I decided to start this blog after my son was diagnosed with food allergies. For the first seven months of his life he suffered with terrible eczema and after a trip to the ER we found out he is allergic to milk, soy, eggs, sesame and peanuts. As a parent of a child with food allergies it is a constant emotional rollercoaster. I have cried at grocery stores, at birthday parties and at night. He has had the Epi injection twice and spent too much time in the ER.

Current allergies: Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree nuts
Outgrew: Sesame, Soy

Friday, May 27, 2011

My reality

The reality is that at any moment someone can slip.  Every time someone forgets to wash their hands when they walk through our door I cringe.  Every time someone touches Aiden's face I want to go on an attack.  Just recently a little girl kissed Aiden and as cute as it is, it is also scary. This particular mom understood since her daughter cannot eat wheat but most parents don't understand.  I usually have to interview the mom with what their child ate that day, just incase there was some sort of lip contact.  Eyes start rolling and the dirty looks start coming.  Unless you are a parent of a Food Allergic kid or if you witness someone you truly love go into an anaphylactic reaction, you will never totally understand it.  But please at least have the compassion to not roll your eyes when I'm standing right in front of you.  I get it, it's rude to tell you not to touch my son or not to give him that cookie.  I mean, what kind of a mother does not let a grandparent touch their own grandchild? or what kind of a mother does not let a stranger give him a cookie?

At the end of the day I have a child that is sleeping in his own bed and not in the ER.  Until he himself understand food allergies, it is his fathers and mothers duty to protect him. I have cried too many tears because of these stupid allergies and I want nothing more than for my son to be free of them and to have a normal life. To play with other kids without worry. To go out to dinner and enjoy having desert that is ordered from the menu, not from what mom baked couple days or weeks earlier.  I want nothing more than for a little girl to give Aiden a huge kiss and a hug. 

I wonder how will these allergies affect Aiden as an adult?  Will he be like Sloane Miller and still enjoy life? Will he develop some sort of a compulsive disorder and wash his hands every time someone or something touches them?  Will he lock himself in his room and never come out?  Will he travel the world?  Will he be smart and cautious or rebellious?  I catch myself thinking about the future much more frequently than I probably should.

I just hope and pray that he will always be as happy as he is now. 

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  1. I found your blog via the Bump and I want you to know that you are not alone. My dear, sweet son suffers from severe food allergies and environmental allergies too. People don't get it. They are stupid :) I too long for the day when my son can eat anything he wants. In the meantime I will do any and every single thing I can do to protect him. Best wishes to you as you continue on this journey.

  2. thanks for stopping by! I can't imagine adding environmental allergies on top of food allergies! sorry you have to deal with both.