Strawberry Overdose!

So cheap and juicy!

Regina Spektor sings, “Hey remember that time when you OD’ed? Hey remember that other when you OD’ed for the second time?” in her song “That Time.”

It’s a great song, and while I know she was talking about drugs, I can’t help but relate right now. Because I totally OD’ed on strawberries, and a part of me knew I was going to.

I’ve had an inkling for a while that the three times a week rule is more of a ballpark. Sometimes, I can get away with 4-5 times. And sometimes, 1-2. It depends on the food. Strawberries, it seems, are more of a 1-2 time food.

I ate about 5 strawberry cherry muffins early this week, and I used about 6 strawberries for the batch of 10. So that’s like 3 strawberries, over the course of 4 days. Not a lot, but a lot of times. Today, on my drive home from work, I wanted sugar so I had some freeze dried strawberries. One handful, fine. Two handfuls, fine. Third handful, verging on mediocre and I thought, “Hey, I think I’m overdosing.” But then, like a drug addict, I guess, I got hungry and wanted more and decided I was invincible. So handful number four, and it was like FIRE in my mouth. I feel hives on my tongue. It’s unlike most of my allergic reactions, because it’s not swelling per se, but it feels exactly like a hive only on the back of my tongue, not my skin.

I had one more to see if I was crazy and of course the hive flared back up. So yes, I am crazy, but probably for experimenting. While driving. Um, clouded allergy judgement anyone? (I was safe, though, hives just hurt they aren’t like fatal or anything, and I knew I wasn’t at risk for anaphylaxis, just discomfort. Sure it was dumb, but I promise it was not as dumb as it seems).

I then decided to do what any normal person does. Stop to pick up dry cleaning that’s been waiting at the cleaner’s for over a couple of weeks. There’s something about proving to myself that I’m not sick that makes me really want to do chores. I bet that these days, if I had an anaphylactic reaction, I’d consider cleaning my apartment before using my Epipen. I’m motivated by stubbornness and control issues. You can’t stop me, I say!

Anyway, as I climbed the stairs to the cleaner (4 steps), I noticed I was not as spry as I usually am. That confirmed this reaction. This burning on my tongue is not a hallucination, it’s not insanity, it’s not psychosomatic, it’s a real reaction. And since I am not allergic to strawberries, it must be an overdose.

I’m Cindy, and I overdosed on strawberries. But hey. I also finally picked up my dry cleaning.

Win/win?

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4 responses

  1. I’ve decided you need to do a show centering around a character with major food allergies. I don’t know how this would work or what it would be about but it has to happen. I mean, how many characters on TV have allergies? It is time to spread the awareness.

    • There was an allergy joke on “Anger Management” a few episodes ago. And people mention it in passing. But it’s not the focal point for anyone. Maybe a webseries? It’s an idea I’ve been debating for a while. How do you not get redundant with “Allergic Emma goes to a restaurant,” or “Allergic Emma Has a Work Lunch?” Unless it’s just random backstory?

      • a webseries probably would be better. or if you had a main character who happened to have a food allergy (i can totally see that in something like the MTV show Awkward. imagine high school teen Emma finally getting a date with the boy she likes only to break out in hives during dinner).

        i envision and allergies anonymous support group. maybe someone who had some awkward allergic reaction in grade school and has been struggling to get a new reputation since? (so the story would really about like a teen in high school trying to fit in and allergies happen to be a reason she doesn’t at first–or this could totally be a disney show!)

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