Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Another post on Please don't joke!!!

It just happened again this morning.  Amanda spent the night at a friends last night.  The parent knows the drill.

I called this morning to see how she was told "yea, I just gave her a peanut butter crunch cereal".  
Me speechless.  "Oh I'm just kidding!" the parent said.

Well it's not funny.  It made me feel kind of sick and then I was a little down waiting for her to come home, feeling anxiety not being able to go about my day.  All I could think about was every scenario that could possibly happen to Amanda - a child who is anaphylactic to peanuts.

Scary.  I pray every day for her safety.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Canada - such a great country!

Why Risk It?

And they take peanut allergies seriously.  They print on the front of cereals and snacks that the product is peanut free.  Not in tiny print on the back that is hidden in the ingredients section.

Why Risk It - a great Canadian website

I found this great website for peanut and food allergies.  It is called Whyriskit.ca   Check it out.  It has good information and horrifying information for any parent whose child could die from eating a bad food.  Bullying scares me.  Kids can be mean.  Hey, if parents have joked in front of Amanda that the ravioli or whatever she wants to eat contains peanuts, then we can only guess what kids are thinking about to make fun of a child who has peanut allergies.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I say nay to peanuts on Southwest Airlines

I just got back from Los Angeles and now need to regroup and make a post about peanut allergies.  The only thing I can think of right now, because I'm exhausted with the 2 hour time change, is that while flying Southwest Airlines home from LAX to SAT I was offered peanuts by the flight attendant.  I declined because I knew that the first thing I was going to do when I got home was hug and kiss Amanda and I did not want to give her hives.  I didn't need them and didn't miss them.  I say nay to peanuts.  Nice snack - if you are not ANAPHYLAXIS to peanuts.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NO JOKES PLEASE!

Please don't joke about something  a child that is about to eat or will eat or is eating, that the food contains peanuts in any way.  Not Funny!

Enough Said.

Loving your child, hating their peanut allergies

Does your child's peanut allergies ever make you feel overwhelmed, stressed or down?  I've felt all the above and I'm not afraid to admit it.  I just get plain scared sometimes.  I can't be there or protect her all the time.  And I Never will be able too.  It saddens me and scares me to think something could happen to her.  Of course cynics could say, well she could get hit by a car or die in a car crash or whatever.  But we are talking about the sustenance to life here.  We all have to eat.  And not all of us will potentially die from eating something that our body thinks is harmful and then attack itself by sending the immune system into anaphylactic shock.  Most of us can enjoy eating anything we want - only having to worry about calorie and fat intake.  If that's all I had to worry about with Amanda I would be giddy-happy.  But calories don't concern me at all.  I encourage her to eat fattening foods and all different kinds of foods because I want her to enjoy eating healthy - yet safe food.  She does remain on guard on doesn't eat anything unless I've made it or it's from McDonalds, or Red Robin.  She won't eat anything at other people's homes and NEVER eats cake, donuts, brownies or cookies outside of our home.  Hmmm...is that why she is so petite?  

Does anyone else see this in their child that has a food allergy?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

This person apparently has NO clue what he is talking about

Obviously the writer of this article does not have a child with a food allergy.  If he did, he wouldn't go anywhere near implying that life-threatening food allergies are because we as parents are not letting out children get dirty.

First all, speaking from experience, my daughter Amanda has grown up just like any other child - playing at parks, in sand boxes and rolling around in dirt and mud (literally).  I have never shielded her from dirt.  What I have shielded her from is peanuts and tree nuts which will send her into anaphylactic shock.  Dirt never has.   Here is the article.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This is what I DON'T like to hear about

This is an unbelievable story.  Makes me think a lot about the camp Amanda just went to in June.  How safe are our children really when they have a life-threatening peanut allergy?

