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Dear Younger Me,
I see you and I know you. You feel alone and unprepared right now. Your helpless, precious child has been diagnosed with a severe food allergy. You’ve already seen the power this disease has when your sweet babe became swollen beyond recognition with hives, redness and itchiness.
Many Christmas traditions involve food. You know, building and decorating gingerbread houses, opening chocolate candy from the advent calendar, putting milk and cookies out for Santa. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but the food focus can be REALLY hard when you’ve got a child with food allergies. So what happens if we don’t want to focus on food-based traditions? Or maybe we just want something a little less intensive than Elf On A Shelf? Well, I’ve got you covered! I’ve scoured the internet for some fun, meaningful food allergy friendly holiday traditions & activity ideas and included a few of our own traditions as well.
Our extended family isn’t going to be able to spend Christmas together so we decided to spend a weekend together AWAY in a hotel. We’re going to Kananaskis Lodge which is about an hour and a half away from where we live. It’s been YEARS since we’ve been there and they’ve recently done a reno, so our whole family is really excited. But before we get too crazy, we need to pack. And as we all know, packing for a food allergy is a lot more daunting than just throwing in a swimsuit and change of clothes. So to get me going I thought I’d write everything down and share it with you!
This is not easy to write. To prepare for this post, I’ve had to remember some of the scariest times we’ve had with food allergies. Knowing that things I did (even though they were accidents) may have caused these situations, makes my heart ache. The Mom guilt is real. And exposing my incompetence to the world is even harder. Luckily, my daughter’s reactions were mild, but I don’t know what I would’ve done if my daughter would have had full-blown anaphylaxis (and even thinking of that is too difficult). Let’s just say I’m SO THANKFUL that all the situations turned out well and we can now just call these situations learning experiences.