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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:27 am 
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The more I read it continues to amaze me how strong, resourceful and creative allergy parents are. I was wondering what has surprised you about yourself, what 'good' has come from dealing with allergies in your home?

I am amazed at how assertive I have become, yet at the same time I've learnt (hard to believe I'm sure but I was 100x more frantic 2 years ago :lol: ) not to put people on the defensive but as Susan said once 'poke and pat, poke and pat'.

I'm surprised at how our our son's allergies have brought us closer as a family unit. We appreciate the time together and by having more non-food celebrations have discovered how much more special events are by doing fun 'things' together.

By baking more I surprise myself with what I am able to create. We also find great amusement with the items which don't turn out. I now know I knew 'nothing' about what we were eating/putting into our bodies. By being so much more aware of food and ingredients I find I will even choose at times to make something from scratch which I am able to buy.


..........what about you?

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:43 pm 
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It's pat them (butter them up) poke them (present the issue) pat them (thank them in advance for solving your issue)

Great thread, I'll come back and answer later!

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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
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:27 pm 
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It hasn't been long really since i've joined the allergy world, but i've learned that i'm not a bad cook actually, it's just that I never had the right motivation to do it. I learned I love baking and would gladly spend the whole day in the kitchen baking to freeze.

I realised that I can be assertive about things if I have to be, and stand up to anyone that threatens my family or kids. I hope to learn more in the next few years, but mostly, i've found that nothing can be insurmountable when it comes to your children.

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Daughter 3.5 years) - Dairy, Eggs, Peanuts, Sesame, Beef; asthma and eczema
Daughter (2 years) - Peanuts Eczema
Son (7 months) - Contact allergy to something food undetermined


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:35 am 
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but mostly, i've found that nothing can be insurmountable when it comes to your children.

Beautifully said and oh so true!

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 6:39 am 
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I'm surprised by how much information I already have stored in my head (re:allergies/asthma). I go to the store and I swear I can hear the rolodex index card pages turning in my brain, 'what have I heard about this product, what have I heard about this ingredient, did I email them, did I read something'. :wink: I have found rolling my eyes upwards in my head helps me retrieve my carefully filed mental notes. :D

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DD 12 yrs -no allergies
4 yr old DS - asthma/eczema Anaphylactic to Peanuts, all tree nuts, sesame , all pea/lentil legumes, gelatin.
Allergic to trees, grass,ragweed, feathers, dander, mold and dust.
Outgrew eggs, fish, shellfish


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:25 am 
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At first I was amazed at how many ingredients where in foods and how prolific our specific allergens where. Later I was surprised to find how easy it was to do away with them.

I was amazed at how strong the emotions can be... really overwhelming the first time you encounter them. Rage at someone foolishly offering a cookie or refusing to enforce a rule, gratitude for a small change which allows inclusion, relief when you see the ambulance, anxiety in the shopping aisle, fear that first day of school-putting her on the school bus, happiness at checking on your child who is asleep, dreaming, comfortable and and safe.

I was surprised at how many people were affected by allergies and yet how little the rest of the world knew. I was surprised at how willing people were to make small changes to allow us to be safely included in activities/celebrations. I was surprised at which people wouldn't!

I am constantly amazed at how this niche market is flying under the radar of many companies. We are very loyal customers who actively seek out and will shamelessly promote products that meat our needs.

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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
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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