Saturday, April 03, 2010

Allergies

Until we had a child with food allergies, I rarely gave it much thought. When one of our children did develop some rather severe allergies (milk, eggs, nuts), I figured the hardest part would be learning the ropes, avoiding what he can't eat and finding a decent variety of foods he can. The first year or so was rough, but I think the hardest part has been lately. Sammy has been struggling with his allergies lately. Why him, he wants to know. He has asked me several times lately why he had to be born with allergies, and he even asked once if we could pray that Jesus would take the allergies away. I try to explain that there are a lot of worse things a person can be born with, but he is only six, and six year olds are a bit limited on their philosophical scope. I think the main problem is that he feels singled out.

So, anyway, you can see why this is a difficult thing for him and us. Today, after a particularly rough morning and some tears about his allergies, it occurred to me that what he needs is a support group! To know that he is (by far) not alone. While there isn't exactly one around here, we did find this video on youtube and it seemed to really help. I even heard him telling his brothers later that he is one of the millions of kids with allergies.

7 Comments:

Blogger Jamie said...

Aaaahhhh I can't imagine what Sam or other kiddos have to go through...that would be so tough! And yet it seems so common these days, too.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

It is always such a big help to know you're not alone!! I'm glad you found a video that helped, and hopefully some day he'll have a friend with allergies and they can hang out together and commiserate.

If his allergies continue into adulthood, he'll find (as I do) that social events (which always revolve around food) are a big challenge. However, people are getting more sensitive to allergies. AND, stores like Meijers have SO much more allergy friendly food than they used to! I really like places like Whole Foods that have aisles and aisles of food I can eat though.

Perhaps Sammy will become a great chef! Everyone will want to come eat at his place, and if he's clever with it, people will never know they are eating foods with less typical ingredients. :-)

9:59 PM  
Blogger DDK23 said...

awww that has to be so rough! Poor little guy. Hopefully he will find more support soon. He is definitely not alone.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Genevieve said...

poor kid! do they think there's a chance he will outgrow them?

6:19 PM  
Blogger Amie said...

Many children do outgrow allergies, however judging by the severity of his and the fact that he hasn't yet (most do by 3-5 years)the chances that he will are not very good. But we still hope.

3:09 PM  
Blogger camilynn said...

Hi,

You have a nice blog. I just thought of mentioning about this website www.dustmitesallergies.org. They seem to offer specialized advice of dust mite allergy.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Risa said...

Thanks for posting that Amie! Luke feels the same way and he will be 10 in Aug. His allergies aren't severe but have the potential if we just ignore it and hope it goes away. We had him retested a couple of months ago and found that it's not just cows milk but he's developed soy, peanut, and wheat allergies as well! He cried. We were REALLY hoping that he had outgrown what he had, not developed new! He liked the video though! :)

One good thing that I've noticed though is that both him and his sister have started reading labels in the grocery store with me and often ask me what such and such is - usually those HUGE words that I can't even pronounce - and then ask why the put it in there if nobody really knows what it is...it really makes you more aware of what we eat - and them too! I'd LOVE to go all Organic but it's far too expensive so Luke usually gets the good stuff and the rest of us have to do without! LOL

10:01 AM  

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