Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Allergy Mom

I've been thinking a lot lately about what my role is or should be as the mom of an allergic child. L is two years old. We have three Halloween events coming up. The first is a MOMS club party at the park, where the kids will trick or treat from mom to mom. The issue with that one is what I will hand out as my treat. Here's the thing, L only has 10 approved foods, so unless I hand each a big old sweet potato, I won't be handing out something L can eat. But I can hand out a non-food item.

Update: In the end, I brought PlayDoh as my "treat" to the MOMS club party and chose granola bars to hand out at our door (though we ended up having not a single trick-or-treater). The latter treat was chosen, not because of L, but because I figured we wouldn't get many TOTers so I'd end up eating whatever was left, and granola bars are my normal snack anyway.

Also, L did go TOTing. He was pretty clueless, so I was able to exchange his candy for a toy without incident.

My purpose

I've finally decided how I want to use my blog: to be an Eosinophilic blog, an Apraxia blog, and sometimes an IBS blog, because when you're facing these problems (as a parent or an individual), you long for others in your shoes. And that's where I am now, I'm looking for others in my shoes, and realizing I can be that person for others. So if you've found me because of one or more of these issues, then Howdy, and if you're blessed to only have one of these problems, I hope you'll forgive the intermingling of these three. My son has Eosinophilic Esophagitis. That has been our life since March of 2006. Now he is two years old and was diagnosed in June with verbal apraxia, so we deal with that now too with speech therapy twice a week. And since I have IBS (the diarrhea variety--ooh fun), that will necessarily come through in my storytelling as I stop at gas stations, run to portapotties etc.