(Note: NOT intended as a sneak brag) Our family spent Sunday celebrating kaylasmom’s birthday at Disneyland Resort. Part of the festivities included dinner at the Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure.
Kayla had, as her entree, the herb-crusted lamb scaloppini. No mention was made of the herbs involved in the encrustation, but the dish was prepared with jalapenos, artichoke, roasted red peppers, and a garnish of avocado. Kayla has had pretty much all of those ingredients before, but it was her first encounter with lamb.
After dinner, we returned to the Disneyland park for a parade and a fireworks show, followed by a couple of rides. About three hours after we ate, Kayla had to adjourn to the ladies room, reporting later that she had been experiencing some gastrointestinal distress.
Nothing noteworthy happened to her yesterday, but this evening she called us after work and said that she’s breaking out in hives on her face and arms. She thinks she might be allergic to lamb, and asked me to make an appointment for her with a dermatologist ASAP (it’s after close of business today, so ASAP is going to mean tomorrow morning).
Thankfully, there isn’t anything going on with her mouth, esophagus or airways, but it has me wondering a couple of things: first, is it plausible that an allergy would manifest first as IBS, then wait nearly two days to show up as dermatitis/urticaria? Second, is ovine-based protein commonly seen as a food allergen at all?
FWIW, her beverage choice for the meal was two servings of “Wildberry Lemonade” described as All Natural Lemonade with flavors of Blackberry, Strawberry, Raspberry, and Blueberry with a Spritz of Purified Sparkling Water, topped with Wildberry Fruit Foam. I don’t think it’s her first encounter with any of those either, except possibly the Wildberry Fruit foam (whatever the hell that is).
We’ll be cramming a couple of Benadryl down her throat when she gets home from rehearsal tonight, but when we see the dermatologist tomorrow, should we maybe concentrate on the dining choices she made yesterday when she went out to explore the hipster eateries of Fullerton with her bff?