Pokin’ at ya…

Two years ago, Kerry was tested for allergies, and the poor little guy tested positive for allergies for almost everything under the sun: peanuts, tree nuts, mold, pollen, grass, weeds, cats, dogs… the list goes on. He has a lot of environmental and food allergies, so consequently, he is on a plethora of medication for asthma and allergies. We did try to see if he could handle shrimp last Friday,since at the last allergist appointment, the doctor said that the shellfish allergen reaction was small. Unfortunately, Kerry broke out in a HUGE rash from his butt to his knees on Saturday. Time to put shellfish back on the list of forbidden foods…

Today was Casey’s trip to the allergist for his allergy testing. I was SO INCREDIBLY proud of him for not fussing, crying, or fighting during his appointment. He did complain just a little bit about his arm being itchy during the last round of testing, but he was such a brave boy during the whole experience. So, guess who else is allergic to a TON of stuff? Yup, you guessed it right… Casey is severely allergic to peanuts (the reaction was the size of my pinky fingernail!), tree nuts, dogs, cats, pollen….

HUGE SIGH. So, now I will have to send TWO Epi-pens to school, TWO rescue inhalers… you get the picture. My purse looks like a mini-pharmacy with an Epi-pen, Benadryl, an albuterol inhaler, motrin, children’s motrin, and antiacids!

I’m glad, though, that we did get the allergy testing done. It’s better to know than not to know, especially when it comes to food allergies. No wonder why Casey never ate peanut butter! The doctor said that most kids will instinctively not eat foods to which they have allergies. It also might explain why Casey is so scared of cats and dogs, too, but that might be part of his autism.

Are there any other parents out there dealing with food allergies? What do you do for your child/children’s school to help educate them about the perils of food allergies?

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7 responses

  1. I think the key line you said was “It’s better to know than not to know,”. That is so true.

    As for dealing with the allergies (your kids that is), there are some good lessons to be learned from kids who have diabetes. They have to acknowledge to themselves that they have them; let others know they have them (at least those serving them food), i.e. not be shy about it; and be taught that the only way to not have the allergies control their lives, is to have control over their allergies (awareness, understanding, avoidance of triggers and treatments, etc.).

    And they can also look forward to several of them lessening over time, or even going away completely – as many kids grow out of them through their teen years. (I got a lot of mine late, so I’m stuck with them, fortunately, I have no ‘natural’ allergies except moulds, everything else is to stuff that is man made.)

  2. Michelle, my twins were diagnosed with multiple food allergies (and other allergies) at age 4. I decided at once to train them to take ownership over their food intake. I trained them to refuse food from any source that I had not vetted and to insist on adults reading food labels to them. I also trained them to remember brands that are notorious for cross contamination. Now they are 7 and can read their own labels.

    It’s sad, but my kids know that they can’t trust either of their grandmothers to give them safe food. they both refuse food from their grandmother’s as a matter of course and will not be harangued into accepting it based on protestations of its safety. Shira has been heard to tell a grandmother that she’s the one who suffers when she eats a food she’s allergic to and that means she will not take chances with any foods.

    I do admit though that we eat almost no packaged foods. I make 99% of our food from scratch and we have a selection of coolers that we use. we all feel more comfortable eating food we know is safe.

  3. Here’s what you need: Giant hamster balls.

    I’m not saying ‘boy in the bubble’ … I’m just saying how cool it’d be to have two boy-sized hamster balls for the kids to run around in. When I was that age, I’d kill for a chance to run around in a giant plastic, hypo-allergenic ball, crashing into shit, knocking lamps over, etc. You’ll never have to fight to put the kids to bed, ever again, because they’ll be so burnt out from running around in giant plastic orbs.

    In all seriousness though, I have a life-long friend who is allergic to EVERYTHING under the sun. We ended up going to the same school in Boston for a year, and she couldn’t drink, eat, or even walk across campus without breaking out, or her throat closing or whatever. It was a living hell. But she got through it. She’s now a teacher, and her hand bag did look like a mini-pharm as well.

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