Saturday, August 08, 2009

Penicillin and Me

I have been allergic to penicillin ever since I was a little girl. I remember going to the doctor with my mother who was very worried, and being told that I was allergic to penicillin, and that if I ever had penicillin again I could get very sick.

A few years ago, I was watching food tv, and I learned that some cheeses are made with the penicillin fungus. 'Oh, no,' I thought, 'I must never eat those cheeses.'

Today, I looked up the penicillin cheeses online, to find out which cheeses I can't eat. (Ok, so I'm not very prompt about these things.) 2 of my favorite cheeses are made with a penicillin fungus-- brie and gorgonzola. I eat them all the time, and I have never gotten sick yet. I think it is going to be ok, because they are made with a diffent species of penicillin fungus than the one they use to make penicillin the antibiotic.

Yum. I want to go buy some cheese.

2 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh, Jeanie, you are like the Queen of procrastination.

amydaisyrose said...

My first reaction is, that's really funny... and then I'm just glad that you never did get sick!