Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The same goes for doctors. You may have one doctor that gives you one Emergency Action Plan and another doctor that devises a completely different plan depending on their opinion on how an allergic reaction needs to be handled. Our pediatrician and our allergist are ALMOST on the same page, but not quite. It really makes things confusing for the parents who don't have a medical degree (but now feel like they do after dealing with food allergies). Throw another allergist in the mix and you'll have a completely different action plan and your head will be spinning and your stress level and confusion will reach the maximum level.
Hopefully the last sentence of the press release is correct. "This set of studies will help increase knowledge around food allergy in three very important groups to improve the health and lives of children and families with food allergy".
I for one would LOVE to at least have our doctors working together and on the same page. They work together, but I get the feeling they truly don't "trust" each other.
And as for the general public, I think it's like anything else. Selfish people will always be selfish, no matter how much you educate them and try to make them understand. They just won't "get it". Because they don't want to.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Cadbury Chocolate affected by tainted Chinese milk.
Tainted Chinese milk hits global market.
Better look for the "made in the USA" label on your milk.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
No, I'm not in Australia. But I've been there and it's a beautiful country with wonderful, friendly people.
No, tonight we went "Outback". All of us. ALL 4 of us. And that included the Little Man. We love Outback. I know, I know, it's not gourmet but the food is good and the Little Man can eat safely. This is the second time we ate there (we ate at Outback on our trip to Disney) and even though I know there is only 1 thing on the menu safe for the Little Man, I still whip out my Chef Card and ask what is safe that the Little Man can have. The manager confirmed that on the Joey Menu he could have the Joey Sirloin (minus the seasoning) and steamed veggie (minus the butter) (and there is a Gluten Free Menu for those that only need to avoid Gluten).
So we had a wonderful dinner. OK, the Little Man is 4 so it wasn't without issue (he was hungry and didn't want to wait for the food, his stomach hurt, he didn't want to eat, he was tired and didn't get a nap because before this Mommy spent 2 hours shopping for jeans....) but he did eat safely and that was the MAIN goal.
So THANK YOU Outback Steakhouse for a delicious and safe meal (I had the Ahi Tuna ----YUM!)! Maybe now we can go out to eat more often and feel relatively safe taking the Little Man out to dinner.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thanks for the higher stress level, Santa :)
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Do you think we liked it? Yes, we did. And the bonus is that it's safe for the Little Man's allergies (wheat, rye, barley, oat, egg, milk, peanut, and tree nut). So even though he isn't eating it, we aren't contaminating our grill.
I have to place an order for more Country Bobs Spicy All Purpose Sauce in the near future and when I do look for a give-a-way. This is just too good to keep to ourselves.
Thanks Country Bobs!!
Edited to add: For a free coupon for Country Bob's go here.
And to find a store near you that carries Country Bob's go here. Happy BBQ'ing!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
So I dropped LM off at school and headed to the Children's Resale shop to unload my baby/kid items. Now, NUMEROUS people have warned me that they are really picky about what they will and will not take and even if you had a genuine Prada childs dress, they would still give you 50 cents for it. But my stuff was AWESOME so I was sure I'd be fine. I WAS WRONG. VERY VERY WRONG. These "ladies" whipped through my things, rejecting most of it and taking things only from the Children's Place, or Ralph Lauren (Hi, I'm a Kmart shopper. They didn't want THAT junk even though it was only worn 1 time). So I came in with 4 over flowing bins of clothing, coats, shoes, boots and 2 strollers (one of them being the BRAND NEW Graco Duo Glider that cost $150.00) and I left there with 2 bins of clothing and one stroller and $64.00. Yes, they gave me $64.00 for my double stroller, clothes, shoes and boots (they took all of those because they were all from Stride Rite), and 6 coats with snow pants. It wasn't worth my time for $64.00. They gave me $20.00 for my pristine double stroller when there was one outside that clearly some child has thrown up in for sale for $80.00.
Well, live and learn.
