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 Post subject: What a lovely evening...
PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:48 pm 
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What a lovely evening, after meeting a friend and her daughter for an afternoon of skating (-1C) complete with hot (soy) chocolate, we went to their house for an impromptu playdate/visit.
While the children played, I helped her take down some Christmas tree decorations and it was decided that we'd stay for dinner. They had a safe ham, potatos and vegetables.
My husband came around with margarine (just in case, but not needed as everything was done using olive oil).
We had a fine meal, good conversation and even some wine and cheese while the children busied themselves at the kitchen table at a craft.
We left after exchanging hand-me-down skates for borrowed books and promises of future playdates.
Ahh, this must be what "normal" life is like.
After adding new allergies a week ago, I needed to be reminded that life goes on and it can be good.

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:12 pm 
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Sigh - such LOVELY (and deserved) SIMPLICITY. I often think that there is something in that idea that we are not given more than we can bear (sp?) even though we can feel like it at times. I was really happy to read this. Better still, I am sure your child has no real clue just how much it means to you, which is success in itself...

And I have my own gratitude to share- my DD's best friend's mom called me today to ask if I would trust her to bake a bday cake that my DD can also share in - emotionally it is an important thing to our two girls. There are maybe 4 people in the world that I have met in person that I'd say OK to and she happens to be one of them... There is a history of anaphylaxis in her nephews and she "gets" the severity, risk etc. perhaps as she has also witnessed a nephew in the thotws of anaphylaxis... that a single busy mom was spending an extra grocery (and $) trip to get all safe ingredients and new baking materials breaks my heart with happiness. Reflexively I will probably still feel panic, but know that I need to start building safe trust and be able to let go when it is right.

moments like this make me forgot those when i want to poke people's eyes out with a pencil... ok, not literally poke them out... well, maybe just the really dense and mean ones... kidding... i think

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daughter: ana for egg, sesame, dairy, pistachio/cashew/hazelnut. on contact. allergic+ to soy protein isolate, environmental allergies (e.g. dogs, dust mites). asthma. eczema.
son: peanuts, tree-nuts, OAS, environmental allergies. asthma.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:56 pm 
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Susan- It is so nice to read a positive story. Just think, other people have playdates like that ALL THE TIME! Can you imagine what that must be like?

renie, we too just had a "normal" birthday experience. DD's pal made sure there were only safe foods and a safe cake. This was a huge deal for my little one and for me.

Let's hope 2008 is filled with many more happy, positive experiences! :P

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:09 pm 
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I second that Gem!

and honestly Susan, I am so happy for you.

I do hope that we all have such warm moments - big (bdays) and ordinary (playdates) this year. Let's make a point to share them too so in the darker moments, we can remember that other people really do care and our efforts to educate are in fact making a difference

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daughter: ana for egg, sesame, dairy, pistachio/cashew/hazelnut. on contact. allergic+ to soy protein isolate, environmental allergies (e.g. dogs, dust mites). asthma. eczema.
son: peanuts, tree-nuts, OAS, environmental allergies. asthma.


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