Wednesday, September 02, 2015

So Where Was I?

I started this post a week ago.  New post, take two.

I have no idea where I left off.  Summer blew by in a whirl.  I can't believe the boys are back in school again.

So what did we do?


Swimming, Ocean, Fishing and Crabbing.  Good times, Great memories.

Food Allergy Walk Cleveland:

Little Monkey's 3rd Birthday:

Back to school.  8th grade, 6th grade, and in a few days Preschool 3 (but he's not potty trained.  Shhh... don't tell anyone.  We've tried ALL summer.  He's just not that into it).

Summer went by way too fast.  I'm less than thrilled that school has started again.  That means double the work for mom.  But we are doing great and hanging in there and I *think* Middle Man's asthma is finally under control again.  Only took all summer...  poor kid had a terrible time.

This wonderful computer is broken.  It's been cumbersome to blog so I just haven't done it.  I hope I'll have time to get it fixed in the next few weeks.  I have 1 product review to do and I need to get that up asap.

But for now, that's the update on "How We Spent Our Summer".

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Happy Birthday Middle Man

He turns 11 today!  He's still at camp but we were able to sing happy birthday to him over the phone.  I also sent a safe cupcake to camp so he can celebrate with cake on his birthday.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Boy Scout Camp With Food Allergies

I hope all my U.S. friends had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July.  We pretty much stayed here and just relaxed and had a low key weekend.  It's rare that we get one of those so I was loving it.

Hubs and Middle Man left for a week of Boy Scout camp.  Is it a food allergy friendly camp?  Nope.  Not really.  But we are working with it.

We decided that there is no way Middle Man can go to camp without one of us (and I don't camp).  That pretty much decided that if he were to go that my husband was going to have to go too.  He went two years ago with my older son so he kind of knows the layout and how dining works.

He called there a month ago and spoke with the person in charge of the camp and he put Hubs in touch with the camp chef.  We could tell by the first conversation that they were not that food allergy aware.  He explained to the chef all about Middle Man's allergies, what they were, and how his food would need to be prepared.  The chef just kept saying that they have gluten free food that Middle Man could pick from.  Well, that doesn't work.  He is not Celiac, he's anaphylactic to wheat, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts and also allergic to barley, rye and oat.  Just having food be "gluten free" does not mean that it's safe for him and his food also has to be cooked separate.  So after the initial conversations, we decided that it would be best if he took all our own, safe food.  We put a menu together and I cooked and froze things last week for them to take.  The chef did say that they have a microwave to heat things up in, so if most things were precooked, he should be fine.

The following is the menu we used and Middle Man gave us a lot of input:

Safe cereal
heat and eat breakfast sausage
precooked bacon

lunch meat
Ener-G GF bread
2 packs of Energ-G tapioca hamburger buns
string cheese
Live GF pizza pockets from Aldi

Dinner/Lunch hot meals (sent frozen and to be thawed the day before eating and heat in microwave):

3 prepackaged containers of Cowboy Casserole
3 prepackaged containers of chicken tacos
3 prepackaged containers of The Poorman's meal

Odds and Ends:
Enjoy Life Cookies
Enjoy Life Coco-Loco Bars
A pack of safe hot dogs
An extra pack of shredded cheese
Safe Crackers
GF pretzels
A 20 pack of individual bags of Lays Potato Chips

Then wipes, paper plates, napkins, extra baggies for open boxes of food

We also sent a 5 gallon container of our own water for refilling water bottles.  They supply water in large gatorade containers but we can't be certain of what was in there before.

I think he has a enough food to get him through the week. But if he runs out of anything, there is a Super Walmart near by.

We also sent 3 two packs of Auvi-Q.  Middle Man will carry a set, Hubs will carry a set, and a set will be kept in the infirmary where they are keeping the rest of his daily meds (mostly for asthma) and Middle Man is also carrying his emergency inhaler and Benadryl tabs.  Both Hubs and Middle Man are carrying their Auvi-Q's in a case similar to this one with the water proof bag (1 water proof bag for each Auvi-Q) and there is room for Middle Man's emergency inhaler.

Although there is no way to plan for EVERYTHING, we think we have things under control as much as you can.  We also discussed that if there is any time that things appear not to be safe, they are coming straight home.  But so far so good.  The biggest hiccups were trying to decide how to store the food safely in the freezer (I sent a big box but Hubs left it in his car.  It's taken care of now) and the fact that the camp microwave broke a few days ago.  They had to have the Camp Manager bring his office microwave to the dining hall.

This doesn't mean that I'm not totally nervous.  But Hubs is texting me several times a day with updates and it appears that this is a great learning experience (food allergy wise and responsibility wise) for Middle Man.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hooray For Summer!

I really thought that when school was out that we'd have more time to relax and just enjoy the day.  So far, not so much.

I feel like we've been even busier than when we were in school.

We've had lots of doctor appointments due to Middle Man's asthma being out of control.  Poor kid has been on steroids for weeks now.  This pollen season has really knocked him for a loop.

