One day, I walked into a class party organized by my son’s teacher. The sight of brightly colored balloons normally evokes feelings of joy. However, as the mother of a child with a latex allergy, the scene was anxiety-inducing. This anxiety quickly escalated to sheer panic when I discovered my son was having a severe anaphylactic reaction. There he was all alone, desperately gasping for air as the color steadily drained from his face.
Everyone is limping across the finish line to the last day of school or is celebrating the weird end we just celebrated last week. But what happens next year? Are we all going to still be doing Zoom school, working from home balancing it all. As the parent of a cold with a life-threatening disease, the thought of school being completely different again can be terrifying.
So why don’t we ask for help- even when we are crying, alone and desperate?
We are afraid. We’re afraid of appearing vulnerable, weak, and incapable.
It is almost impossible not to have increased stress and anxiety and stress at a time when we are living through a period like no other before. There is literally no playbook.
How much time we spend on the media has a direct effect on our anxiety levels. So when you are consuming media use strategies to be smart about media.
During this season of holiday celebrations, don’t let your food allergy hold you back from finding joy.
‘Tis the season to party! Food is everywhere! There is no need to miss out on the fun and festivities.
It’s time to start planning and enlist your AllerTribe to help keep your allergic child safe this holiday season.
I encourage you to start a tradition that fits with your family that celebrates the holidays in a way that focuses on the season or reason and not just the food.
We talk a lot about inclusive education on this page, but what does that really mean? One of the most common examples I give when speaking with educators is if the public would be outraged by how you are separating a food allergic child if you swapped disabilities with a visible one, such as a child who was using a wheelchair you are doing something wrong.