For at least 15 years I’ve had this alpha gal allergy and I’ve considered myself so lucky because the only thing that caused my reaction was fatty beef. I’ve been able to use lean cuts of ground beef, cook roasts and leave them in the fridge overnight for the fat to harden at the top, then scrape it off. I’ve even eaten a few not so lean burgers at the local burger joint and so long as I don’t have them often and take a Benadryl before eating, I’ve been fine since I figured out what was causing my reaction and got the diagnosis confirmed.
I’ll always say . . I’m so lucky because some people can’t drink milk or eat butter without having a life threatening reaction. No longer can I say that!
I’ve never been a huge milk drinker unless we’re getting raw milk from a dairy and then I drink plenty of milk. Now we are getting raw milk from a local dairy and not only have I been drinking milk, after skimming the cream off the top but I’ve been making ice cream and using 1-1/2 cups milk and 1-1/2 cups cream and making yogurt with the mixed milk/cream. Tuesday night we had ice cream and Wednesday night we had ice cream. Wednesday morning I had a bowl of yogurt with fruit. I guess I ate enough of the ice cream and yogurt for the allergy to say “ENOUGH”!
We ate the ice cream about 7 p.m. last night and at 1 a.m., I was starting to itch. My legs and ankles were itching. I figured I’d walked through some itchy weed outside so I took a shower and went to bed. At 2 a.m. I woke up and my arms were itching and I had hives. I got up, took a Benadryl, took a cool shower, got the Epi-pen and kept it close by, read til the itching stopped and I figured I could go to bed without having breathing issues while I was sleeping.
I can’t believe after all these years, that’s the first time I’ve had a reaction to milk/cream but I’m sure it’s just because I’d never eaten enough of it to trigger a reaction. If I eat a hamburger on Monday and another one on Wednesday, I’ll have a reaction but if I eat one on Monday and don’t eat another one for two weeks, I won’t have a reaction (or at least that’s how it’s been in the past).
I’m wondering if I eat a hamburger on Monday and a bowl of ice cream on Wednesday . . will that cause a reaction? I will not try it.
Who would have thought a tick bite 15+ years ago would have caused all this??
Even though it’s aggravating, I’m still lucky. Many people have way worse problems, medical and otherwise. This is something easily controlled. So when I’m sad that I can’t have a little bit of ice cream every few days, I’ll just remind myself that I’m still relatively healthy and energetic so I will not complain.