DH and I tried a new brewery in town--opened last week. We have not been out but a couple of times in the last year. The brewery doesn't sell food but has a food truck each night. We looked at the food truck's website and talked to the guy who owns it and sells the brats. He started two months ago and just sells brats and hot dogs.
I've been able to get brats safely up here several times at various events. I do not get a bun.
So I waited until I was the only one in line and talked with him. He puts his buns in the grill to toast them, so I was concerned about that. It was the Arnold's/Orowheat buns. No sesame seeds. He said he has never used buns with sesame seeds on the grill. And no shellfish ever. He started this business at the beginning of the summer with new equipment.
I really thought the risk was minimal. Sure the buns were on shared lines, but it was a step removed.
He only used a plastic fork to touch my brat (and DH's). He didn't toast DH's bun.
The beer was not wonderful.
Ten to twenty minutes after eating my brat (with sauerkraut--no sesame), I started coughing. And coughing. I told DH I thought it was probably a reaction, but that I bet it would be limited to coughing. I kept coughing. After ten minutes or so, I realized I needed to get out of there NOW. It felt worrying, concerning and bad--like something bad was going to happen.
I handed DH my key as we walked to the car, and as we were walking to the car, my neck felt itchy. He said I had a rash on it.
As we started to drive, my nose got stuffy. I still wasn't horribly worried, because sesame has only progressed when I actually ingested sesame seeds. But as we were driving home, my lips started getting puffy, and it was hard to talk without slurring. I told DH to head to the hospital that I was going to epi. It would have been faster to do this than wait for an ambulance because of where we were.
Then before using the epi, it cleared up. I felt a switch happen. My lips went down. My voice sounded better (I had not noticed that it had sounded strange a moment before--and DH had). My nose became unstuffy and I wasn't itchy and my cough stopped.
It was so weird.
So we just came home, and I took 50 mg of benedryl and drank water. I had my epi beside me. We stayed up and played Skip Bo, but it didn't come back.
I haven't been great about doing my slit drops for the last six months. I haven't gone to my last two appointments because of money, so I am really behind there. Even so, I am surprised that level of cross contamination led to anaphylaxis.
And I am thrilled it resolved on its own. Maybe I scared it away with my epi threat.