And that title is not a metaphor for anything deeper or more salacious. It simply means I can no longer eat meat.
Let me back up a bit…
I’ve been suffering through some allergy stuff for about two unrelenting years. This after pretty much a lifetime of never really having any allergy problems. Started as what I thought was a cold. Went to the doctor and got some meds. And waited for it to get better. This is a pattern that would repeat itself four or five times over the next six months. Things got worse. I went from antibiotics to steroids. Nothing helped.
Then I saw am ENT, and found all eight sinuses were impacted and infected. Sinus surgery! Yay. Had that in October last year, and after some complications and seeing a new ENT who introduced me to nasal irrigation, my sinus stuff cleared up.
But then the asthma started. And some periodic late night anaphylactic episodes that were getting progressively more serious. So I went to an allergist the other day to see what was causing the asthma and the strange anaphylactic episodes.
The verdict? Well the asthma was easy. My wife’s cat, Vivette, who I’m evidently quite allergic to. And dust mites. So, some simple solutions there to mitigate my symptoms–an inhaler, air purifiers, sacrificing the cat, etc. (Of course, that last one is a joke. Heh…)
The other situation is more problematic. I’ve evidently developed tick-borne mammalian meat allergy. Yes, this is a real thing. You get bit by a tick, which isn’t unusual here at Taff Lodge. A substance in the tick’s saliva (Yes, ticks have saliva), sets of your body’s immune system. Unfortunately this same substance, called alpha-gal, is found in meat. Beef, pork, veal, lamb, bison, etc.
Some incredibly unlucky people, now including me, develop an allergy to this substance after the aforementioned tick bite, and exhibit strong anaphylactic reactions when these meats are consumed.
So, no more meat for me. No hamburgers, no steaks, no pork steaks, no sausage, NO MOTHERFUCKING BACON!!! No pepperoni on my pizza. No spaghetti and meatballs. No chili with meat. Oh, sure, I can still have chicken and turkey and fish. I can swap out ground chicken or turkey sausage in recipes. But you’re missing the point.
And the point is NO MORE MEAT!