How I Became a Part of the Allergic Lifestyle

February 24, 2009 at 7:29 pm 3 comments

I had always heard about food allergies and some people having them, but never knew exactly what all that entailed. That is, until my second child was a year old. I knew that giving a baby milk was not encouraged until a year old, but seeing how she was almost there and how when I tried to give her a bottle of formula for the first time, she wouldn’t drink it, I decided to go against the ‘rules’ and give her milk. Turns out there was a reason she wouldn’t drink the formula! Her body was telling her not to. It only took two sips of milk to realize she was choking and hives were breaking out all around her mouth and down her chest to her stomach. She was coughing terribly and it was then that I knew she was having a severe reaction. My husband and I got her in the van as quick as we could, along with our firstborn, and began our journey to the ER. Along the way, she seemed to calm down and having a Mom who was a nurse, I knew to keep an eye on her fingernails/toenails. For if they were turning pink immediately after touching them, the oxygen was able to move through her body the way it is suppose to. Thankfully, she recovered quickly from that reaction and we did not end up having to go to the ER afterall. But the reality that our daughter has a food allergy was beginning to dawn on us. Little did I know the change in lifestyle that was going to bring for her and for the rest of our family. I called her pedatrician and was told to keep an eye on her, but that she should be okay, and of course, not to give her any milk products for awhile. So, that’s what we did.  Then, came her first birthday.  We were out in California visiting grandparents and I knew I needed to find a cake that had no milk in it.  So, I was very happy to find that Angel Food Cake did not.  After eating a few bites of the cake, I noticed hives around her mouth.  Alarm ran through my body and it was then that I knew she needed to see an allergist.  She had an allergy to more than milk.  I had a suspicion that it might be an egg allergy because I had read about people having that and afterall, angel food cake is made with egg whites.  So, upon returning home from our trip, I took her to the allergist where she had the 40 prick test done on her back.  Needless to say, that was slightly traumatic for a one year old…and her mom.  The results were that she indeed had an egg white allergy, as well as, a peanut allergy and, of course, the milk allergy.  The nurse couldn’t even measure the milk hive because it was spreading out like wildfire into little pods of hives.  She called another nurse in to try and measure it, but they said they’d never seen one so bad.  That was NOT encouraging.  So, we left there with the reality that there was absolutely nothing we could do to get rid of these allergies, except hope she will outgrow them.  She will be getting tested again next Summer (before her 5th birthday) so that we know what her allergies are when she starts Kindergarten.  We’ve learned a multitude of lessons over the past 2 1/2 years and that is what I hope to share with you.  Tips, What Not to Do, Food Alternatives, etc.  And I hope that you will share yours as we journey through this lifestyle together in hopes of living this life to its FULLEST!

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A Day in the Life of an Allergic Child…

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  • 1. Mandi  |  March 4, 2009 at 4:53 am

    wow. amy, i had no idea she had these allergies. i’ve read the other posts too and you are one awesome mom! God has given you so much strength. i think i would be a basket-case. this site is awesome! i work with mother’s of young children and i will definitely put the word out there about your blog!

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  • 2. bfg  |  March 6, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Was your daughter vaccinated? Vaccines have many food ingredients that are considered inactive so they do not have to appear on the package insert and are a protected trade secret. About every food you can think of is used in making vaccines.

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    • 3. allergyfree  |  March 6, 2009 at 8:14 pm

      Yes! She was vaccinated up until her 15 month appt. I will never let her have another vaccination! At that appt, I reminded her doctor (which was a new doctor for us) that she had these allergies and that I thought I had read about warnings for people who have an egg allergy. He assured me through the nurse that there would be no problem with it. NOT TRUE!!! She had hives on her torso for 3 solid weeks after receiving them. I researched it further (unfortunately, after the fact) and found that people with egg allergies should be very cautious about having the MMR. As if anyone needs another reason to be leary of the MMR! It was torturous to my child to have those hives for so long. I haven’t let her get a vaccine since then. Thank you for posting this on here. I am going to check out your website and may put a link to your site on this blog, if you don’t mind. This is the kind of information that needs to be spread like wildfire to the multitudes! I am outraged at the thought of undeclared foods in vaccines!!! Completely outraged!!

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