Peanut Allergy Death

Monday, July 13, 2009

Blue Bunny Ice Cream

My mom bought some Blue Bunny Ice Cream for she and my dad to have. Amanda was there for a visit and asked for some ice cream. Thank God Amanda reads every label because here it was it said it may contain: walnuts, cashews, pecans and peanuts. What was the flavor? Banana Split. Although the ice cream may not have contained any nuts, the point is, is that is "may have". And may have is a reason to not eat it.

Are sweet rolls safe at McDonald's?


On the way to the swim meet on Thursday, my husband stopped and bought the kids sweet rolls from McDonald's. He didn't think anything about it. Well Amanda did and she wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole. I found out about this when I met up with them at the Natatorium right before the meet started. I told Amanda she did the right thing in not eating them despite how starving she was. I asked Phil about the rolls and he confessed that he didn't ask anyone if the rolls had peanuts or contained peanuts. Aargghh!! Scary mistake!!!! A lot of breakfast pastries contain nuts or tree nuts! That scared me out of my mind that our daughter could have gone into anaphylaxis. Thank God Amanda is so cautious. She really is. I can't say enough about her diligence in not eating a crumb unless she can read the label. But regardless of how good she is about checking labels etc, etc, I'm still a nervous nelly because of mistakes and mislabeling and whatever else can go wrong.
xoxo

Swim Meets and Protecting children with Peanut Allergies

Amanda had her last swim meet last Thursday in a chaotic environment where the kids have to sit so close to each other between events that they are practically on top of each other. At swim meets the children get to eat snacks that the parents provide. They have to stay with their team the entire time. Not a big deal if your child doesn't have a peanut allergy, but it is if your does.

I provided healthy snacks for Amanda. She had the cooler with her and could get something to eat whenever she wanted. Every other child was there too with their snacks. So what's the most popular snack to give a child who is not allergic to peanuts? The peanut butter sandwich of course! And lots of kids had them. This was an uncontrolled environment. No rules can be set for over 300 kids ranging in age from 5 to 18. Amanda did what she needed to do as a responsible 9-year-old and walked away from anyone eating that "poison" sandwich.

There was another incidence where she got a little afraid because her best friend was eating a granola bar next to her. If you have a peanut allergic child, you know that your child can't stand even the slightest smell of peanuts. They also can't stand the thought of someone eating something containing peanuts next to them.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sean spied a dragonfly


It's a miracle - with San Antonio in a severe drought (we've had the least amount of rain ever since 2007) and with a record just set of weeks of 100 degree plus days, Sean saw a dragonfly yesterday at our pool. He tried to get it to land on his hand, just like in the book. We are thankful for any dragonflies we see under this very hot, dry season we are in.

I love dragonflies and have written a book called I Spy a Dragonfly.
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Peanut allergies and tree nut allergies

I was just thinking this evening as my husband and I were hanging out by the pool sans children, that even if Amanda were just allergic to peanuts, and not tree nuts, that she still wouldn't be able to eat tree nuts unless they were made in a peanut free plant. Does that make sense? It's because on the can of cashews we were eating it said "made in a plant that processes peanuts". So that means she would not have been able to eat a cashew. I really never thought of this before because it's never been an issue. She will not eat anything that contains peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans or almonds even though the last 4 mentioned are really not a nut at all. We just don't know for sure until we get her to take a blood test. That's the only sure fire way to know. So for now my peanut allergic child avoids peanuts and tree nuts. And that's just fine with me.

Are you looking UP or Down?

Which way are you looking? Up or Down?
THE BUZZARD:
If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner... The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

THE BAT:
The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

THE BUMBLEBEE:
A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

PEOPLE:
In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem! Just look up.

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and trust in our Creator who loves us.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

This is Sean now

Turning 7 years old on 7 -2 -02!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Sean! I love you my sweet angel!

Sean is turning 7 on July 2, 2009


So hard to believe. He's growing up so fast. My sweet baby boy. He was about 20 months here. Now he is turning 7 and going into 2nd grade in the fall.

I love you Sean Thomas - you have brought joy to my life since the day you were born - you sweet angel.