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This is a true story which had me rolling on the floor laughing.

One of my clients is based in Hemel and I love going into the office. They are really good at understanding that I have allergies and there is always lots of herbal tea available for me. They always take care when making my dairy free drink and it’s just a small thing, but it makes going there fun and me feel more like one of the team.

One day the new boy, Keiran asked me if I wanted a cuppa. He’s not so new now and he’s not really boy either, but at the time he hadn’t had the full ‘Ruth’s allergies’ induction.

He was making me a Redbush tea and shouted over, I know you don’t take milk, but do you want the bag in or out? And he was standing there, teaspoon poised, ready to hoik it out should I require a bag-free beverage.

Olivia, who had a plain view of all this, shouted out, ‘Don’t use that teaspoon…’

Kieran froze, teaspoon in mid-air… a look of panic on his face.
“No I didn’t use the teaspoon…I didn’t use it.” and my tea was delivered avec teabag and a slightly quizzical look.

I enjoyed my tea, thanked Kieran and thought nothing more of it.
“Later on he said to me, so what is it in teaspoons that you’re allergic to?”

Bless him, he had me in stitches, laughing out loud (takes a lot to make me LOL). I had to then explain that it was just a cross contamination issue and that I was indeed able to use teaspoons. I wasn’t actually allergic to teaspoons.

So thank you to Olivia and Kieran for taking time to ask questions and understand my allergies.
There is NEVER a stupid question when it comes to allergies, at least that’s what I think. If you’re not sure, ask. Always ask, even if you think it’s a daft question because you can bet someone else wanted to ask it too and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

And thank you Kieran especially for making me laugh. Brilliant!

You couldn’t make it up and you have to see the funny side of living with allergies.

This made my day, my week and now it’s made me a blog post.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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