So angrily I've vowed that from now on we only donate. And I promptly drove home and picked up the other 2 giant garbage bags of clothing that I had (I knew for sure they wouldn't take that stuff) and headed to the St. Vincent de Paul "shed" at Older Boys school to donate all of it. Unfortunately when I got there the shed was FULL. Man people donate a lot of stuff and not all of it good. There were some things in there that I couldn't identify. So totally frustrated that I couldn't even DONATE my things, I promptly drove to our local Volunteers of America. I just unloaded my 5 giant garbage bags (the industrial size so I got a nice work out) of kids clothing, one Even Flo Stroller, one Fisher Price rocker, and one Snap and Go stroller. I got a nod from a guy that may or may not have been sober and I was on my way. From now on, Volunteers of America will be my first stop.
And I was off....shopping. Hubs and I have a "work thing" next weekend and I need 2 dresses for dinner. The dinner may be fancy or it may be casual. Your guess is as good as mine. But I needed dresses. So I went to my favorite place: The Ann Taylor Loft and found oodles of stuff for fall, but no dresses (did I mention the "work thing" is in Florida? I need SUMMER dresses and now it's fall....). So I held strong and walked past all the cute fall clothing (but I will be back) and headed over the Liz Claiborne outlet. NOTHING. Darn. So I decided to try the Talbots Outlet and CHA CHING, I hit the jack pot. Everything was 50% off. I found 2 really cute dresses that make me look like Donna Reed. Both were around $50 dollars which was more than I wanted to spend (of course the tag said they were originally $149.00), and I needed a white cardigan to go with one of them in case I get cool but I'm running out of time and I totally loved them so I said "What the heck, I just made $64.00" and went for it. The lady rung me up and said "$64.58" and I thought "She must have said $164.58 because each dress was around/over $50.00 and the sweater was $29.99". But no, at the Talbots outlet, it's 50% off the lowest price marked. HELLO, I JUST FOUND MY NEW FAVORITE STORE. I still need to shoe shop, but I'm sure that will be future post that you all just can't wait to read (sarcasm here).
So I left there, picked up the Little Man at his play date and... What the heck is he wearing (here's the other thing I forgot)? He's wearing some really strange "hoops" shorts and telling me "Mommy, I have new underwear". Apparently there was an "accident" at school and they gave him some clothing because HIS MOTHER forgot to pack the "emergency clothing" that they keep at school. Darn. BAD MOMMY AGAIN. I'm sure I'm the talk of the school.
His play date was good, the mom looked glad to see him go, and we headed home to wait for Older Boy. We did his homework, I gave the kids dinner and off we went to soccer practice. Hubs is in Wisconsin (But coming home tonight, so robbers don't get any ideas) so he's no help. I sat through an excruciating soccer practice and now we're home post-baths and here I am with my glass of wine. Oh, and how do I feel you may wonder (from Monday's Plague post)? Not good. But I'm alive and even though I got the shaft on my baby items, I got one heck of deal on those dresses so I'm a happy camper. And it's bed time for the kids so I'm an even happier camper.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sitting behind the tractor waiting to be pulled to the orchard
Getting a lesson on how trees grow apples (I learned a few things here myself)
The big, messy sand box filled the tractors
In the playhouse
Oh look! A corn maze
I think we get out this way
Trying to eat apples without using hands
And we bought a ton of apples to bring home! This trip wiped me out. I need to lay down now. And I signed myself up for something fun tonight, but I have a feeling I'll be too tired and achy for it to be fun and worth the money.
Friday, September 19, 2008
And do I feel better? Yes I do. Shopping therapy is a good thing.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The evil Illuminating Co. keeps messing with us. They giveth the power then they take it away (usually while I have laundry in progress - Underwear are flying in the breeze in my back yard).
It came back but for how long, I don't know.
So here's what they told us:
We have bad switches. We only get power on a fluke when they are turning on someone elses power and we get shut off again as soon as they notice it because we aren't safe to have power (right now I feel powerless, let me tell you). So we are not supposed to REALLY have power until Sunday.
