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How much should I be expecting?

focioncroci | Apr 18, 2009 10:51 AM

I am allergic to eggs and fish. Naturally, this makes it very difficult for other people to feed me. I understand that, and I feel uncomfortable having people go out of their way to accommodate my diet. So instead of having people bend over backwards trying to find something for me to eat when going over to someone's house for dinner (not a fancy sit-down dinner or anything), I often just don't tell them and I'll just eat what i can eat. If there's nothing there for me to eat, that's fine too because I'll just eat something later and make sure I wasn't starving when I arrived (grab a light bite before).

When the inevitable situation arrives when people do ask me why I'm either not eating, or not eating particular items of food that has been prepared, I explain that I am allergic. There are many different reactions I get: sometimes, people feel bad and say they wish that they knew and then try to find something for me that i can eat and it ends up being a big ordeal. I really appreciate all the effort, but I really feel bad about making the host go through all the trouble. Sometimes, the host doesn't care. Other times, the host just plain doesn't understand/doesn't believe in allergies and I have to deal with the funny looks/rants. I'm deathly allergic to fish (I carry an epipen and wear a medicalert bracelet), but if I accidentally eat something that contains eggs, I'll just break out in hives in a few hours but otherwise have no other symptoms. So I guess that sometimes leads people to think that I am faking my egg allergy...

So, I guess my question is concerning what I should be doing and how I should be dealing with allergies? What would you want a guest with allergies to do?

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