Wednesday, December 16, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS


We survived Thanksgiving with no major outbreaks or incidences-thanks to all our family for working so hard to create such a "Ty friendly" atmosphere!
Well I'm happy to report that this will be the first Christmas where there are wonderful scents in the air! Last year Ty was still allergic to wheat but this year he has outgrown his wheat allergy and we have been baking out the whazoo! We found an egg substitute (3 tbs of water to 1 tbs of milled flaxseed) and it tastes great. I'm so thankful for the smell of sugar cookies in the air and yesterday we made chex mix with his Earth Balance butter. Of course Ty doesn't eat any of this but HIS MOMMY SURE DOES! I'm so grateful for an amazing family who goes out of their way to make as much "allergy free" foods as possible during these food fest holidays. I can't wait to see what Ty outgrows in 2010-I feel confident God is gonna release us from this and I am so thankful for that promise! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Trick or THREAT


Well, with Halloween fastly approaching I am left to deal with an uncharted territory-is it safe to trick or treat? Last year, Ty was a little too young to notice and he had just as much fun handing out the candy. But this year, he is so excited and I am so nervous. Although he gets the fact that he has allergies, how do you explain to a 2 year old that trick or treating is too dangerous for him. Some ideas I have come up with include-going around to a few houses the day before and preparing Ty's own goodie bags for the neighbors to give him when he comes and the other is keep him at a Halloween carnival too late for him to go trick or treating. The problem with the second one is just about every carnival has food and candy and once those kids get it all over their hands-our fun is done! Doo doo! We went to Boo in the Zoo last week and just about 90% of the candy they handed out was deadly for Ty. Luckily I brought a back up bag and he didn't seem to notice the switch. Its just so frustrating that holidays stress me out and its not the holiday rush, or what costume to buy or which parties can we make it to...but its whether or not my child's safety will be compromised by his participation.
And dang the flu shots b/c he can't get them-THEY ALL CONTAIN EGG! So everyone else, get yours b/c that is his only line of defense! I decided to go ahead and get the swine flu, why bother w/the vaccine? lol....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Football Games

My mom brought up a good point about football games; Ty can't go. As everyone knows, we are very involved in Clemson football but now that Ty is older and walking around, the games just aren't safe anymore. The biggest culprit...peanuts! Not too long ago, I was doing it too-eating peanuts and dropping the shells in the stadium. Now, that's a death trap for my son. Would it be too extreme to ask Clemson to no longer sell peanuts at sporting venues? Probably. But it stinks for Ty and i will pray for the day we no longer have to worry about this. Until then, we will watch it from the comfort of our home. I will say that he has no idea that he's not getting to go to alot of stuff and I'm thankful for that right now. Our next big hurdle is Halloween. How are we going to handle the trick or treating issue? I'm hoping that he won't really notice it and maybe that will buy me one more year of not having to worry about it. Through trial and a lot of error, I am happy to report some VERY accomodating and safe places to eat:
Subway at Hudson Corners,
Little Pigs at Hudson Corners,
and Lil Rebel off of Locust Hill (happens to be my favorite) are all very sweet and understanding and DELICIOUS!!! So if you are looking for a nice dairy, nut and egg free meal-try one today! I would love to know some more suggestions if anyone has them.

I promise not to wait so long before my next blog.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Missing Out

Today I find it very frustrating because this weekend our family is having a big get together and we have to miss out on it. Like everything we do, it revolves around good food and good friends and family and unfortunately the good food is bad for us. Because I have another child now, I find it hard to watch Ty so closely in order to ensure there is no contact or cross contamination with something he may be allergic to. And it would be unfair to everyone else to tell them they can only have the foods that are safe for him (not to mention not nearly as yummy). So, once again we cannot attend. Thankfully Ty is young and does not realize he is missing out but I worry that family might not understand or might get offended that we are always a no show. Not only do I worry about the foods that are at the function but I worry about the food people ate before they came. If they were eating nuts, did they wash their hands and face? If that child was drinking milk, is their mouth clean? Yes, he IS that allergic. I was at the pool yesterday and the lifeguard was eating peanut butter crackers and I found myself getting all panicky at the thought of crumbs falling and Ty walking on them. (ok, i know that is a stretch but that is my mindset). So, is it possible to ban milk, eggs, and nuts for everyone else b/c we can't have it? NO! But maybe it is possible to increase awareness and even promote "cleaner" eating (aka washing hands and face afterwards). Food for thought....

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What do food allergies look like?


This is the child that changed it all... As you can see, his food allergies have really affected him! j/k. This blog is instrumental in relaying information that could hopefully make our lives easier and maybe a little more normal. Everything we do (as a society) revolves around food and being in the South intensifies that. My goal is to be able to participate in as many things/holidays/family functions etc. as possible while maintaining a safe atmosphere for my son. Please share any information on accomodating restaurants, or even some good recipes I might be able to try.

First Day

so today is the first day of my blog and i apologize for the novice-ness of this. I am new to all this. I wanted to share information with people in the Upstate and all over who might also be dealing with food allergies. As most of you know, my two year old son was born with food allergies and its been very frustrating and not to mention scary at times. To most people food can be a source of healing but for our family it can kill. We have had two major scares since he has been born. He is deathly allergic to milk, nut and egg. Praise God he has outgrown wheat, soy, corn, and oat: and we look forward to adding more to the outgrown list. 80% of children outgrow food allergies by the age 5 so we are almost half way there. Please share your experiences and tips and together we can overcome this obstacle!