Baron Óláfr became a registered nurse after working as a firefighter/EMT for many years, and unfortunately developed a life-threatening biphasic anaphylactic allergy to latex from years of work exposure to rubber gloves, IV bags and tubing, and phlebotomy equipment.

In addition to natural rubber latex, there is a short list of mostly tropical foods to which he has a cross-reactive allergy that he must not be exposed to in any context! He always carries two EpiPens in case of exposure, and truly appreciates any and all care taken to help him avoid contact with rubber or these foods.

  • Avocado
  • Mango
  • Banana
  • Plantain
  • Kiwi
  • Papaya
  • Chestnut

He’s not sure which food he misses most: mango with sticky rice, guacamole, or fried plantains!