On Friday night our daughter had her first food allergic reaction in 9 years. It was also the first time she self injected and the first time she had a reaction at a friend’s without an adult present. Her big sister also experienced the first time she was present at a reaction that she remembers. And it was the first time I was out and received a frantic phone call about a reaction.
All in all, a lot of firsts that I would rather have done without. While we have learned a lot from the incident including phoning 911 before phoning Mom and that all of the training that we’d done was successful, the fear box has been opened. You know, the one you stuff all of your allergic parent fears into so that you can lead a somewhat normal life? Read more »
My heart is feeling 2 sizes too small these days. I may not be green but I seem to be feeling the same biological issue affecting one of my favorite Dr. Seuss characters. It’s not that I want to steal Christmas but that I’m feeling like I’d rather avoid it altogether.
I’ll be hosting my side of the family which is the first time we’ll all be together in the 7 years since we moved from Alberta to Vancouver Island. The distance was just too great to drive over the wintery Rocky Mountains for 15 hours to my sister’s house and 17 hours to my parents’ house and too costly to afford airfare along with everything else that comes with Christmas. But this year we all decided to make sure we could get together since my eldest nephew will be out of high school this year and most likely moving on to other things. It was time to bite the bullet and be in the same place.
Add to our family of 10 the French exchange student that we’ll have for Christmas (don’t ask, it seemed like a good idea at the time) and we’ll have 11 people in the house for a week, 5 of them teenagers.
I’m now working on Christmas presents for the family and the French student along with planning meals and baking, all a bunch of things I haven’t had to worry about for years. So I’m starting to feel the Grinch as I worry about what food is coming to our house and planning dairy free meals for our French student along with all of the allergy issues we always deal with.
I’m sure it will work out just fine but I forgot how stressful it can be, right at the time when society’s expectation is that we’re joyful. Guess it’s time to get rid of the Grinch and channel my inner Who.