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Dear Sports Parents – about those cupcakes
Wednesday, 7 Mar, 2012 – 9:10 | 5 Comments
Dear Sports Parents – about those cupcakes

Dear Sports Parents,
The end-of-the-season cupcake cake was beautiful, and it looked delicious. I’m sure 90 percent of the team appreciated your efforts to make the last game special.
We are the 10 percent.
The one player who …

If you’re laying off nurses, you better have a backup plan
Friday, 24 Jun, 2011 – 13:12 | 2 Comments
If you’re laying off nurses, you better have a backup plan

The lack of health-care workers in schools is nothing new.
We saw the impact when Big Guy was in kindergarten and cooled his heels in the office for half a day after a snooty secretary diagnosed …

Just whose rights are at risk here?
Monday, 14 Mar, 2011 – 15:55 | Comments Off
Just whose rights are at risk here?

Until today, I thought “Fight for Your Right to Party” was just an old 80s rock song. I never dreamed that holiday celebrations – or the lack thereof – would draw actual protests.
That was before …

A SWAT for forgetting that a hypothesis is just that
Thursday, 30 Dec, 2010 – 17:51 | One Comment
A SWAT for forgetting that a hypothesis is just that

So it turns out that the number of people going to emergency rooms as the result of food allergies might have been dramatically underestimated, according to new research.
Reuters reported this week that an article in …

Easy Bake – biggest oxymoron ever
Tuesday, 28 Dec, 2010 – 11:54 | One Comment
Easy Bake – biggest oxymoron ever

Mommy I want Santa to bring me that, Boots said as an Easy Bake oven commercial aired.
I ignored him, because Boots wanted virtually everything he saw on TV or in an ad this year. But …

A tricky conversation that went well
Wednesday, 22 Dec, 2010 – 10:16 | Comments Off
A tricky conversation that went well

Big Guy was looking over my shoulder last night as I was writing a post about 13-year-old Katelyn Carlson, the peanut-allergic Chicago girl who died from anaphylaxis after a party at school.
He often does that, …

Yes, let’s have food allergy policies everywhere
Tuesday, 21 Dec, 2010 – 18:34 | One Comment
Yes, let’s have food allergy policies everywhere

There’s egg-free, and then there’s the kind of egg-free that led Big Guy to puke up his pastries despite a donut shop owner’s assurances that he didn’t use egg. It was true as far as …

The freedom to eat pizza – (almost) any time and any place
Monday, 15 Nov, 2010 – 14:22 | 4 Comments
The freedom to eat pizza – (almost) any time and any place

We didn’t really have time to stop, and if we did Big Guy would miss his karate class. Still, a promise is a promise, so I let him make the call.
“Yes, yes, YES! Momma, I …

Egg-free blueberry coffee cake
Saturday, 28 Aug, 2010 – 8:20 | Comments Off
Egg-free blueberry coffee cake

I know I have a blueberry coffee cake recipe … um, somewhere. Where the heck did it go? Aw, never mind. I’ll just Google.
I’m glad I did, because the new one I conjured up went …

Why I won’t ask our school to pay for pricey cookies
Monday, 5 Jul, 2010 – 13:38 | 3 Comments
Why I won’t ask our school to pay for pricey cookies

I ran across a story this morning about a school district in South Dakota that goes out of its way – to the tune of paying an extra $40 for a case of cookies …

What not to look for in an allergist
Tuesday, 29 Jun, 2010 – 14:53 | Comments Off
What not to look for in an allergist

I’d been lucky in my lifetime to have never run into a truly bad doctor. Sure, there was the guy when I was in high school who told me my nose was definitely broken but …

The new allergy mantra: You probably won’t outgrow it
Wednesday, 23 Jun, 2010 – 15:01 | 4 Comments
The new allergy mantra: You probably won’t outgrow it

It didn’t really hit Big Guy for almost a full day after I broke the news about his latest allergy test results. He figured it out while we were standing in the food court at …

The problem with peanuts and planes
Thursday, 17 Jun, 2010 – 14:26 | Comments Off
The problem with peanuts and planes

With an energy level that makes coffee nervous and a comedic style that coaxes even the most reticent into the water, Miss S is the best swim instructor on the planet.
This morning, she also was …

Thank heaven Mrs. M has a great bread pizza recipe
Wednesday, 2 Jun, 2010 – 12:39 | Comments Off
Thank heaven Mrs. M has a great bread pizza recipe

I was there for the preparation but had to leave before the feast began, so I was curious to hear Big Guy’s reaction to the lunch that was part of his end-of-school party.
“Oh. My. God,” …