But it's back. For now. So I hopped on line to quickly pay a bill that was due today and to post about all this because I AM HOT! Hubs had to talk me off the ledge today because honestly, Ike - the REAL Ike - didn't come here. So I'm sorry but all of this " you can't have power" is a bunch of B.S. and really shows how bad the infrastructure of our lovely state is. The Illuminating Co is a big J.O.K.E. and I'm sorry that I have to give them my money every month.
If I could build a giant windmill in my backyard and make my own electricity I would. And I'd tell the Illuminating Co were they could put their switches. But the windmill is against the by laws of our neighborhood (and I'm engineering-ly challenged anyway) so I'm stuck. And technically my clothes line is against the by laws too so I DARE SOMEONE TO COME OVER HERE AND TELL ME TO TAKE IT DOWN. They'll feel the full wrath that I'd like to give to the Illuminating Co but can't (and get a face full of Sponge Bob underwear). Not that they'd care. When you call there they act like you're bothering them.
Ok, I'm done now. And I'll be back when we get "good" switches. Could be Sunday. Could be never.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Remnants of Ike rolling in
Hubs saving the picnic table
More clouds with debris (the brown streaks)
It's getting worse
The froggy didn't want to be outside either. He was trying to get in
Half the tree survived
Bored children playing with gluten free play dough
Knocked down sunflowers
Washing clothes via generator
Making our own power
Here's the T.V. we watched. Could it get any smaller?
Natures clothes dryer
We were very lucky in our neighborhood. There wasn't much property damage here. But else where it was a different story. The only thing that we lost were my sunflowers, a dead tree in the woods (But we loved that tree. It was gnarly and predatory birds loved to roost in it. I'll miss that tree}, and one wine glass. So I'd say we were very blessed. I have to tell you though, all that time with only sparse power, no T.V. and no computer wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I didn't realize how "plugged in" we were. Luckily I could check e-mail and all my favorite blogs from my phone. I would have been lost without that phone.
So today is clean up day. I need to put away all the flash lights, extension cords and I have giant mound of laundry to do.
We only experienced about a third of what Ike really was. I can't imagine what Texas has gone through. My thoughts and prayers are with the people in the state of Texas and anyone that got the full force of Ike. Our little wind storm made me very thankful that we live on the North Coast.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Two times yesterday the Little Man's Medic Alert bracelet brought up the topic of food allergies. Once was at his gym. Another mother noticed it and asked me if he was allergic to peanuts. I said yes, along wheat, rye, barley, oat, egg, milk, and tree nuts (to which everyone goes "OOOO that's too bad" but really we are used to it. It's a way of life for him). It turns out her daughter is anaphylactic to shell fish and dyes and her son is intolerant to eggs. Other food allergy moms spot the bracelet right away. Then we start comparing notes and allergies and we instantly become members of a club. A club that no one wants to be a part of. A club that you pray that you can quit or say "No thank you, I'd like to turn in my card please", but at the same time this club lets you feel a sense of relief when you find someone else that understands how scared you feel or the things that you go through to keep your child safe.
But I forget it's there. He's worn it for so long, over 3 years now, that's it's almost like it's a part of him. Sometimes the sun will hit it just right making it shine extra bright and I'll think "What's that?" but I remember it's the bracelet and it does make me sad. Or sometimes while giving him a bath I notice that it's caked with pizza so I make sure I wash it really well so it's easy to read...just in case.
The second person to comment on it was at the discount store. Turns out that she is another food allergy mom with a son that is anaphylactic to peanuts. Again we compared notes and allergies. She apologized for stopping me but said she wanted to know how we got him to wear it without a fight. We were lucky. He was young (just a year old) and didn't really fight it. We told him it was his "Super Snake Boy" bracelet and he liked being a super hero and he never really complained. Her son is in Kindergarten so he may be harder to appease and I don't think "Super Snake Boy" will work for him. We also discussed how her other child is gluten intolerant and how expensive it is to eat gluten free. We were both at the store to pick up some heavily discounted gluten free Bob's Redmill flours. Gluten Free Mommies know how to find a good deal. But not always. My grocery bills are ENORMOUS and no matter what I do I can't shave them down. It's pricey to eat allergen free and to try and eat healthier.
