Thursday, April 3, 2014

No Dogs Allowed!

Nathan has been asking about a dog lately, but I know he has a dog allergy. I am not sure if hypoallergenic dogs are better for him or not. When our neighbor got a new dog (a poodle) I thought it would be a good time to see if he is still allergic.

He loved playing with the dog and I saw so much joy in Nathan's face that I never saw before. He really liked playing with the dog. He asked if we could get one but after we got home he started to get itchy on his back. I looked and he had some hives (pictured in upper right corner). I gave him some Benadryl and a shower.

Today we went to all allergist and they did a scratch test on Nathan's back and one of the allergens they tested for was dog and he got a big welt (pictured in the lower right corner).

No dogs or any furry pet for us in the near feature....we are sad.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Basketball Sweatbands

 Nathan joined a local basketball league in town. During the games the players wear sweat wristbands that are passed from player to player - team to team - all game day long. They are different colors so the players know who they are guarding on the other team.  They are washed once a week, which made me very concerned. 
Here is why: If a child is wearing one and he recently ate peanut butter for breakfast or a Reese Peanut Butter Cup from the concession stand, and then they wipe on the wristband and then my son (who is very allergic to Peanuts) wears this same sweat wristband, that is not good.  Not to mention is a child has a cold or something and wipes their dripping nose and then my child wears the band....ick.

So I took it upon myself to make some with Nathan's name on them. I just used some iron on printable paper and they turned out great. Luckily, we have a great coach who is very good about making sure Nathan is wearing HIS own wristband 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentines Party at School

Nathan had a Valentines party at school on Friday, he decorated a shoe box and sent Valentines to school. This year I allowed him to send Ring Pops.
I don't usually allow him to send candy for Valentines, in the past we have done
bounce balls, Legos, etc.

At school they had a party
with treats, they had yogurt, fruit,
cake pops and sugar cookies.
Then the kids could eat something from their valentine box.  Nathan ate a cake pop that I
made at home and sent to school. I sent a sugar cookie but he doesn't like them. He doesn't like
fruit and he can't have yogurt because of his dairy allergy so he just ate the cake pop I sent. The teacher told him that he couldn't eat a piece of candy from his Valentine box until I looked at it.  It is good that she said that but then my child is sitting there watching kids in his class eat a treat: Fun Dips, Skittles, Lollipops, etc.  I didn't know they would be able to eat candy on top of all the sugar they ate already. If I did, I would have sent some "safe" candy with him.

When Nathan came home with his box, I was shocked and suspicious because there was not a single piece of chocolate in his box, hard to believe. Then this weekend I talked to another mom and she asked me if Nathan came home with a Reese Peanut Butter cup? I said "NO, and there shouldn't be because the classroom is Peanut Free." She said, that is what she thought but her son came home with one. They are in the same class!!  So the teacher took that out of Nathan's box!! Good, but this makes me wonder.....How much Peanut stuff is in the classroom that they are hiding from me??

I talked to friends that have kids in school in other states and they don't allow candy treats. Are Valentines with candy allowed at your child's school?

Friday, February 7, 2014

Shopping for Pasta at Target

I was shopping at Target the other day and found that it is very hard to find pasta that is gluten free and allergy friendly.

This first one Simply Pasta is Targets brand. It states that it may contain EGG, well that isn't good for us as Nathan is severely allergic to egg.

This 2nd box of pasta that I picked up contains Lupin-which is not recommended for people with PEANUT allergies....which is my child.

It is disappointing that I can't find a good pasta at Target for my son. I love to shop there and would like to be able to get most items on my list in one stop.

I guess I will have to go to my local grocery store and get Ronzoni Pasta. It is more affordable then other gluten free pastas.

What kind of pasta do you buy?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

ER Trip

Nathan has had a little cold, nothing too bad. He just was sniffling, coughing, etc. I don't even think he had a fever. He has had the Flu Shot too.

Well, today I noticed he was coughing more and seemed to have lough breathing. I saw his stomach contracting. I gave him all his asthma inhalers/nebulizer - he didn't seem to be improving.

Once I saw him on the couch and I heard him wheezing, I knew we had to go to the ER.....ASAP.

They took him in right away and checked his vitals and his oxygen was lower, they listened to his breathing and said he was having an Acute Asthma Attack.  They gave him Prednisone. 

They called in the Respiratory Therapist and they gave him continuous Albuterol nebulizer treatments - which I didn't know you could do.

After a while Nathan was feeling better and his breathing improved. He is on a 5 day treatment of the steroid.

Hopefully he is feeling better soon!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Why I Can't Volunteer to Cut Box Tops for School Anymore...

I love helping to earn money for our school, so when I found out there was a position open with the PTO to be a Box Top Coordinator, I was all for it. I mean I could do most of it at home. I could cut and count Box Tops in my spare time. 

What I didn't think of or even expect is what I would find in my bags of Box Tops that needed to be cut. I found Box Tops that came off of Peanut butter cookies that were dirty - residue of the back. This meant I was bringing Peanut allergens in to my home!! Families from school would turn in full bags of garbage that I would need to cut the Box Top out of, some of these items contained Peanuts!!! EEEEKKK!

We also count and send in Milk caps. This means dirty Milk caps with Dairy protein in my house (Nathan is allergic to dairy). Dried Milk flakes would fall off these caps.

Some of the Box Tops are located on the tops of butter containers, which also contain Dairy. Parents would send in the whole top of a butter container with butter still on the back. They were oily, never even washed. 

Then there is the gross and random things I would find in the baggies of Box Tops that are sent to school that I pick up and bring into my house. I would find beads, crumbs, notes, grocery lists and hair!! GROSS! Not only human hair but animal hair - another allergen for my son.

I wasn't aware of all this or I would not have signed up. I will continue to fulfill my commitment for the rest of the year - I will cut these when Nathan is at school and wash down the table before he gets home. I have to store the Box Tops/Milk caps in the garage so it is not in the house. 

I know I will not be able to volunteer to do this again.