Nothing says love – or clueless – like a peanut butter cup
Thursday, 11 Feb, 2010 – 14:28 | Comments Off
Nothing says love – or clueless – like a peanut butter cup

First, the good news:
Big Guy immediately recognized the Reese’s Cup in his bag of Valentine’s Day bling at school – never mind that the kids weren’t supposed to bring candy and I’d ticked Big Guy …

Don’t blame the food allergic for ruining the party
Thursday, 4 Feb, 2010 – 11:25 | Comments Off
Don’t blame the food allergic for ruining the party

I did a double cringe when the Valentine’s Day note came home this week from Big Guy’s school: “Due to food allergies, please do not send any candy, cupcakes or food items.”
The first cringe came …

Learning to survive on his own
Thursday, 28 Jan, 2010 – 9:39 | Comments Off
Learning to survive on his own

He’s survived solo birthday parties.
He successfully navigated the 100th Day of School, even when a food he can’t eat made a surprise appearance. He told the substitute teacher, and the food disappeared quickly. I’m not …

Can I have asthma, too?
Tuesday, 26 Jan, 2010 – 10:00 | Comments Off
Can I have asthma, too?

Mommy, when do I get to have asthma, Boots asked recently.
Maybe never if you’re lucky, I said. I can’t promise that, though. Mawmaw didn’t have asthma until she was in her 50s, so you never …

Sometimes made-up allergies aren’t so bad
Thursday, 21 Jan, 2010 – 9:11 | Comments Off
Sometimes made-up allergies aren’t so bad

I hate made-up allergies.
The one that ticked me off the most was from a frequent house guest who would complain that she was allergic to dogs. Hey, guess what lady? I really am allergic to …

There’s an egg in my kitchen
Sunday, 6 Dec, 2009 – 22:34 | Comments Off
There’s an egg in my kitchen

A dear friend who’s never had to deal with food allergies laughed at me when I evicted all eggs and egg products from our house after Big Guy’s bout with anaphylaxis five and a half …

The mystery of Annie’s Naturals ketchup
Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2009 – 15:54 | Comments Off
The mystery of Annie’s Naturals ketchup

I regularly recheck labels on products, even if we’ve been buying them for years, because you never know when ingredients or manufacturing processes are going to change.
It had never occurred to me to check the …

Food allergies aren’t funny, but here’s a SWAT for a bill that’s a joke
Thursday, 8 Oct, 2009 – 20:13 | Comments Off
Food allergies aren’t funny, but here’s a SWAT for a bill that’s a joke

You have a nasty habit of speeding. You know your break-neck tendencies put others’ lives in danger, but you do it anyway.
But then along comes a proposal that would pay you to not speed. Sounds …

This is anaphylaxis
Thursday, 21 May, 2009 – 11:40 | 8 Comments
This is anaphylaxis

They never believed me.
From the time Big Guy started eating solid foods, I insisted that it be done the “right” way – the way doctors recommend for any child, but particularly for one with a …

Nut warning on General Mills cereals
Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 – 10:18 | Comments Off

This one landed in my Twitter stream just as Boots was diving into a bowl of … Cocoa Puffs: “New peanut flour warning for General Mills cereals.”
Luckily, he’s not the child who’s allergic and Big …

You’re right: This IS nuts
Thursday, 7 May, 2009 – 9:54 | 2 Comments

A Virginia man with food allergies orders a burger then digs in without checking.
He has a reaction, and now he’s filed a whopper of a suit against Burger King, claiming the sandwich made him sick.
The …

You can’t eat that. I’m allergic
Tuesday, 28 Apr, 2009 – 22:54 | Comments Off
You can’t eat that. I’m allergic

Get rid of a few eggs and evict the peanut butter and before you know it a kid thinks he’s king of the cupboard by the time he’s in kindergarten.
Such was the case with Big …

Don’t assume bigger equals safer when it comes to food labels
Tuesday, 17 Mar, 2009 – 23:57 | 3 Comments
Don’t assume bigger equals safer when it comes to food labels

Talk about good evidence but the wrong assumption.
New test results presented this week at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting showed that 2 percent of foods without any type of allergy …

Working with food-allergic families makes good business sense
Sunday, 25 Jan, 2009 – 12:30 | Comments Off
Working with food-allergic families makes good business sense

There is one, and only one, pizza place we go to in town.
We don’t even go there often, because we’ve cut back drastically on eating out. Still, the guys deserve a treat once in a …