No more Banana Bread…

One of my favorite treats is eating some delicious banana bread at a country café.  My favorite type is oozing with ripe bananas, some walnuts and cinnamon.  This is now a beloved memory after I finally went for allergy testing.  I thought, like my mum, I might have a protein allergy.  Chocolate, eggs and cream gave her fantastic welts on her forehead – often spelling Mars Bar.  She would swear blind that she hadn’t had chocolate but I always knew.  Finally, she would break down after my interrogation, laughing hysterically.  One little cousin had allergies to almost everything but has grown out of some of them.  Over two years ago, on the advice of a good medical friend, I stopped eating gluten.  It was difficult but I now have a very healthy diet full of walnuts (allergic), bananas (allergic), cinnamon (allergic).  My friend was correct and I am also allergic to wheat, yeast, peaches, cashews, almond and mustard.  Who the heck is allergic to bananas??  I can’t bear the smell or texture of seafood but am allergic to nothing (unless it has a mustard sauce…)

My diet is mostly vegetarian but I have no allergy to milk or meats.  On a side note, I received a note from Ancestry DNA to say my profile had changed again.  To my surprise, I am 3% Basque, which might explain my lack of Spanish DNA.  The Basque people are ethnically unique from their neighbors, France and Spain.  They come from a very ancient group of Europeans and have more Neanderthal DNA than most (as do I).  Many years ago, on a trip to Madrid, I looked with trepidation at all the Basque terrorists on the “Most Wanted” posters, hoping that the customs officer wouldn’t notice they looked like my siblings. Perhaps I should embrace my hunter/gatherer origins and just eat the squirrels in the garden?  Luckily, I am not Epi-pen allergic but should avoid certain foods or start the allergy shots.

I was quite overwhelmed by the lovely comments on my post The Biopsy, and I am happy to say that my tardy results finally came through.  Nora, the thyroid nodule, is not malignant.   Dear reader, you may wonder why I am having so many health issues right now.  My recent Covid infection provoked some of the doctor visits but I am also trying to catch up on yearly tests that I avoided during the pandemic and before our ‘good’ insurance stops soon.  My husband retired two years before he could claim Medicare (next May) so we have taken advantage of his last work insurance.  COBRA is a US scheme that allows you to continue your last work insurance for 18 months, at your own cost. 

Recently, I saw a new doctor at our practice, and it was just to ask for a referral to physiotherapy.  She thought that perhaps my incessant coughing during Covid triggered my cervical pain and numbness again.  She said, “I see you have spinal stenosis”.  “I do?” responded Kerry, having completely forgotten about that diagnosis.  When we lived in Scotland, I became a minor celebrity at our local orthopedic hospital because of my strange spinal problems.  It’s likely congenital and what a gift my relatives have given me!  Mental illness, high cholesterol, dodgy spine, allergies and Lord knows what else.  They also gifted me great skin, good legs and an amazing sense of humor.  You take the good with the bad…  That doctor suggested allergy testing after I expressed some frustration that I ate more fiber than a heifer but still have digestive issues.

My Glorious Live Oak

When I was being poked by the allergy nurse, she asked if I would like environmental testing also.  “Why not?” said I.  This one was less fun – I could feel one prick throbbing almost immediately.  Bottom line; I should not live in a humid forest.  I am most allergic to OAK – you can see the beautiful live oak outside our house, above.  Then there are three water oaks behind my house.  Few of our neighbors have oaks.  When I came home, I pointed at Miss Live Oak and whispered, “YOU!!!”  Don’t worry I will cuddle her next week, perhaps with a mask on.  Almost all the molds were ticked – who knew there were that many??

Teddy and I were talking about getting a horse and wagon, given the gas prices, but we will have to switch to an Ox.  I am allergic to horses but not cattle.  I don’t think the neighbors would mind a lovely Ox on our shared pasture…  On a creepy note, I am allergic to COCKROACHES (and dust mites)!!  Our trusty bug guy came out last week because the cockroaches were getting out of control.  As soon as he left, dying cockroaches were crawling up walls and making me ALLERGIC!!!  There is very little dust in my house because I have OCD – et Voila, another silver lining.  I will now take bareback horse riding off my bucket list.

