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// July 10th, 2007 // Blog

My mum, a woman in her early 60s, has just found out that she has developed a new allergy… and you'll never guess what it's to…

WATER!

The title of this post was my response to the news.

But that's what the doctor said. Specifically, tap water.

For the past few weeks, she has displayed typical hayfever symptoms, such as a runny, itchy nose, sneezing, slight fever. The thing is, she only develops these symptoms when she enters the house, not when she goes outside. That's quite good, actually, cos my mum is an avid gardener (sometimes i feel a kind of sibling rivalry with the rose bushes). I joked that she must be allergic to me, as the illness coincides with my recent house arrest – but no amount of hugs and kisses seem to trigger an attack, so i think we're OK, inshā’Allāh.

The doctor hasn't run any tests; the suggestion was made after my mum described her daily routine. However, when she started sneezing in the shower, the diagnosis was somewhat confirmed!

Poor mum… May Allāh make you better.

I wonder if something has happened to our water supply? If anyone has any helpful suggestions, please e-mail me at imuslim_uk[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk. Thanks in advance.

Oh, an irrelevant addition: My mum has coined a new term which i find hilarious: “diabetic fruit”, i.e., fruit which has no sweetness, making it suitable for diabetics (disclaimer: we're not medical professionals, so don't quote us!). It was inspired by the fact that, for some reason, a lot of the fruit we've been eating lately has been on the bland side. :)

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