1. The Epi Pen: We don't leave home without it (and we have 2 at home). It is The Little Mans lifeline in case of a severe reaction. We've only used it once and I pray we never have to use it again, but I'm thankful that it is there.
2. Our Doctors: We are lucky. Our Pediatrician and our Pediatric Allergist work together and keep The Little Man's best interest in mind.
3. Our family and friends: They are a support network and help keep me sane.
4. Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network: Thank God that FAAN is there. I don't know what I would have done when The Little Man was first diagnosed with food allergies. I was lost and scared and FAAN is an organization dedicated to food allergies and they have many tools that helped me get a grip on this and taught me how to deal with it the right way.
5. The BabyCenter Food Allergy Board: What a fantastic group of ladies (and a few guys) that give good advice or a shoulder to lean on
6. The Mustard Seed Market, Wild Oat and the organic/health food section of our grocery store: I may have to shop at 4 different places to get what I need, but it's there. And for that I am thankful. And if I can't find it there....
7. I can find it at: Allergy Grocer, Gluten Free Mall, Gluten Free Pantry.
8. The Internet: I use it as a tool for research and to contact food manufacturers regarding ingredients in their products or possible cross contamination with their products.
9. The Parents Guide To Food Allergies by Marianne Barber - This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a child with food allergies.
10. Cooking Free by Carol Fenster, Great Foods Without Worry by Cindy Moseley, and The Child Friendly Food Allergy Cookbook by Leslie Hammond and Lynn Marie Rominger: Although I'm sure that there are other wonderful cookbooks out there, these are mine and they have saved me. I am thankful for all three.
11. His Medic Alert Braclet: Since The Little Man is only 2 and can't communicate the fact he has food allergies, this braclet does it for him. If I'm ever incapacitated and can't communicate for him, I know that his needs will still be met. The braclet lists all of his allergies and a number to call for all of his emergency contact information. If he ever gets lost or seperated from us, people will know not to feed him certain things. What is the first thing people do to comfort a child??? Give him candy or a cookie and that would set The Little Man off into having a severe reaction.
12. My older son. He's a blessing by himself, but he's also one of his brothers biggest advocates. He tells everyone not to feed his brother because he has food allergies. He also knows that we don't allow playdough at our house (it's made with wheat) and told his teacher that he could not accept it as a gift.
13. The Little Man himself: What a blessing he is and I know that God gave him to us because although sometimes we find his allergies difficult to deal with, we can take care of him and keep him safe.
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