First off, this is not a sympathy post.
February of 2019 I had a heart attack and subsequent triple bypass surgery. 90 days later I was back on the disc golf course and in the fall back to hiking. I'm an avid hiker. The hills kicked my ass, but I kept after it. I wanted to hunt deer again. I'd thought about giving it up, but maybe just one more...
A couple of months ago I stopped by a local burger stand and got a super duper double cheeseburger. Three hours later I broke out in hives, went to the doctor, got a shot and some antihistamines and steroids and got over it. A couple of weeks later I ate a steak and three hours later hives again...
Ruh ro Rory, I think I know what this is... I went back to the doctor and asked to be tested for alpha gal (meat allergy).
I'm pretty new to Arkansas and the ticks must sense fresh meat. Yep, that special little bastard found me...
Made the decision not to hunt deer pretty simple.
I'll never give up the bow. It really is part of a good life.
Stumps and birds are just fine...
Bottom line is that I'm grateful for the knowledge that I've gotten from the TAS community, particularly Sam and James. Had it not been for the discussions about alpha gal on this site it may have gone undetected for years... Thanks
Indeed if restricted birds, reptiles, fish (Basically non-mammal) is a whole world of bow hunting all it’s own.
Kellt ; scrapple is pork masseter muscle and liver
cooked up in cornmeal with flaverings
poured out and cut in blocks
later sliced and fried
down south food?
not all fatty like sasuage and bacon
grew up on it and grits
I was told that any birds, seafood, or reptile meat is all right. I also read that high level primates are okay, but Monkeys are not commonly eaten here.
If you get this dreaded plague, be sure to thoroughly discuss it with your friends. I had some who would prepare foods that are acceptable but were cooked on the same grill and with the same utensils that were used with red meat. They got pissed that I wouldn't eat it. With them it was initially more a refusal to understand than just not knowing. Eventually, everyone will come to understand the problem, and your friends, too, will get used to it. There is no treatment at this time so diligence is needed.
I see a trip to Minnesota to hunt grouse in my future...
Another good thing about stumps is that you don’t have to deal with processing them afterwards.
Dare I ask what "scrapple" is, James?
was told nothing with hair or hoof to be eaten and avoid another tic bite at all costs
I can eat chicken, fish ,tuykey
been 4 years now and level has not dropped
Miss my scrapple the most
"a heart attack and subsequent triple bypass surgery" plus "got a super duper double cheeseburger"
Maybe this was God's way of keeping you alive :^)
It's my understanding that any mammal meat is off limits. It's a sugar in the meat that causes the reaction. Poultry and fish don't contain the particular sugar...
Wow, guys I didn't know this even existed. Sorry! Can you eat Chicken? What about rabbit? Fish?
I have the same and cary an epi pen even another tick bite can cause a reaction
I get an antiphlactic response
can't even eat something cooked with same utensils that red meat cooked in
Once used my fork to hold and cut up a steak for my wife (she a hemi-quadraplegic-and can't use her hands much)and using that fork gave me a reaction
What ! No more b......b.......beer ?
Thanks Sam. Over the years I've gotten less enthusiastic about hunting big game any way. I like to hunt alone and had second thoughts about my ability to drag or carry a deer out of the woods by myself...
I really don't mind not being able to eat red meat, I just wish it would have been my decision... I can do without the meat, beer could become a real problem...
Dave, I'm very sorry to hear of your plight. I had it for many years before I was diagnosed. For several years now, I have been leaving all mammal meat and by-products out of my diet. There is also another serious consideration. Many Alpha Gal sufferers develop sensitivities to non-meat things that never bothered them before, alcohol being a commonly mentioned item. Now I carry an epi-pen everywhere I go. This requires a life style change, but it is something you can deal with. Some people get over it and some don't. I didn't. I still hunt, but I am admittedly not as enthusiastic as I once was. For me, that is the worst issue with this condition. As an aside, I never go to the woods without a liberal application of Permethrin spray on my clothes
Sorry to hear about your allergy, praying God will restore your strength and health.
Easy to say hang in there but the man had triple bypass surgery. I had surgery in February and I'm still not fully recovered. What's weird is since that surgery I've developed a dislike for certain foods and my appetite is way down. Sometimes I think the cure is worse than the problem. Frank
This is quite rare in Scotland despite our huge tick population, but not unknown. Despite the lack of a current treatment, the symptoms have been known to become less frequent and in some cases to disappear in time. In the meantime I can highly recommend ChuckC's stumps, as I have been after them most of my life.
If that happened to me, I’m pretty sure I’d keep on hunting, and just find folks who would want and use the meat. I love hunting with my bows!!!
Sorry that happened to ya, and prayers up for a complete recovery!!!
Stay in there. Don't know about down there, but up here, there is no daily or posession limit on stumps. They are fine game too. As i recall, you are not alone among TAS folk with AG.