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Just trying to keep ‘em alive

January 28, 2010 by Kat  

BELIEVE ME, it is not the hardest thing in the world to live a normal life when your family is effected by food allergies. But, let me tell you… our family lived with fear with every single bite that went into (one of) our little boy’s mouth — no matter where he ate, no matter where he was.  Food allergies severely effect the lives of anyone even quasi-associated with the food allergic person — everyone’s on edge. Adults are scared to be “responsible” for the child w/the allergies, and even young friends worry more than they should about their peers who have the allergy (bless their ‘lil hearts!).

It’s pretty safe to say that when most think of allergies, they think of itchy, watery eyes… maybe sneezing; possibly a hive or two. They typically envision season allergies. Welp, as many now know, food allergies can take away little lives — simply by tasting something accidently, or even when flying on a plane and inhaling their allergen. Only those families who live(d) with this reality truly understand.



AND, WITH 4 children to feed and schlep around — THIS IS NO EASY TASK.

In 2007, God blessed our family. He is amazing; our son fell into the @ 18% of people that will EVER OUTGROW A PEANUT ALLERGY IN THEIR LIFE when he turned 2 1/2.


WE WERE ECSTATIC!  1/2 of our problem was over. However, one wrong lick, bite, or ingestion of the wrong thing (ANYTHING BAKED, basically) could literally have cost him his life.
So… our new life in 2007 looked something like this:

This still EQUALED = NO SAFE HALLOWEENS, NO SAFE ICE CREAM SHOPS, NO SAFE EASTERS, NO SAFE BIRTHDAY PARTIES, NO SAFE RESTAURANTS, NO SAFE MEALS OUT, NO SAFE PRESCHOOLS/SCHOOLS, NO SAFE FAST FOOD, NO SAFE PLAYDATES, NO SAFE CARNIVALS, NO SAFE GOODIE BAGES, NO UNPLANNED OR SPONTANEOUS TRIPS FOR A 1/2 AN HOUR OR A WEEK.


But for a select familes, the story actually turns out well…

PLEASE CLICK HERE to see OUR LIFE IN COLOR SINCE LAST WEEK!

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6 Responses to “Just trying to keep ‘em alive”
  1. From one allergy family to another, I feel your pain.

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  2. Dee says:

    Ahhh, I understand this post well. We went through the same thing. I gave my max a peanut butter sandwich when he was 19 mos old and ended up calling 911, his face broke out so fast in red angry hives. We, too, had to carry an epi-pen everywhere and monitor everything. Allergy tests revealed peanut, pecan, walnut and sesame allergies. He never seemed to fell deprived, though. Then over the summer of 2008 we noticed him breaking out in hives at our in-laws place, in odd but distinct patterns. Couldn’t figure it out. Went for a complete new set of skin tests of everything to try and pinpoint it. How amazed were we when all the nuts and everything DIDN’T show up as an allergy but HORSES did! Our in-laws have a horse. So we went in for the peanut challenge – an awful experience, but necessary, and found out that we, too, were one of the lucky ones. He wasn’t allergic to anything anymore but horses. got rid of all those epi-pens so fast! I’m thrilled for you folks. Now you can all rest, play, and visit others a bit more easily!

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  3. We deal with a mild egg allergy (yes with epipen) but nothing like yours. This is such an important post. Thanks so much for stopping by Momtrends and saying hi. I’d love to have you do a guest post in May. The month is devoted to food and cooking and I’d love to get a mom’s perspective about allergies as a post.

    Best,

    Nicole
    capricornwriter(at) hotmail (dot) com

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  4. Diana says:

    Hey! I completely understand this – I’ve taught the past years at a school with children who had multiple food allergies. It made the holidays a challenge and teaching the other kids that “not sharing” was good in this case. I’m glad things got better.
    I’m following you now – would love if you would follow me! :)

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  5. Christa says:

    Oh gosh, I just teared up reading that. Seriously, I don’t know you from Eve, but I am so darned happy that your son outgrew his allergies!

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  6. Wow, I have joked that I actually keep all of us alive – but not in the literal sense. I’m glad your little guy is making allergy progress. You asked on my blog if I’m going to Baltimore for the blog conference. No – I probably won’t make one unless it’s in Orlando. If you go, I have you have a lot of fun!

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