So that was the second member of the club I met today.
I get the feeling that the club is growing. More and more places I go and the more people I meet the more people have a food allergy or intolerance and I find that incredibly scary.
I'd hoped that with all the precautions that people are taking and all the food education that is going on that our club would be shrinking. In spite of the fact that it appears to be growing, I pray that one day the club can be disbanded. But for right now, I'm still looking for a way to return my card and resign.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sibling rivalry runs rampant at our house. The boys fight over everything. If one boy has something, even if it's trivial, the other boys wants it. They fight over toys, T.V., computer time, Mom and Dad's attention, advertising magazines that come in the mail, etc. Some days it really drives me crazy. Their Dad and I aren't sure how to put an end to it, or if we even can put an end to it.
It's gotten so bad that a few weeks ago while waiting in line at the drug store they were looking at some promotional dolls for Mucinex. They were in the display case and there was "Mr. Mucus", "Mrs. Mucus" decked out in a white wedding dress, and "Little Kid Mucus". They started discussing the dolls and saying that one was Daddy, one was Mommy (thanks, but I'll pass on being mucus), and then it started. They started fighting over who was going to be "Little Kid Mucus". It started kind of low key and I tried to diffuse it, but after a few more minutes of waiting it really started to escalate. Of course at this point more people joined us in the waiting area. Right before the full smack down began, I grabbed them both by the arm and tried to quietly whisper "Stop this! You are fighting over mucus"! To which they replied "What's that"? "BOOGERS!" I whispered as quietly but as forcefully as I could and I could see the AARP crowd behind me, some smiling but some looking at me like I needed to attend "Mothering 101". Older Boy looked at me like I was lying, but I gave him the mom face of "I'm not kidding" and he backed down. He looked at the Little Man and said "Uh, you win. You can be the small one". To which the Little Man replied "YES"! And proceeded to do a victory booty dance around the drugstore waiting area. I guess when you're 4 it doesn't matter that what you won was that you get to be the mucus, it just matters that you won.
If these two are going to come to blows over things like this at 4 and 6 years old, I hate to see what we are going to be breaking up fights over in years to come. But I know one thing for sure, I better start trying to diffuse this rivalry now, or we are going to have huge problems in the future.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Enjoy Life® Foods CEO Presents Comments to USDA on National School Lunch Program
Urges federally assisted meal program accommodate children with Celiac Disease, food allergies and other special dietary needs
CHICAGO, September 10, 2008 – At the invitation of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Scott Mandell, CEO, President and Co-Founder of Enjoy Life Foods, the country’s leading manufacturer of allergy-friendly and gluten-free foods, provided comments on the National School Lunch Program saying that children with special dietary needs due to Celiac Disease, food allergies and other health concerns are not accommodated under the current program.
Today’s meeting, held by the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA, was a Request for Public Comments for Use in Preparing for 2009 Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs, which includes the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program; and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which support nutritious meals and snacks served to children in schools, child care institutions and afterschool care programs.
Speaking on behalf of the American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) and Enjoy Life Foods, Mandell said, “On behalf of the children, their parents and caregivers that are currently excluded from receiving program benefits, I strongly urge the USDA to make the necessary changes to the National School Lunch Program to ensure that ALL eligible students can benefit from this important, federally assisted meal program.”
Mandell supported his comments by citing the growing number of children affected by Celiac Disease, food allergies, food intolerances and autism:
Celiac Disease, is the world’s most common genetic auto-immune disease, and is estimated to affect at least 1% of the population[i]. At this time, the only known treatment for Celiac Disease is strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life (gluten is the protein that is found in wheat, barely and rye).
