These last two years have been quite the change for our family. My son was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies after suffering a couple anaphylactic reactions. These reactions caused severe life threatening symptoms including; hives, rashes, throat closing, breathing issues, sneezing and wheezing. He required an ambulance ride, hospital stay, shots of epinephrine and his asthma medicine. That was all during his first year. We are now ending year two and feeling better about his conditions (eczema, food allergies and asthma). Now that we have all three somewhat under control we are now in the maintenance and avoidance stage.
He was initially allergic to
wheat/egg/peanut/tree nut/oat/barley/tomato/garlic and some medications.
Two years later he is allergic to wheat/egg/peanut/tree nut/oat/barley/green peas and medications
We maintain a peanut and tree nut free home. All guests are required to wash hands upon entering the house and are asked to refrain from eating any nuts before coming over and to avoid bringing food into the house. This is because we strive to have at least ONE safe place for our child.
We also currently have a wheat/barley free home due to his numbers being so high and his anaphylactic reaction to barely flour.
As you can imagine eating has become a scary, anxiety ridden and stress filled event. We have to cook just about every meal from scratch, read every food label, call most companies to check for non-labeled allergens and it is very time consuming. Not to mention there is limited eating out, party attending and Holidays are tricky.
I know first hand that finding good recipes and/or products can be life saving. Especially if they are quick, easy and taste good.
I want to take the time this week to share some of our tips, recipes and ideas that have helped us through the last couple of years as an allergy family and welcome any tips or ideas that have helped your family or friends.