Hanging Out with the Team
Iím on the track team, and the other guys go out for pizza after practice a few times a week. I want to go with them, but Iím allergic to milk and donít want to be the annoying kid who asks a bunch of questions. How can I have fun with the guys on the team but not risk having a reaction?
If your track buddies are going out to eat at a pizza place, and you are allergic to milk, I wouldnít recommend eating there. Since there are so many dairy products used in a pizza place, the risk for cross-contact would be high. But that doesnít mean that you canít go with your friends for the conversation and experienceójust order a soda and eat at home afterward.
When I was in high school, my friends would go out all the time to eat ice cream. Since I am allergic to milk as you are, this was a place where it was difficult for me to get anything safe to eat. I always went with them just to be part of the crowd and did not get anything to eat. My friends never cared that I was not eating while they all were. I have also always found that when I am in a situation that could affect my allergy, my friends will continually ask me if I am sure that I am feeling all right. Your friends want you to be safe, so donít be worried about speaking up about your allergy. I have always found that friends would rather have you ask questions and stand up for yourself than have an allergic reaction.
Another suggestion would be to see if your friends are willing to eat at a place where you know you can order safely. You will still have to ask questions, but this way you can eat with them. Either of these options would work, and I suggest that you choose the option that you are more comfortable with. If you do that, you will be able to just relax and have fun with the guys on the team. Also remember, if any of your friends cannot be supportive after you have explained your allergy to them, they are not really your friends. Stick close to your track pals who are supportive; they are the ones who will matter in the long run. Good luck with your track season and have fun!
Laura is a student at the University of Connecticut, and a TAG member. She is allergic to milk, and she spoke at this yearís FAAN conference in New York.
The information above is not designed to take the place of a doctor’s instructions. Patients are urged to contact a doctor for specific information regarding guidelines for care.