Childhood and Adulthood with a Peanut Allergy
Being a child with a peanut allergy was surprisingly easier than being an adult with a peanut allergy. I’m sure my parents were in a constant state of anxiety, but as a kid you don’t really think too much about it, except that you know you can’t eat peanuts. But as an adult there are so many situations that having a peanut allergy can be just the worst. For instance, being out at a bar, what do bartenders love putting bowls of everywhere…. Yep peanuts.
The ‘fun’ part of having a peanut allergy is when I am stuck in ridiculous situations. For example, one time I was on a flight from Florida to Massachusetts and I forgot to mention to the flight attendants that I have a peanut allergy, and of course the woman sitting directly next to me ordered some peanuts and began eating them as messy as possible. Here I am 20,000 feet in the air, peanut shells at my feet, and a frown on my face.
One of my biggest pet peeves as a child and now as an adult is still when people ask me the dreaded ‘how do you live’ question. Every person with a peanut allergy has heard this at one point or another. It can be a friend, coworker, family member, but someone will always say “So you’ve never had a Reese cup or Snickers bar? How do you live?” This question can actually be answered quite simply, I live by not eating exactly what you asked me about. Having a peanut allergy means that I cannot eat those things, hence the allergy.Overall growing up and then being an adult with a peanut allergy can be a grueling experience, but it’s not that bad, once you get used to the routine it becomes part of who you are.