You’d think I’d learn, but I refuse.  First a peach sent me to the hospital in July.  Then pre-sliced apples from Pike’s Market in Seattle had me scrambling to pop Benadryl to make the hives and swelling of my mouth go away, and today, a plum tried to kill me.  This is getting freakishly ridiculous.

I have been eating fruit for my entire life and I’ve never had a problem until this summer.  Our theory at this point is that all three of these came from a farmer’s market (the peach and the plum from the same market here in Virginia Beach, and the pre-sliced apples from a deli at Pikes) and the farm or packaging workers were wearing latex gloves – to which I KNOW I’m allergic, and somehow I ate that and that’s what caused the fun hives (including some IN my mouth today), the itchy throat, and the swelling.  I did see the deli workers wearing latex gloves, so I should have put that together with the apple incident.  I have a Dr’s appt next Thursday, so until then, I’m sticking to bananas.

On a fun note, I made a recipe from my new Happy Herbivore’s cookbook today!  I made the yellow dal, which was a super simple recipe with yellow split peas that I happened to have on hand.  I served it over some brown rice, and topped with some broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and snow peas.  And a few dashes of hot sauce.  It was absolutely wonderful.

such a yummy and filling dish. Love the crunchy raw veggies on top for texture too.

Then much later (after the Benadryl wore off), I really wanted a bloody mary…so I made a juice in my Vitamix, then poured over ice with some vodka.  I’m telling you…those little Thai chilis are HOT.  So I’m a wee loopy with lips of fire.

tomato, kale, beet, bell pepper, onion, Thai chili, carrot, and lemon juice
clearly the healthiest addition

I also felt a deep need to bake.  That urge doesn’t happen very often, but I was so blown away by Kittee at Vida Vegan Con and her impassioned discussion of gluten-free baking – and coupled with my own need to provide nut free baked goods for R – that I went on a bit of a cookbook and ingredient shopping spree and got to work.  My first attempt – fudgy brownies!  I haven’t tried them yet – I have to wait until fully cooled.  But I’m SO excited!

batter you could TOTALLY eat because there nothing gross like raw eggs in it...but it's full of chocolate and chocolate chips!


I went to the Virginia Beach Rock N Roll Half Marathon Expo this evening.  I am registered to race, but obviously can’t until my back is normal again (which it’s SO close) and I build my mileage back up.

Virginia Beach Convention Center

I am going to go cheer on the bazillion other runners though, and just enjoy being a spectator.  And to live vicariously through others.


Meetings, Benadryl, you know…a typical Friday!

After my first meeting this morning, I was finally hungry and ate a plum.  Bad move clearly.  I didn’t panic too badly this time, but did pop a full dose of Benadryl at home and waited for the swelling and hives to go away.  And it took 2 hours before I could drive again.  Benadryl just knocks me out!  Then it was back to the office for more meetings (though I locked myself out of the office).

I’m not going to rant too much, but it was a rough afternoon.  Big project  + Benadryl + major issues (externally caused…not internally) = full-on bitchy Crissie.  It was messy and bloody and I’m not sure there were many survivors.  It’s going to be tense this next week.  I love my job and the people I work with will pull a miracle out of their ears like they always do.  I can certainly say my work life is also NEVER dull 🙂

On a fun note, I met my youngest’s new teacher for this year and I really like him.  She’s excited because it’ll be her first boy teacher.

R playing on my iPad at dinner after her school open house. Just she and was fun.
random picture of strange child using pirate patch as a third eye...I children are so NOT normal...but they ARE cute. Most of the time 🙂

And I got to play a grown up game of pin the tail on the donkey.  The entire IT shop of my company (about 580 people) are going to be moving into a newly renovated building in a year or so.  We met yesterday to put up the floor plans, each Director was given a color, and we went to town stickering the crap out of the floor plans to try to figure out where we’re all going to sit.  It was funny and I had to take pictures.

So I’m going to spend the rest of the evening staying up late and pretending I’m back on West Coast time, catching up on the day’s blog reading, and drink another bloody mary!

one of the floors. There are 5...

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

7 thoughts on “Fruit is Trying to Kill Me

    1. I certainly licked what was left 🙂 The brownies came out great, and even the uber picky husband and son loved them.
      My latex allergy has grown worse over the years. I acquired it working in a hospital laboratory and switched careers when it got too tough. It sucks because it’s everywhere!

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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