Burlington Bound, Updose #2

Yesterday we made our biweekly drive to Burlington, Ontario to see Dr Mack, the pediatric allergist who is treating Sahil and Jaya. Or as Jaya calls him Dr “Mac and Cheese” which is ironic since she cannot eat the real stuff…..yet!  I think of him and Dr Hanna as heroes as they are the only…

Thinking of Andrea

In September 2015, Andrea Mariano started her first year at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  She was 18 years old and allergic to peanuts and dairy.  Her life was one of constant vigilance to ensure she was not exposed to her allergens.  Tragically, she had an anaphylactic reaction to a drink she ordered from Booster…

Tiny Doses

Oral immunotherapy (OIT) for life threatening food allergies starts with ingesting tiny doses of the allergen.  Tiny doses so the immune system lets it go undetected.  This is because if the dose is detected it will trigger an anaphylactic reaction which can only be stopped with a shot of life saving epinephrine. We continue with…

Full of Hope

As I mentioned in my blog post “Seeking a cure” my kids started oral immunotherapy in mid February.  We travel for an hour each way once every two weeks for the in office up-dose of the allergen being treated.  We will return to the allergist this week. They each have multiple allergies so over time…

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…

Seeking A Cure

A cure for anaphylactic food allergies would give my children a chance at a normal life where food is not a danger and a threat to their lives but something to be savoured and enjoyed.  I want our children to experience birthday parties and sleepovers, field trips and school celebration days without being excluded due to…

Safe Inclusion

One of the things I have to negotiate almost daily are food related celebrations.  In school and out.  Recently after searching online, I compiled a short list of suggestions for in-class celebrations including birthdays. There are many reasons to celebrate during the year – Valentine’s Day, Easter, Diwali, birthdays just to name a few.  Sending…

Food Free Section

In November 2015, My husband and I made a presentation to the Markham Public Library Board asking them to consider introducing a section in the library where no food is allowed in order to be more welcoming to families dealing with food allergies.   In response to our presentation the Markham Public Library piloted a…

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…

My Family

I am the mom of three kids.  My eldest has ezcema & anaphylactic food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and soy.  My youngest has asthma, ezcema & anaphylactic food allergies to dairy, eggs, and peanuts & tree nuts. My middle daughter has no known allergies.