This is where I tell you a little bit about us!
My husband and I married in 2007, that year our son was born! 19 months later we had our daughter! After 4 more years, we decided to have our third and final child. Life is now complete with our three children.
I grew up all of my life with asthma and allergies. My allergies were a pretty miserable seasonal allergy, all animals, most fruits and some nuts. While this made me miserable a lot, I was not in as life-threatening of a situation as my son. I could be around animals for a small amount of time before it turned into an asthma attack, I could eat most fruits without much more than itchy lips and a stomach ache and i just stayed away from nuts, although I have never had an anaphylactic reaction to a nut. When I was about 4 or 5 I asked my mother if I could try a strawberry since I couldn't ever remember having one and I may no longer be allergic. She had let me take a small bite of one. The next thing I remember was fading in and out. I opened my eyes to see people hovered over me in an ambulance and an oxygen mask on my face. Then I remember them asking me if I was right or left handed to put the IV in an Operating Room. Then I just remember being stuck in the hospital for a long time. I think it was over a week or two. It turned out that the small bite of the strawberry caused an asthma attack resulting in a collapsed lung. Years later, I grew out of my strawberry allergy, at least to that extent. I also grew out of my watermelon allergy for the most part, I can get it down with no more than itching and stomach ache. So, I try honeydew and cantaloupe. I had to go home from school that day because my throat swelled up and I could not stop coughing. I know now, how serious that probably was and how lucky I am to have felt better after a couple of hours. But, those allergy experiences were among the few severe allergy reactions I have come across. It is almost nothing compared to those with anaphylaxis. But, when I was a child, my allergies were rare and anaphylaxis was not as widely known or as widely common.
My husband's immune system is amazing! He hardly ever gets sick, he has only one recently discovered allergy and he has no asthma. Although my husband's health is so strongly built, asthma and allergies do run in his family. Allergies only spread as far as seasonal and some animals but hereditary is hereditary. My family also has allergies so it was pretty known that our children would have SOMETHING, I just never imagined it would be food allergies, especially that bad.
My two younger children do not have any allergies yet. They have both been tested for my older son's allergens and those came out negative. Neither of them have been tested for nuts. That is to avoid that allergy all together. I have taken strict measures to ensure that my younger children do not get an allergy. I will write a blog post about those measures and the theory that both my son's allergist and I believe in.
Now, for my son. He is a wonderful, happy little guy. He is so incredibly smart and aware of his allergies. He is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. He is his best advocate. Sometimes he will even quiz me on the food before eating it. He learned all of this at a very young age and was able to tell people no. In fact, when he was in preschool, his bus driver offered a candy cane. He declined, explaining that he did not know if it contained his allergens. If you would like to read about when we found out our son has allergies read this BLOG POST
This blog is based on my son. I, as an allergy parent, recount stories of when we have run into allergies. I give you readers information about allergies in every day life. I look for people that can relate and have similar stories. Being an allergy parent is not easy but that is why I am doing this. I want to find people to relate to. I want people to understand the severity of these allergies. I want people to know what to do in the case that their child or loved one has an allergic reaction, especially for the first time. Allergies are becoming more and more common. I think it is only necessary for everyone to become educated on the subject.
Thank you everyone for reading my blog! I am so grateful to every one of you!