Our Peanut-free Journey

Life with a peanut allergic son.

New School Year — October 12, 2009

New School Year

Wow, I had no idea it was this long since I last posted. We are now into a new school year. The one where he eats at school. And everything is fine!

We have an action plan in place and he sits at a separate table in the lunchroom. By separate I mean it is his table only. No other children sit there, not even during other lunch periods. Then each day the teacher asks if anyone has a peanut-free lunch and if they do then they can sit with Alex. The only problem is that it only sits four kids and usually more want to sit with him! He loves it.

The school is not peanut-free but the two first-grade classrooms are. I made a list of safe snacks the teacher can use to buy snacks for the classroom. At the beginning of the year they asked for a $10.00 donation to buy snacks for the year. That way everyone is eating the same thing and it is safe to eat.

Other than that things have been uneventful. We leave for DisneyWorld in 10 days and I have been hearing wonderful things about their food allergy awareness. Hopefully that holds true. I’ll have a full report when we get back.

Hope everyone out there is having a wonderful fall!

First Playdate Away From Home — July 30, 2008

First Playdate Away From Home

It went well. I was very nervous at first but this mom has her own epi-pen for an allergy,¬†however she’s never had to use it. After a brief tutorial and when to use the second epi etc., it was time for Isabelle and I to head home. Thankfully we only live a four-minute drive from the little girl’s house. The only problem was that the little girl Alex went to visit had eaten peanuts in her bedroom the night before. The mom vacuumed very well and I felt ok with it. I got a call twice for food questions, one about chocolate milk which he could have and one about popsicles that he couldn’t have.

It was nice to have time to myself at home while Isabelle napped but it was still very nerve wracking. I jumped every time the phone rang.

For our first experience it went well. Obviously I much prefer Alex to have his playdates here at the house but that isn’t always going to be the case. He will want to try new things and as a mom I have to protect him but at the same time let him go. It is so hard to be a mom sometimes.