The Food Allergy Chronicles is happy to announce it’s 1st Anniversary Milestone!
I can hardly believe that a year has gone by since my best friend, Michelle and I, first discussed starting a blog of my family’s journey with multiple food allergies, eczema and asthma.
What a journey it has been!
I want to thank all my friends and family for their support, everyone who has signed on as a subscriber and all those that have left comments…it feels great to know I am not alone in this adventure of a lifetime!
Our journey started off rather bumpy…multiple food allergies, eczema and asthma combined with sleep deprivation, lack of information and lack of support…creating many challenges for our family. Yet, here we are today! We are surviving!
Would you like to know the secret?
A word of wisdom, from my mother, that still rings in my ear today…”This too shall pass.”
The hope that, ‘this too shall pass’ was my mantra. It got me through the many times I faced battling Michael’s eczema…the sleepness nights, his painful cries, the endless bathing and creaming, the infections, the countless visits to various doctors, changing bloody bed sheets, washing bloody bed sheets, and the endless vacuuming and dusting of dust mites.
Hope was there for me when I struggled with all Michael’s multiple food allergies (dairy, egg, beef, fish, seafood, sesame, peanut/tree nuts, mustard and raspberries). The hope that one day he may outgrow them…by the way, we are still hoping!
Until that time, I have dedicated myself to ‘using what I know to solve that which I do not know’ in my cooking and baking…basically, finding substitutions to create tasty meals and treats to satisfy Michael’s growing appetite for food!
Hope is ever lingering…even at my lowest, I would search for that ‘glimmer of hope.’ It might have taken a few days of despair but hope would eventually turn up…‘recharging my batteries’!
My hope with The Food Allergy Chronicles, is to pass on a ‘glimmer of hope’ to families that are struggling with multiple food allergies, eczema and asthma, who feel lost, alone and unsure of the future. I hope our journey inspires other families to embrace all that they have…‘use what you know to help solve that which you don’t know.’
I know, easier said than done…but one needs to start somewhere!
Speaking of hope…our family is currently searching for a ‘glimmer of hope’ as we face yet another challenge.
X-rays have revealed that I have severe degenerative changes in my C5-6 and C6-7 discs causing numbness in my left hand fingers. I have a significant compression at the T11 vertebral segment (50% volume lost)! Apparently, I have older lesser compressions at T9 and T10!
I have since had a bone density test…negative for osteoporosis. I am currently waiting for my results for my total body bone scan and an appointment for an MRI.
In the meantime, I have been rendered useless!
I am not able to carry or lift anything…my movements are limited. Vacuuming, washing the floors, carrying the laundry basket, pushing a grocery cart, carrying grocery bags, opening the dishwasher, bending to empty the dishwasher, filling the kettle with water, carrying pots are all off-limits. Just sitting here and typing this post puts a strain on my neck!
Currently, I am hoping for some answers, pain relief and a positive outlook! In the meantime, I am cherishing the positive outcomes of this unexpected turn of events!
My ‘knights in shining armor’ have come to my rescue! Andy and the boys have really ‘stepped up to the plate’!
Everyone is becoming more actively involved within the household …with little to no complaints. For example, the boys empty the dishwasher, laundry baskets are brought to and fro, the recycling is taken out to the garage, dishes are put away into the dishwasher…all without a ‘peep’ when I need to remind them. I have also been accompanied to the grocery store where someone pushes the cart for me, retrieves heavy items from the shelves, packs up the groceries, carries them to the house, where they are unloaded and put away. My ‘knights are taking my breath away!’ lol
Michael has also become quite creative in the kitchen! One lunch had him boiling up little potatoes while he sautéed chopped onions and mushrooms. He then added the sliced potatoes to brown alongside the onions and mushrooms. Just at the end, he sprinkled in a little Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds to melt. As he gobbled up his meal, he realized that he could have added the ham he was eating or added some bacon to his concoction…next time!
Needless to say, discovering all my back and neck issues the week before heading up to the rented cottage was a little anticlimactic. Turns out, the week away was the best thing for me!
I hope to post our experience at our rented cottage and the allergy friendly meals we all enjoyed (Michael celebrated his 16th birthday midway through the week)…hopefully by Monday.
Thank you again for a year’s worth of stopping by at The Food Allergy Chronicles!