It's been an awfully quiet few weeks around here at Casa Peanut Free.
No strange products found.
No stupidity from friends and family.
So what's a Peanut Free Mama to write about?
First off, if you are in the Bay Area, please join the SF Food Allergy group that is meeting this Friday (April 4th) at 10 am at the Starbucks on Laurel Ave. in San Carlos. Connie and I are lots of fun to hang out with (really, I'm not just saying that :->).
Second, I thought I should write about our lives on a normal day. On a day when we're not fighting the fight, so to speak. Many blogs that focus on food allergies tend to highlight so much of the negative involved in managing a food allergy.
But you know what?
Most days, and weeks (and now we're going on months) things are just fine.
We wake up. We eat breakfast. We go to school (and work). And there are no calls. No hives. No swelling. No nothing. We go home. We eat dinner. We go to sleep.
Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
Ultimately, this doesn't take over our lives as much as it did in the past. At the beginning, so much of what you read about peanut allergies is what you have to say no to, and what will be hard for you. But in reality, it is just a small slice of your life.
The biggest thing to remember is that eating peanut free (or tree nut free or dairy free, etc.) just becomes part of your fabric. You adapt. And you live. If you let it make you crazy, it will. Sure, you can't wish away the allergy, but you can choose how you react to it. You find a peanut safe airline, you find foods your child CAN eat, you find restaurants in which you feel comfortable, and you find caregivers (hopefully) that understand.
Please remember that (especially those who are new to all of this). It gets better. It REALLY does. Sure we face challenges from time to time - you need only read back a few posts on this blog I'm sure - but being peanut free is just part of our lives now.
But it certainly isn't the identifier. I don't want Bella to ever be known as the peanut allergy girl. Just as Bella. And, oh-by-the-way she has a peanut allergy.
OK, back to what you were doing. Have a good Wednesday everyone.