Did you know September is National School Success Month?
Webster’s dictionary has three definitions of success: the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame. The correct or desired result of an attempt. Someone or something that is successful: a person or thing that succeeds. However, all of these seem very limiting to our team here. Having food allergies at school sometimes requires broadening your definition of success.
When you live with a food allergy or are a parent or teacher who is responsible for children who have a food allergy(ies), mistakes happen. If that child has an allergic reaction, can there be a success at that moment?
We would argue, yes! Just this past month, our Founder’s son had an accidental exposure to latex at a friend’s home and went into anaphylactic shock. Thankfully, he was promptly given his epinephrine auto-injector, and 911 was called, then the mom called Leah and her husband.
While we all hope and pray that our child will never ever have an allergic reaction the reality is that there are 203,000 visits to the emergency room for food-related allergic reactions each year, or one every three minutes, in the United States.
When I asked Leah what she felt was successful about her son’s reaction, her response was; “everything!” He told his friend’s mom he didn’t feel right, she checked the symptoms poster we had given her, gave him his epinephrine auto-injector right away, and called 911. Once she was confident the ambulance was on the way she then called us.
While food allergic reactions are scary, planning for them is your best defense! We are happy to report that after a few more medications and six hours of observation in the emergency department one of our favorite little food allergy warrior was able to go home and back to school a day later.
Share with us a hidden success!