November 30, 2008
My mother, brother, and I always had an intense dislike of cilantro. It's not that it tastes bad, it actually tastes inedible. I learned to just avoid it as much as I could and thought nothing more of it.
When I was 19 and living with a new boyfriend, we got drunk one night. In my inebriated state, I ate an entire tub of cilantro salsa.
Within an hour, this is what I looked like http://www.flickr.com/photos/28883151@N00/3071759442/. Apparently, I'm allergic.
I wasn't scared because I could swallow and breathe okay, but he was terrified, thinking that I was going to look that way permanently. The swelling eventually went down and I now avoid cilantro not just because I dislike it, but because I fear the next allergic reaction could actually kill me.