Alexandria Durrell: Irritated By Allergies

Sep
26
2013

Well, Internet. I think this is the best thing I've read in, oh, ever. Karen Alpert, the witty writer behind the Baby Sideburns blog, has penned this spectacular letter that I would like to just print and distribute or maybe copy/paste (with credit, of course) everywhere.

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Sep
19
2013

Whose Job is it to Protect Students?

Why one mom removed her child from school

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I know, we've talked this topic to death around here, haven't we? And I know you're as sick of it as I am, and I'm a parent of an anaphylactic kid. We got the letter, too. The one that says we can't send any dairy, eggs, or nuts to school in lunches. And as I read it, I looked through my cupboards and fridge at the cheese and cracker snacks, the yogurt, the egg salad ready for tomorrow's sandwich, the cheese strings and granola bars and wondered what the heck I was supposed to pack instead.

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Sep
08
2013

Allergy Advocates Want Auto-Injectors in Restaurants

Extra Protection for Severe Allergy Sufferers

Hamilton, Ontario could become the first city to require restaurants to have auto-injectors at the ready for emergency purposes. For severe allergy sufferers, anaphylaxis poses a life-threatening risk that can often be prevented with the use of epineprhine auto-injectors like EpiPens. There's no guarantee that an EpiPen will stop a reaction, but it's the first line of defense when contact with an allergen has happened, much like automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for heart attack victims.

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Sep
05
2013

Dear Lisa Turner; Thank You for Writing This

One Mom Goes from Anger to Understanding

I saw this circulating the interwebs today, and although it's more than a year old, I wanted to share it with readers here. I can't tell you how much those who suffer from severe allergies, and those who parents kids who suffer, appreciate the rest of the world understanding even just a little about our struggles. It means the world that a parent who doesn't have to manage these challenges wrote this, and if I could hug her, I would. And I'm not a hugger, so that's saying a lot.

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Aug
30
2013

Not only do stories like the following break my heart, they absolutely terrify me. I spend a lot of time speaking with parents of kids with and without severe allergies, trying to bridge the gap of education between us. Parents who don't have an allergic child often really can't seem to comprehend that death is a real threat to some people. People feel we're inconveniencing them because our kids are the reason lunches are a challenge to pack; they think we're overprotective because we've got that allergy paranoia.

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Aug
29
2013
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Did you know that as many as 1.2 million Canadians may be affected by allergies? And many of those reactions are severe, life-threatening ones. Ractions can range from mild skin irritations to anaphylaxis and even death; food allergies are nothing to mess with. If an anaphylactic child is exposed to an allergen, death is a real risk.

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Aug
19
2013

Blue Bear Aware is a Canadian retailer of allergy accessories. From auto-injector carriers to t-shirts, and everything in between, owner Heather McGrath aims to support other parents who, like her, have children with life-threatening allergies.

Allergy accessories are the perfect way for kids to inform the world of their restrictions, and also start taking on some responsibilty of their own, by carrying their own autoinjectors. The selection at Blue Bear Aware is fantastic, and the products are cool, too.

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Aug
15
2013

Traveling with a Food Allergic Kid

(Starts with S and ends with T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L)

We just got back from a road trip to Newfoundland (from the GTA) with my two kids. My son is three-and-a-half and my daughter is nearly seven, and they're veterans of epic road trips. On Sunday, we left my parents' home on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland, drove ten hours across the island to the Port aux Basques ferry, slept on the ferry till we disembarked in North Syndey, Nova Scotia at 2:30am, then drove and drove and drove (and drove) 1900 kilometres home, stopping only for bathroom and food breaks. Two parents, two kids, and a puppy in a Mazda 5.

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Jul
28
2013

Is This the Cure for Allergies?

One single genetic glitch may be to blame

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An article on HealthlineNews today announced that researchers at Johns Hopkins may have narrowed down the root cause of all environmental and food allergies. I don't usually get excited over scientific news, but this gave me goosebumps!

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Jul
22
2013

With allergies, there's often very little time to communicate the risks of exposure, so making others aware of a child's allergies is key! Thankfully, there are tons of really great products on the market to help do just that. I've made a list of my son's favourite options for allergy accessories.

Why not add a little fashion statement to your allergy alerts? 

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Jul
18
2013

Allergy Bullying

Compassion can save lives

Last year I read a story about a child who had been bullied because of his allergies and I felt angry. I mean, kids can be thoughtless, even cruel, but to threaten a peanut-allergic child with peanuts? Really? What kind of monster would do that kind of thing? Turns out, plenty of people.

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Jul
12
2013

10 Tips for Sending Allergic Kids to School

(And Not Totally Freaking Out in the Process)

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I have a secret: I am majorly freaking out about my son heading off to junior kindergarten this September. He will be one of the very youngest in his class, not turning four until December, and he also has severe allergies. As if it wasn't hard enough sending our little ones off to school! The summer countdown feels that much more ominous this year because of the anxiety I'm feeling about sending my allergic child to school.

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Jul
09
2013

Family Sues WWE Over Mom's Death

Who’s to blame when allergies kill?

Who's to blame?

Five years ago, an Indiana woman took her sons to a WWE event and died at the show. According to The Daily Mail, the pyrotechnics during the performance caused Susan Prim to have a fatal asthma attack. Prim was a known asthmatic, and details are scarce in the case, but now her family is suing multiple parties they consider liable for her death, because they feel the show was not safe enough.

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Jul
05
2013

How I Became An Allergy Expert

All Thanks to My Son, who the nurses dubbed THe Baby With the face

Hi, I’m Alexandria, but you can call me Alex. Some of you may know me as @Clippo, or maybe you’ve read my non-blog over at I Don’t Blog. Or maybe you don’t me at all, so that’s why I’m telling you a little bit about myself and why I’m so excited to be writing this allergy blog at YMC.

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