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Filtering by Tag: Food Allergy Mom

WALNUT FOOD CHALLENGE

Kathy Thornburg

There are so many things that make Milo an awesome and unique kid. His food allergies are part of his life but not his defining quality. This week he had a very long doctor's appointment for a walnut food challenge. We wanted to share the journey with you!

This was his first experience eating walnuts as we have always avoided them due to positive allergy test results. Over the years as his blood test and skin test results have changed, his allergist felt it would be safe for him to try eating walnuts while under observation at the doctor's office.

This was our first food challenge with this doctor but not our first challenge ever. He also had an egg challenge, which he passed, when we lived in Ohio. For this challenge, we had to track down peanut safe walnuts (not the simplest task). I then washed, dried, ground them down, incorporated a very specific amount into cookie dough, and baked them. He was not allowed to eat when he woke up that morning and only had cookies to eat until lunchtime. It sounds like every kid's dream, but it seemed like quite a chore to him. After two cookies, he started to complain about all the sugar and eventually said no more. Thankfully, he made it through enough doses that the allergist cleared him and said he passed! We are so excited for him and thankful for a smooth and positive experience.

Over the years, his list of allergies has both shrunk (outgrowing wheat, eggs, and walnut) and grown (adding in a slew of environmental allergies). We just keep persevering and doing our best not only to keep him safe and healthy but also to keep him from being solely known for his limitations. He is one super cool kid, and the less we talk about and focus on his allergies- the more everyone in our family thrives. I hope that bringing you along encourages you on your journey- whatever it may be.

The Direction of My YouTube Channel

Kathy Thornburg

Many of you first found me because of food allergies. As my son gets older, I feel the need to give him more privacy online in regards to his food allergies. This subject will still come up here and there but most likely will center around how I handle situations and not how he is handling food allergies. If there ever is content about either of my children on this channel or on my blog, it is never shared without their permission. SO what does that mean for the content you can expect in the future?

Our main focus will fall into the following categories...

  • MARRIAGE
  • MOTHERHOOD
  • MAKING A LIVING (my graphic design business)
  • ME (about me or encouraging you!)

Food allergies will trickle into those videos whenever it comes about naturally but will not be forced into the mix otherwise.

*This post is not sponsored.*

Starting Kindergarten! 504 Meeting Time

Kathy Thornburg

The time has come! When my first child was born, I was already dreading the day he would start Kindergarten. I didn't know about his allergies at the time, but I just wanted those years with him to last as long as possible. To be honest, I just love being with my kids so much that sending them to school for so many hours in a day makes me want to cry.

When we found out our son had severe food allergies, I had another reason to not want this day to come too soon. It is a very personal choice to decide how to educate your child and what works best for them. We tried to be very open to all possibilities and feel like based on his personality and our family life, that a charter school situation would fit him best.

Of course, we believe that what works one year may not always be the best solution. We are looking forward to all that his school has to offer and are very optimistic to how they will handle his severe allergies and potential asthma flares.

Here is a little on the road vlog about our first 504 meeting. Just some thoughts from one food allergy parent to another!

If you would like some resources for how to understand what a 504 plan is, if you need one for your child, and what kinds of things they should include, I would highly recommend the resources linked below...

Explanation of 504 Plans from FAACT

 504 Resources from Kid's with Food Allergies

Thoughts on Nut Free Tables from Peanut Allergy

Helpful Tips from Vivian Stock-Hendel on Nut Free Wok

Our Food Allergy Journey (and 5 tips for those starting out)

Kathy Thornburg

Our son was diagnosed with severe and multiple food allergies at 16 months in the year 2013. Our lives changed in a moment, and we've been on this journey with food allergies ever since. There have been numerous highs and lows along the way,. Through it all, we have remained committed to the very best care for our son.

Community is such an important part of life and a supportive food allergy community is priceless. If you are new to living with food allergies, here are my top 5 tips for those just starting out. I hope this video encourages you as you move forward from a difficult diagnosis.