So you're thinking that it was the 2014 berryman that led to your sensitivity? That was the last time I got destroyed by ticks. Trying to figure out when I should go get tested.
In other news, I accidentally ate a small amount of pork fat last night. Took 5 benadryl. Didn't have a reaction.
That is so scary. I hope it turns out okay. I hate ticks. My orienteering clothes are usually well dosed with Permethrin or other pyrethrins or pyrethroids. I had to google the last two---I'm not really sure what they are exactly, except that ticks and mosquitoes don't like them---I've read that if ticks contact these chemicals, it kills them. They stay in for many washings, unless you wash in hot water, which ruins it.
Which reminds me that I have some new clothes and a couple backpacks I need to treat...
Garrison, not entirely sure about 2014 Berryman (Sept) because i had pepperoni at 2015 Nationals (October) and was fine. but i'm sure all those Berryman ticks didn't help one bit.
CC, it really isn't scary. just annoying that i have to be careful. and sensitive to people putting bacon on/in food "for flavor" and then i can't eat it at all. i think my biggest episode was at finish line of Cowboy Tough 2015, they had no pork-free food items except bread and i cried. and then got over myself, dug out a race pack of tuna, and made myself a sandwich.
If you're looking for support to help with the mental aspect of giving up meat, I suggest watching the documentary "Forks over Knives". My meat consumption dropped 90% after I watched it. Unfortunately, it's rebounded, but I still eat a lot less meat than I used to and a lot more vegetables and beans.
I sure am glad you reminded me of your condition when we had you over. I was going to use bacon fat in the dish. It's a great flavor enhancer. Unless, it kills your guest. Then it's not so great.
I think I could cut meat down to pretty near zero if my family would go along with it. They won't, so it will remain a thought experiment.