An Allergic Reaction

I was sitting in the garden having lunch when I heard a weird cracking or popping sound. I immediately realised that the pods on my Sweet Peas were ready to be harvested, as they were harvesting themselves! So I did what any normal person would do, I picked as many of the pods that were ready to be harvested as I could, found an envelope and popped the seeds from the pods into the envelope. It was a lovely afternoon, sitting in the sun and doing something that reminded me of my childhood.

A couple of hours later and I felt like I had something in my eye. So I gave it a rinse and hoped whatever it was in my eye would wash away and I'd feel more comfortable. It didn't work and my eye was still just as uncomfortable. Not long after, I started sneezing and my nose started running and both eyes started watering and my face was just uncomfortable.

When Flyfour got home, he took one look at me and asked what was wrong with my face. Which at any other time would NOT be the way to greet your wife, but was really the only question he could ask as looking in the mirror, I did not look right!

PippaD looking very uncomfortable from an allergic reaction
I was having an allergic reaction to something... but what?

Flyfour was the one who worked it out, that the Sweet Peas were the culprit.

Knowing didn't make it any easier, but it did mean that I was able to know what it was that was causing me so much pain and my face to slowly swell,

Two days later and my face is still puffy and tender and my friends took great care not to stare too much at Church, although the Young Women weren't so considerate and made me laugh several times, which caused my sore chapped lips to split even more!

I've learnt my lesson. Always garden in gloves, use a face mask or get someone else to do it!