Food allergies are estimated to affect 6 to 8% of children and 3 to 4% of adults[ii], and diagnoses are on the rise. For the over 12 million Americans with food allergies, symptoms can range from mild (such as gastrointestinal discomfort) to life threatening (due to anaphylactic shock).
Another 30 million Americans have food intolerances[iii] that cause them to avoid certain foods.
And finally, one in 150 children is affected by autism[iv] which can be effectively managed in some cases by following a diet free of gluten and casein (the protein found in dairy).
Carol McCarthy Shilson, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and ACDA member, also provided comments on behalf of Stefano Guandalini, M.D., the Center’s founder and medical director. “It is not right that children with Celiac Disease should be denied a safe meal or given food that is nutritionally inadequate. Surely we cannot expect our children to learn and thrive with such conditions. It is our duty to see that all children are provided with a nutritious and safe meal at school,” Guandalini commented
Shilson also presented results from a recent survey by the ACDA, which revealed that among 2,229 parents of children with Celiac Disease, only 111 were able to get a gluten-free lunch at school. The others had to pack a lunch or go without, according to the ACDA survey.
The American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) began to take shape in early 2003 when an ad hoc group of 15 leaders in the celiac community came together to help persuade Congress to require food labels to include information about allergens. The group’s efforts were instrumental in the passage of landmark legislation, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. The non-profit organization provides leadership on policy issues affecting the lives of individuals with celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder affecting children and adults. The ACDA is recognized internationally for its role in advocating on behalf of all segments of the celiac community.
About Enjoy Life Foods
Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC (d/b/a Enjoy Life Foods, LLC (ELF)) was founded in 2001 with the mission of making great-tasting allergy-friendly foods that most everyone can eat freely. The company launched the Enjoy Life brand in 2002 with a broad product line that is free of the eight most common allergens and gluten-free. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing consumer base, in 2004 the company acquired Perky’s™, a line of gluten- and nut-free cereals. Today, ELF offers 29 different Enjoy Life and Perky’s products that are sold in natural food and select grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada. Visit www.enjoylifefoods.com and www.perkysnaturalfoods.com for store locations and more. In September 2008, Enjoy Life Foods was named for the second consecutive year to Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the U.S. For more information, visit www.enjoylifenb.com.
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Monday, September 08, 2008
This lead me to thinking about Food Safety in terms of food allergies. And I know that if I thought of this, someone else beat me to the punch. And I was right. And I found it over at our friends the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. I found this page on their site. And the information is excellent. It was put together by International Food Safety Council and the National Restaurant Association Solutions. It's full of training for food service owners and their employees and it teaches them how to keep food allergic customers safe. I particularly loved the tutorial about cross contamination. These are tools and lessons that are sorely lacking in the food industry but that I feel are starting to get pulled into the forefront because people with food allergies are demanding better and safer service but also because of too many recent tragedies.
Training on how to deal with a food allergic customer is a must for the food industry. And I think more training is getting done and it is getting better. But the food allergy customer still needs to be their own advocate. He is the best first defense in keeping him and his food safe.
*Do your homework ahead of time. Stop in at the restaurant at a slow time of day and speak with the manager and /or the chef. Explain to them about your allergies and try to gain a sense if they are willing to work with you and if you feel comfortable eating there.
*Check for on line menus and allergen lists for national chain restaurants. Most have them and you can get a sense ahead of time what types of menu items may be safe.
*Always let the manager and the wait staff know that you have food allergies and what those allergies are.
*Carry a Chef Card
*If possible speak directly to the chef.
*Try to order things off the menu that aren't complex or don't come with sauces or gravies where allergens can hide.
*If you get a sense that your needs aren't being met or that you do not feel safe, LEAVE. It isn't worth taking a chance and having a severe reaction.
*Always have your emergency medication with you just in case there is a mix up and a severe reaction occurs. This seems like a no brainer, but the last two food allergy deaths I read about involved people who did not have EPI Pens on them (although for one the reaction was so swift and severe there is question if even epinephrine would have helped).
