Our Checklist for Visiting the ER

A visit to the hospital’s emergency room is difficult and when you have a food allergic child it is even harder.  For example, we can’t grab a snack at the hospital cafeteria while we are waiting to be seen.  We must inform each person who interacts with our child of their allergies to prevent accidental…

Food

Food sustains life, provides nutrition, evokes the senses, gives comfort & joy, bonds friends and families. For my children food is also poison. We usually teach children to share but from a very young age I have taught my children never to share food. And, not to accept food that is being offered to them…

Jealousy

Jealousy. I deal with my feelings of jealousy daily. I am jealous of families who do not have to deal with food allergies. Those families can take a break from cooking and go out for a meal at a restaurant or pick something up on the way home.  They can plan a vacation without checking…

Our Journey

Our journey with allergies started in 2006 when our son was diagnosed with life threatening allergies to peanuts, and tree nuts.  In 2009 he developed a soy allergy.  Our middle child does not have any known allergies.  Our youngest has asthma, eczema and life threatening allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts which were…

The Bright Side

I wrote this essay about 6 years ago to express how I was struggling to manage the multiple food allergies in my family.  Since writing it we know that our son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts & soy. Our youngest daughter is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts & tree nuts. The struggle has not…