Thursday, May 27, 2010

A look into Our Life...

Lets Help Eachother!

So in the past little while, I'm come in contact with some great contacts.
I think as parents of children with life threatening allergies, or individuals with life threatening allergies it's important to educate ourselves, and others as much as we can so we can better protect those we love.

As i've mentioned before, my husband and I started a group on facebook called "Peanut Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness", we are also on twitter under "PeanutAllergie", from that group we came across a foodie in Germany. This individuals organization supplies allergy cards for dining out and such. What a great helps the staff understand what is okay and what is not...please check out their website at...
Also, on their facebook page feel free to post of a eating out experience you've had...was it good or bad, and how so??

Another contact I've across is a couple of twin boys down in the states...they are starting a non-profit for Peanut Detection Service Dogs called "Will Work for Peanuts"
Follow them on twitter @PeanutDog4Twins.
They are still starting out so are trying to raise $250K for this great cause.

If you fellow bloggers are part of an organization, or trying to start one, or know a loved one who would benefit, please look into both these great services!!
And I'd love to know more about you so please comment aware. Strength in numbers they say.

Have a good day everyone!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Another day...

So...I was just reflecting on the days where my husband and I (and even Brian from time to time) would enjoy peanut butter. It was affordable, somewhat healthy and tasty. Each morning I would enjoy a nice cup of coffee with peanut butter on toast.

The day Brian had his reaction drastically, and understandably I assume, changed my feelings on my old friend "peanut butter." It was no longer a pleasant memory but a painful one. Seeing what my son went through scared me enough to never eat that monster again. And I haven't. I don't think I'll ever eat peanut butter again, even if Brian one day grows out of his allergy.

It's sad, yet somewhat understandable that it's so commonly consumed in our society. Not just peanut butter, but peanuts and other nuts as well. I can't say I was ever a fan of the actual peanuts, but i did enjoy almonds. Since discovering Brian's allergy, the allergist warned us to stay away from all nuts, and treat Brian like he's allergic to those as well, since other nuts often have traces of peanuts.
On Mothers Day we went down to a popular park that has a nice peir, picnic area and toddler playground and water park. We went for our friends birthday...and I was frustrated by the carelessness of some individuals. We decided to take Brian onto the "sunny part" of the picnic area we were in so he could run around on the grass. Once we got there, there was a huge open bag of raw peanuts...and the people eating them left the shells all over the grass. Very careless.

So unfortunately we weren't able to let Brian run around in that area due to the closeness of the peanuts and them being scattered around. I really just wanted to yell at the people and ask what they were thinking...but then I realized..."they're NOT thinking" and why would they? They're not effected by peanuts the way our family is. Therefore they don't understand the severity of those actions.

To all of you reading this, if you ever eat peanuts in a playground, PLEASE be aware that there may be children with life threatening allergies. And not all these children understand the consequence of peanuts, so help them but not eating them, or leaving shells laying around.

This week is "Food Allergy Awareness Week" those with food allergies, especially the severe kind, and be thoughtful and mindful when you're around them. Wash your hands thoroughly, not just run under water or a quick wipe, and beware of what's on your lips if you kiss them...