*If you are still nervous, you can attend a "How to eat safely with food allergies seminar" such as Worry Free Dinners.
For more tips visit WEGO Health's How to eat out safely with food allergies page.
(originally posted at WEGO Health)
Yesterday we had a meeting to discuss our lessons and to get our guides and lesson plans for the year. I REALLY didn't want to go to the meeting. But I signed up and committed so now I'm "stuck". The whole reason I signed up in the first place is because the Little Man will be attending the PSR 4 year old class. That class already has a teacher who's been doing it for 11 years. My options were to teach another class or sit on the bench in the hall and wait for him. I just couldn't leave the building. See the PSR teachers are all volunteers. And I just didn't think it was fair to ask them to learn how to use the EPI Pen and keep him safe.
And after yesterdays meeting, I'm now so thankful that I'll be teaching right across the hall from him.
I spoke with his PSR teacher and filled her in on all his food allergies (wheat, rye, barley, oat, egg, milk, peanut, and tree nut) and I gave her a copy of the "rules" that I gave the preschool last week. She glanced them over and gave me a glazed look and said "Well, we don't use paste or play dough". So that's good! I explained that I'll drop off the EPI Pen with him each week and she recoiled. NO KIDDING, it was a visible recoil. I think it really scared her. That's when I told her "That's why I'm right across the hall. If you have any problems or even THINK there is a problem, just holler and I'll come running". She seemed relieved. She's a really nice lady, but the EPI Pen is a lot of responsibility and one that I'm pretty sure that she didn't want. The Sister that runs PSR has told me in the past that she is more than willing to be trained, and that's fine, but she's sometimes at the other end of the building, so that doesn't work for me.
So now instead of being sad that I signed up to teach, I'm very thankful. I'll be right there to make sure that my son is safe. And instead of just wasting my time sitting on the bench, I'll get to spend an hour each week teaching little children about our Lord. How great is that??
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Yesterday was slow. But that's how it was last year too. Rain or no rain. No one wants to drive out to no mans land for a garage sale. Especially with these gas prices. And I felt badly, but I had to burst our new neighbors bubble. She's the one who organized the neighborhood garage sale (which turns out only 3 of us participated in). She asked if we "get a lot of traffic". And I had to tell her how one day last year, I only had 3 people come. And that it was a very sad day. She looked sad. But I didn't want to build up her hopes and I figured that if we got more than 3 people then it would be a good day. We did get more than 3 people and I did move some things. I did sale the old microwave and microwave stand so that was a good thing. Some kids clothing went (but I still have a TON more so I may have to figure out E-Bay). I'm just bummed that no one bought my strollers. I really want to unload those things. But I'm still not at the point that I'm ready to sell them for nothing and that's what people want. For example, I have a double stroller. It's a
Graco Duoglider. I paid $150.00 and only used it 3 times. 3 times. It is pristine!! I'm asking $70.00 and people are laughing at that. Maybe I'll knock it down to $50.00 today to try and get rid of it, but it is a brand new, never used stroller. I really don't think $70.00 is too much to ask. But today we'll be asking $50.00. And the hardly been used jogging stroller will get knocked down to $30.00. I'd keep that one and still use it if I thought the Little Man would sit in it quietly while I jogged. But he would cry and whine and yell "Are you done yet?" and really jogging is punishment enough. I don't need him adding to the misery.
So if you are in need of some expensive strollers at bargain basement prices and aren't afraid to get wet, come to my house today.
Oh, and if you are an old man looking for "fishing equipment or tools" don't bother. READ THE SIGN. It says "BABY AND KIDS ITEMS". For the 5 millionth time "NO, I DON'T HAVE ANY TOOLS OR FISHING LURES AND NO MY HUSBAND ISN'T INTERESTED IN SELLING HIS HARLEY", but I do have a cheap stroller to sell you :)
Thursday, September 04, 2008
I demo'd the EPI pen and everyone is aware how to use one (the teacher with diabetes said it's similar to her insulin). They kept one to show others who were not there. They are putting up signs that say that the school is "Nut Free" and they are sending home a letter that states that there are other severe allergies besides nuts so they are requesting everyone to wash their hands once they get to school (in case anyone was eating food in the car).
