4″x6″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas.
It is so slushy out there right now. What a messy time of year. I put my rubber boots on today to go out with Scarlett and instantly felt a tingle on my bottom lip. You see, I have a latex allergy and the first place I start feeling weird is around my mouth and my bottom lip. Boo! I guess my lime green boots are made out of latex.
Bye bye boots.
This latex allergy is crazy and, let me tell you, no fun! Recently I went to a meet- the- baby shower and before I even got in the door I could see balloons everywhere. I instantly got this sinking feeling and my kids looked crestfallen, having noticed them too. Poor kids.
Try telling the balloon animal clown that your kids can’t have one.
“It’s free”, they say, looking at me like I am a lunatic.
“I have a Latex allergy”
Flat line ……………………..
“I am allergic to balloons.”
Still looking at me like I am a lunatic.
Once in a clay class with my three year old, I told the teacher we couldn’t do the project as she had planned because she was using a balloon to wrap the clay around. A father was sitting next to me and, once again, was looking at me like I was a freak. I kind of smiled and told them both, that I had a latex allergy.
He looked at me like I was propositioning him to have sex.
HELLO, condoms aren’t the only thing made out of latex!
GEESH buddy get a grip, I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE BALLOON!
I swear he almost ran out of the room.
Why, when you have an allergy, do you have to apologize and feel embarrassed about it?
I wanted to write this because latex is the fastest growing allergy and the more I am exposed to latex (I don’t even have to touch it) the worse I get.
Some other interesting things about having a latex allergy:
You have to get your husband to remove the gloves out of your hair dye box.
Latex paint does not actually contain latex.
Masking tape does. ( you an get latex free but you have to order it special … blah, blah, blah)
Nitendo’s Wii fit box contains a latex rubber band WITHOUT a warning on the outside of the box. It was so strong that just picking up the closed box gave me a reaction. (The band was actually in a sealed plastic bag in the box!)
Lulu lemon sells latex free bands and yoga mats.
Kiwi’s give me the same reaction as latex.
Silicone is fine and thankfully more and more things are being made out of silicone.
Latex can be found on the backs of carpet, on the buttons of your remote, and in your mattress … not to name a million of other places.
So there, now you know.