Finding out you have a food allergy can be devastating.

Finding out you have a food allergy can be devastating. I think my first thought was, "What does that mean?" You ask your doctor and he says just avoid that food. It's just a skin test. They aren't entirely accurate.

I am going to attempt to give you ideas and recipes on how to avoid corn. It can be quite the challenge.

Sorry that my blog is evolving into a little bit of everything in life.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Incapacitated? What does the corn allergic do?

Next!!!!!!!!  I finally got 150 lbs of grass feed beef in my freezer. My on going dilemma is what if I am incapacitated?  What if I have a stroke?  What if I get into a car accident and am incapacitated? 

I went to a general practitioner a year ago for a pap.  When I got there I told them they couldn't use their grease on me.  The young female doctor left the room came back and, said the office manager said, I would have to go see a specialist.  They didn't even want to accommodate my allergy.   Personally I find it easier to just not to go to the doctor.  My dad and step mom haven't been in years because they haven't had med insurance.  My med insurance has a 10,000 deductible, so I figure why go to the doctor if it is going to bite into my food budget.

My main issue is:  I am 45 years old, and how will I be able to survive contamination?  How are we going to survive?  We all have to find a way to get someone to hear us!  This is really scary!  I have finally found some beef.  I will post the recipe I made tonight.  Yum!  dh loved it!  What am I going to do tomorrow?  My garden wasn't big enough this year.  I have put up about 1/2 of what I will need until April or so.......  This is a new climate for me.  I lived in AZ 3 yrs prior, TX 5 yrs before that, N. Cal SF bay area where you could pretty much grow anything year round.  Here you can't grow anything from October until at least February.  But you won't get anything until April / May or so....  Since this is my first year planting crops here, I found out that I have to have everything in by April!  The garden will be 3 times as big next year!

So if I am not growing my own food, or buying a grass feed cow from someone, where do I find food?   Whole foods (Whole Paycheck) isn't an options for me because I don't have one and if I did I couldn't afford to buy their food! 

What are we going to do if we are incapacitated?  The convalescent home can feed you corn because it's not a top allergen.  They can play stupid that they feed me beef that was sprayed with citric acid.  Citric acid doesn't say corn, nor does alcohol, vinegar, salt, pepper, toilet paper, soap, laundry detergent, deodorant, and many, many, many more products.  We all know that all meat and vegetable products are sprayed with some sort of corn derivative like citric acid, vinegar, or lactic acid.

So again, what are we going to do if we are incapacitated?


kristyreal said...

This is a constant worry for me, too. I'm trying to prepare my kids to take care of themselves if something happened to me, but I worry all the time. In their case, I not only have to worry if they will be able to shop and cook for themselves, but also how they will make it financially.

One thing you can do is read the book by Eliot Coleman, "Four-Season Harvest". He does some amazing things and he lives and gardens in Maine (which I imagine to have more extreme weather than TN). He explains his techniques using row covers, unheated greenhouses, etc. It's an excellent book. You should also look into sprouting - you can have fresh greens year round by sprouting.

Kristy Tillman said...

I worry about this too! I especially worry about it for my 3 year old. I worry about having another baby and being away from him and being in the hospital and all that it entails. eek...

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