This summer, however, a food allergy has developed in our family. After years of no problems at all, Alfs developed an allergy to shellfish. Out of the blue one day, while eating some steamed shrimp I'd made for guests (and as he had dozens of times before), he said that is throat felt itchy and that it felt like it was closing up.
Stop, we said. Don't eat any more. Wash your hands and your face. How is your breathing, we asked. Fine, he said. And we watched him closely for about half an hour, ready to take him to the hospital if we needed to. The feeling passed for Alfs, but my husband and I knew that things had changed.
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