Tuesday, September 9, 2008

allergy kid

Embry is unfortunately going to be 'labeled' an allergy kid his whole life. This is something I think about a lot. Sure I worry about the dangers that come along with food allergies and I try to avoid the eggs, peanuts and oats. No peanuts in the house anymore. It's sunbutter sandwiches instead of pb&js... that took some convincing Hayes. I can't remember the last time I bought eggs. We have our list of restaurants where we can eat. Go figure that Chick-fila is out of the picture and McDonald's is one of the best places for him to eat. I am getting better about having the epi-pen with us wherever we go. I pray we never have to use it.

But I can't help thinking about the emotional side of it... him feeling left out. You know, the little kid at the peanut-free table at school or a birthday party or wherever. Everyone else is having a cupcake or cookie while he has a safe snack from home. Embry does have this amazing spirit however. Maybe these worries that I have won't even cross his mind. I hope Kyle and I can teach him to be confident in who he is and not let his allergies define him.

His mother's day out this year is peanut-free. woo! hoo! His teachers are great and seem very cautious. So I don't have any concerns there. Public schools seem to be making steps towards keeping allergy kids safe. Maybe all schools will eventually be peanut-free by the time he gets there. A mommy can only hope.

5 tellin' me what I want to hear!:

Melisa said...

I saw an MSN article about moms who were pushing for peanut free schools and how there was a huge backlash by a bunch of other moms against going peanut free over it. It can be a touchy thing!

You're an awesome mom and will do great with him, I'm sure.

Trisha said...

Yeah, I bet the moms fighting to keep it would feel differently if it was their kid with life-threating reactions to peanuts!

Dion said...

You are an awesome mom, so I have COMPLETE faith that he will be well adjusted and not let the allergy label be what he is.

Jeral Boyer said...

Sweetie, you hang on in there, you are an awesome Mom. We soooo admire you & Kyle. You go, girl!!!

Nana said...

Huston Center is an almost peanut free school (except for kids bringing lunches)since we have a severe peanut allergy student. All kids who bring their lunches sit at a separate table which works out fine since they aren't in the lunch line. The parents have been very happy with how the schools have cooperated here in Blackwell. I think this student is an amazing kid also and he doesn't seem to be much different. We also have a little girl who has an epi pen for bee stings. I always think of Kyle's aunt Kathy who defied all odds!

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