What seems like a healthy snack to most is my worst nightmare. My sweet toddler is highly allergic to milk and eggs. She breaks out in hives and her eyes swell if she even touches or ingests anything milk derived. The sippy cup full of milk a child is drinking in our art class or that bag full of Goldfish are seemingly so innocent… but not for us.
This is my life. Keeping SG safe is part of my daily life when we leave our house. Inside our house, we have no dairy and egg products. None. That makes cooking an adventure, but it’s not as hard as you think. It keeps her safe and that’s what matters. Besides, we actually eat healthier because of it. I have to make and bake most of our food.
Recently, I was stressed to the max because there were cheese crackers being eaten in a class where the kids are all jumping around and using shared equipment. By the way, this is an actual class led by a teacher- not play time or snack time. And there’s a sign on the door that says “No Food or Drinks.” Thank goodness my friend was there and is an extra set of eyes and is always on high alert. She warned me and I kindly asked the sweet mom to put the offending food away, which was lying on the floor in an open bag. I explained and she totally understood. I know people don’t know. I understand that. But the result was SG couldn’t participate in the rest of the class because several kids had eaten some and their hands had touched the equipment.
What’s a mom to do? We can’t live in a bubble. We don’t expect the world to change for us. But we should be able to sign up for a toddler class and be safe. I always feel so stressed when these things happen. I want to break down and cry, honestly. The life of a food allergy family is NOT easy. It’s even harder when the child is two and does not understand that she cannot eat what everybody else is eating or why mommy won’t let her touch certain things. I carry an EpiPen on me at all times and pray I never have to use it and then race to the emergency room.
“Cast your cares on the LORD, and he will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22
Lord, some days I need you to completely carry me. Hold me close and help me to be the best mom I can be. Help me to protect my baby and keep her safe.
I’m praying she grows out of these allergies.
“Oh LORD, my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” Psalm 30:2
Please Lord, heal my child.
This little mama will remain on high alert, to keep my precious child alive and safe.
Thanks for listening and understanding, my friend.