I have found in the 3.5 years of our “food allergy journey” that a little victory now and then makes a big difference. We have been lucky to have experienced quite a few little victories, a few examples:
- Having Qantas & Virgin staff being 100% understanding and supportive of our requests re flying our dairy, egg, peanut, treenut allergic daughter. They could not have been more helpful, and we had a safe, slightly less stressful than expected, flight
- Having the Mums at our new playgroup (in mid 2014), offer to change their sandwiches to safe bread & Nuttelex, so Miss J could join in;
- Those same Mums allowing me to make all of the food for the Christmas party (Dec 2015), so I could let Miss J eat anything and not have to watch or segregate her while eating;
- Having a delicious, 100% allergy safe Christmas feast with family, and everyone loving it, while Miss J had free rein to taste whatever she wanted
This past month we have racked up a little victory or two.
The Big Red Chicken – Little Victory #1!
After lots of research, speaking to other Mums of kids with food allergies, calling the company and speaking to the in-store staff, we tried Miss J (dairy, egg, peanut, treenut, kiwifruit allergies) on Red Rooster chicken. And happy to report that she ate the breast meat, without skin or stuffing, and was 100% A-OK with it, yayy!!
So Red Rooster might not be a big deal for most, but for us it means a lot. We drive from Warrnambool in South West Victoria to Sydney around once a year, to visit hubby’s family. On those drives we virtually take our kitchen with us, pots, pans, tongs, knives, forks, etc. We use them at hubbys parents house, it just takes that risk of cross contamination out of the equation. But what we also had been doing was unloading it at the motel we stayed at on the way north (the trip is around 1300km, we stop just over the Vic/NSW border for the night).
Last trip I was microwaving vegetables and trying to reheat cooked chicken & pasta without destroying it. Luckily Miss J is a great eater, so she didn’t complain, I know I certainly wouldn’t have been happy with it!
So from now, as long as there is a Red Rooster close by, we will be able to buy a chook, and have chicken rolls or chicken salad for dinner, without having to unload the “car kitchen”!
Yay little victory #1
Kinder – Month 1 Done & Dusted – Little Victory #2!
We are now a month in, and I am extremely happy to report that Miss J absolutely loves Kinder, she is so excited to go to each of her sessions (2 x 3hour sessions per week). She loves telling us all about what she has done, until she’s no longer into talking and everything is “soooo boring”, threenager deluxe!
I have gotten over my initial anxiety, and after spending the first session sitting in our car in the Kinder carpark, I have felt comfortable and confident enough to venture home or into town to get some to-dos done. I haven’t had one call from the staff, and whenever I have asked they have said that she has been great, settling in well, mixing with kids, no issues, and no allergy incidents.
I left the cupcakes with Miss J’s teacher on Tuesday morning, and when I was leaving Kinder I noticed another Mum arriving, with a cupcake carrier full of cupcakes! In that instant I went from feeling quite happy with myself, to instant anxiety about the “non safe” cupcakes arriving.
I had planned to go to the gym for a quick exercise session, but instead I spent the next hour sitting in the car in the Kinder carpark! I know it’s ridiculous, and after I convinced myself I was being silly I drove home (about 5 mins from Kinder) and got on with some chores, with my phone in my pocket.
I was there to pick up Miss J at 1145 on the dot, she was as happy as a lark, as usual, and was excitedly telling me that her “rainbow cupcake” was delicious.
I spoke to her teachers and they were so relaxed about it. They said that the cupcakes had been eaten after fruit snack, all the kids had washed up afterwards, and there hadn’t been an issue, not even a welt on Miss J. Yay, victory!
Again it’s a small thing to most, your child eating a cupcake at Kinder, but to me, it was a little, no, a massive victory. Miss J ate her “safe cupcake” sitting next to kids eating unknown cakes, I would assume they contained dairy and eggs.
Little victory #2
And Going Forward
After a couple of months, Oct – Jan, where Miss J failed two oral food challenges (baked dairy & baked egg) and being told by our allergist that she is less likely to grow out of her allergies in the near future, we really needed a little victory or two. Looking forward to the next ones!
Have you had a little victory recently on your food allergy “journey”?
Till next time,
Mel – ThisHappyMumma
Note – this is not a sponsored post, we paid for the Red Rooster chicken and apart from discussions re allergen content in their food, I have not been in contact with them