He will only eat food from his safe snack box, everyone will wash hands after snack and all the tables will be cleaned immediately after snack time. I can't ask for much more than that. They said that they will do everything they can to keep him safe. I'll still worry, I'll always worry, but I think we are as prepared as we can be.
That night was the "ice cream social" - which was the Popsicle social for the Little Man. He was able to explore his new class room and see his friends:
And then THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL:
Do you think he's excited?
All smiles and ready to go
He can't wait to see all his friends
If you look closely at this pic, he and his friend have "babies" in their hands. Cute right? Not really. They kept sticking the babies under the play sink. Drowning them? This picture could be "telling" in about 25 years. Scary.....
My baby is such a big boy (sniff)
It went well yesterday. And since I stayed for orientation and to view the room I didn't have any worries.
Today is the day I drop him off and run (just kidding.... sort of).
Monday, September 01, 2008
The weather here has been gorgeous and it's been great to be outside. I'm just trying to soak up as much good weather as I can before things get "Ohio" again. It will be cold and snowy before I know it and I don't want to take anything for granted.
Older Boy goes back to school tomorrow and I meet with the Little Man's school to discuss his food allergies. It's his 3rd year there so it's not a surprise to them, but they have a new director and the class room is set up differently so I don't want to leave anything to chance.
Here are the "rules" that I put together for his classroom:
Food Allergy Requirements for (the Little Man) - 2008/2009 Preschool 4’s
Art supplies known to be safe:
Binney and Smith (Crayola) – All products except for Crayola Dough
Rose Art – Crayons and Markers
Elmer’s – All Elmer’s products are safe except for Elmer’s finger paints and paste (NO paste is safe).
Palmer Paint Products (found at Wal-Mart and Michael’s)
Rich Art – Fresco Tempera Paints
Art activities: NO PLAY DOUGH OR DOUGH OF ANY KIND IS SAFE - Unless it is the home made rice dough or a gluten free dough specially purchased by me.
If there is any question regarding the safety of an art supply, please let me know and I can research it for you. Let me know ahead of time of any activity or art project that involves food and I can provide a safe substitute for the Little Man or for the entire class. No wheat flour of any kind can be used in class for the Little Man's safety. (I prefer that no wheat flour be used by the pre-k also when the Little Man is in the room).
Seating the Little Man at the head of the table will be the safest location for him.
Hand washing for all children before and after snack is a must.
The teacher is to open the Little Man's snacks first before she gets food residue from other children’s snacks on her hands. If she needs to touch his food after her hands have been contaminated, she needs to wash them first.
No sharing of snacks.
The Little Man will only eat snacks brought from home or that are in his “safe snack box”.
Please let me know the birthday schedule ahead of time and I can provide a safe cupcake for the Little Man.
I will supply the EPI Pen (EPI Jr. 2 pack and a bottle of Children’s Benadryl with medicine cup) on the first day of school. It will be in a neon green Allergy Kids pouch with wrist strap for easy transport.
The EPI pen must accompany the Little Man as he moves throughout the school (Big room, Play room, Chapel, Playground, etc.)
If an emergency should happen, use the EPI pen, call 911, and then call me. When calling 911, be sure to mention that the EPI was administered but that you need an EMS unit that carries epinephrine and that is able to administer it (in case of a biphasic reaction).
Please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns!
I also have an "emergency action plan" that will be stapled to this and I'll be taking several expired EPI pens for the teachers and director to "practice" using on grapefruit.
I'm hoping I haven't forgotten anything.
I'm just thankful that the teacher knows him and knows pretty much how to handle things. I won't have to stress TOO MUCH this year. Next year for Kindergarten will be a whole different situation.