Monday, January 14, 2008

Ah, the intolerance of it all.... :(

Not the best way to be kicking off the new year. I've had several good experiences that I'll write about in upcoming posts, but one downside I'm hoping if I blog about it, it will quit running around in my head! I find as a writer sometimes the only way to get rid of anxiety-producing thoughts is to write about them (but you knew I was going to say that, didn't you?).
I hit a rough patch last week. Every morning, without fail, I eat a Yoplait light-n-fit, fat-free yogurt that I mix with a cup of dry cereal, usually cheerios. I do this at work, as both are easily transported to my desk and quite yummy. This way, I get my calcium, I get my dairy fix, and it keeps me full 'til lunch so I'm not dipping into the M&M jar that's made me infamous at my company (I keep telling you people I have a sweet tooth!)
I took my lactaid pills (that's right, the plural, because just one doesn't work for me) and about 10 minutes into eating started to feel funny. About 20 minutes later I was full-on sick, at work, with a lactose-intolerance attack. For the first time ever in my life, the pills didn't work! Thankfully, it's a small company, and my assistant and boss are very understanding (though I think the look on my face combined with the need to run home was perhaps more than enough explanation). I haven't had that happen to me since I was 16 years old, and it was before they even made Lactaid Ultra. It wasn't so much of a big deal outside of the fact that I am utterly perplexed as to what happened. I've been avoiding dairy the last couple days, and my stomach is slowly shifting back to normal (those of you that have suffered these know about the achy/intestine-gripping/ bubbly stomach feeling that persists for the next few days). The kick? It's the same breakfast I've been eating for the past 5 years!
But the anxiety remains...was it something I did? When can I go back to eating normally? And the most important question that is bothering me...where does this leave me with Uno's deep-dish anchovy pizza? I could give up most of the dairy again if I had to, but I don't think I can live without it.....Yes, I know, I'm focusing on the completely wrong part of this equation. I have gotten rid of the remaining lactaid pills from the box and seem to be ok now...
Thanks for letting me rant.
Yours in allergies and intolerance of the lactose variety,
The Allergic Diner


Blake said...

I think you should write to the lactaid company and complain. Then maybe that can give you more of their pills that may or may not work but at least your voice was a customer service rep.

RighterLady said...

Sensing sarcasm? :)

Blake said...

Who me? Nooooo. Ok, maybe just a little. :)