Walnut, Sycamore, Sweet Gum, Cottonwood and Cedar trees are on the list.  Ragweed, Russian Thistle (Que?), Sagebrush and Marsh Elder also make me itch.  Maybe Greenland might be a good place for me to live or just stay in the house as I currently do.  I am seriously considering the allergy shots because I would like to enjoy my beautiful environment more.  On a funny final note, Teddy and I were herding ducks across the four-lane road at the end of our cul-de-sac.  Our beloved Muscovy ducks at the pond have decided to visit all their friends in our street.  I stood in the middle stopping the traffic and Teddy hopelessly tried to herd them across to the pond.  At a street birthday party this week, I discovered that other neighbors have also been herding ducks/halting traffic.  So far, there are no dead bodies (human or duck) on the road and I am not allergic to either!

47 thoughts on “No more Banana Bread…

  1. I’m sorry to hear about all your allergies. I’m lucky that I don’t have any food allergies. I’m not in favour of banana bread though, as I don’t like bananas themselves very much.

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  2. Sorry, i missed your last posting, and i am also sorry to hear about the different allergies you have. It sounds like you are an alien, and predistinated for the first flight to Mars. :-)) As the biopsy had brought no horrible result, feel happy and enjoy life. Best wishes, Michael

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  3. Geez, what a long list of things to affect you. At least you now know, and there are shots available. As a child, I was tested for allergies. I had many, but nothing as long/comprehensive as your list. Luckily, I’ve outgrown most of them.

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  4. When I get a minute, I must go for allergy testing but I’m a great believer in the human instinct.
    Wheat, cream and red meat do not agree with me. And chocolate!
    Nothing like the list you have but growing🤣
    Banana bread with walnuts and cinnamon sounds heavenly. I don’t know if I’d have the willpower.
    SoKatherines advice on a lighthouse and maybe an ox and cart are sounding promising. 😜

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  5. If you love banana you can still eat it. The best way to eat banana is with black pepper and little cardamom sprinkled. It won’t effect your digestive but helpful when you eat with black pepper (spice grade whole not powder). It’s ancient way of treating some health issues of thyroid , asthama or digestive system.

    Allergy happens due to food grade products grown with high pestisides or chemicals. Using herbs as suppliment in right proportions can avoid the doctor visit and further intake of chemicals that further weaken and destroy the immunity. Alternative to wheat 🌾 you can try millets for sure no allergy with this to any one.

    Try and test once or twice you will have results.

    I am sharing this to you because it’s happen with me and i still eat banana daily even after twenty years. Just by using my grand mothers advice and i have no side effects. Just take precaution that you eat right harvested banana which is grown organically.

    All the best and wish you good health.

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  6. I am sorry to hear about your health problems and all the allergies, Kerry, especially as there is currently no cure for food allergies and avoiding the food to which you are allergic is the only way to prevent a reaction. I know a good few people who are dealing with food allergies and food intolerance and from what I know it can be very exhausting because you always must be aware of the potential cross-contact of non-allergenic with allergenic foods, and cross-reactivity among related foods as well as you must always carefully read the food labels and have to have an emergency plan. Sending you lots of love and virtual hugs from Sligo 🙂 Aiva xx


    • Thank you, Aiva. I have been on food avoidance regimes for years to figure out what sensitivities I had. Just didn’t expect it to be so many…😁 None of them are severe allergies but the environmental ones make life challenging. K x

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  7. Good grief Kerry, it’s a holy wonder you’ve navigated life in such good shape. What a huge list of allergies, you must be a world leader. I got tested once and nothing showed up – maybe a ‘possible’ for red wine. As to herding ducks across the road I saw a cartoon recently showing a bloke holding up the traffic, doing exactly that with a heroic air. In the next panel the same bloke is shown tucking in to a roast duck dinner. (I’ve embraced veganism late in life.)

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    • LOL! My eyes are always irritated – I thought it was my age! Our ducks are known as backyard (aka eating) ducks in Mexico. Mostly I just want to cuddle them because they are so fat but sometimes, when I am hungry, I think of orange sauce. 😉 Bet you still drink red wine.


  8. Glad to hear your biopsy results showed no problem. But what a list of allergies! Hope you can find some things you love to eat are not on that list. I’m allergic to avocados, so if I am served something green, I always have to ask!

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  9. Good news about your biopsy result Kerry, congratulations! You appear to be coping extremely well with so many challenges. So many delicious foods you can’t eat! It strikes me that this must restrict your intake and absorbtion of so many important nutrients, for physical and mental health. Best of luck with sourcing nice tasty alternatives. Stay well!

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    • Since I got the allergy results, I saw a pulmonologist who said that the only really strong reaction was to Oak. I have adjusted some of my nut intake (and don’t have gluten anyway). Now I still eat the foods that I am sensitive to on occasion. No reactions so far! Thank goodness I am not sensitive to butter, my Irish soul would die… 😁
      Thank you, Helene. K x


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