We've also had several birthday parties.  Only one of which was ours.  Even though Middle Man's birthday isn't until July 9, I had his party last weekend because it was a day when we had no other activities.  Middle Man will actually be at Boy Scout camp on his actual birthday (with dad so dad can cook for his food allergies).

And as an allergy reminder:  One of Middle Man's parties was at an indoor trampoline park that we had not been to before.  I went on their website to check them out and I happened to notice that it said "No Outside Food Allowed".  I called them and they said that due to his allergies, they would mark down that someone from that specific birthday party was bringing in their own food.  I don't always remember to check on these things as we have not encountered much push back on bringing in outside food.  But it's a good reminder to always call or check on line in new situations.  This was a new friend of his too.  And I did not know the mom.  When I got there, I planned on staying if she wasn't comfortable with being trained on the Auvi-Q.  But when we checked in I asked the woman working the front desk if anyone there was trained on food allergies and how to use epinephrine and she said she was.  Her own child has peanut/tree nut allergies and unfortunately she's administered epinephrine before.  So I felt comfortable leaving him there.  Which was good because the Little Monkey was already screaming and throwing fits (I WANT TO JUMP!  I WANT TO JUMP!) 5 minutes after we got there.

And it has rained here so much that we haven't even gotten to the pool or the zoo yet.

We have played lots of baseball though even though we've also had lots of rain outs.  And Older Boy is enjoying the season.  They are actually doing really well this year.  This is the first year that he's been on a team that has won more than they lost in a long, long time.  I think it's been good for his self esteem to actually win for once.

I also signed up both boys for Summer Enrichment. They were not happy about it, but I think it's really good for them.  It's only for an hour one day a week.  I think they'll survive it.

And on a sad note, we lost another teacher a few weeks ago.  She passed away from cancer.  Please say a prayer for her family.  She was only 7 days older than me.

So today it's finally warm and sunny out.  I need to find the Little Monkey's pool and set it up.  He hasn't even used it yet.

Hope everyone is having a safe and fun summer so far!!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Along Came Pollen - Jon Stewart and The Daily Show

This video is hysterical. I was totally cheering on Jon Stewart through this whole video, then Mike Tringale from the AAFA came on and set the record straight. Maybe this really is the worst allergy season ever...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Last Few Days Of The School Year

We are winding down the school year.

All 3 band concerts are done.

The Spring Performance (5-8 grade) is done.

Unfortunately the day of the spring performance, one of Older Boys teachers suddenly passed away.  She wasn't ill and it was very unexpected.  Sunday was the wake and yesterday was the funeral.  Today is their first day back since it happened.  I know they are having a prayer service this morning and then counselors will be in all day to talk to the students if needed. 

The last few days have been very sad.  Older Boy has been very quiet.  We took him to lunch after the funeral to give him some time to decompress or to talk before we brought him home to his crazy brothers.  He's not saying much other than he's "processing".  I told him to please speak to a counselor today if he wants or needs to.  I did not know the teacher very well, but we had been in contact quite a bit this year due to Older Boy have some struggles in school.  The day she passed away, she sent me a very nice email letting us know that Older Boy did very well on his final test and that she was very proud of the improvement and hard effort he's been putting in.  She was a wonderful teacher and I think Older Boy thought very highly of her (as did I).  Please keep that family and our school community in your prayers.

Our Memorial Day weekend was fairly low key.  We did go to a family wedding Saturday night and the Little Monkey stole the show with his dance moves.  That boy loves to dance!  It was buffet style dining so I felt it was just easier and safer to bring safe food for Middle Man.  It just works out so much better that way.  And he's fine with it.  We did leave a bit early because the Little Monkey was starting to melt down and Middle Man's asthma got very bad.  He is struggling so badly this spring with his asthma.

The pollen here is terrible.  Even I'm experiencing horrible allergies and I don't normally have any symptoms.  It's hard because we are stuck in the house all winter due to the extreme cold and now stuck in the house all spring because of pollen.  I've had the air conditioning on because it's just too awful to open the windows. 

I did manage to get some yard work done over the weekend.  We are revamping the garden and I haven't gotten any plants or flowers yet, but most of the flower beds are cleaned up and ready to go.  Next up is mulch. 

We also paid our yearly visit to Thomas the Tank Engine.  The Little Monkey loved it.  I figure we'll see Thomas for a few more years to come.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.  Only 8 more days of school for us until Summer break.  I'm ready.  And I know the boys are too.

This years Thomas picture.  Middle Man wasn't in the picture because his asthma was acting up badly and he had to go lie down in the car.

Double rainbow from yesterday.  The rainbows always appear over that barn.  One day I'm going to sneak over there and check for gold :)
And of course we are glued to the TV watching basketball.  GO CAVS!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

I Love Someone With Food Allergies

A few of the images that I've used on social media this week.  Food Allergy Awareness Week May 10-16 2015

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