Allergic world.

Hello everyone.

It’s been a stressful weekend here, so I haven’t written a marketing post for you. My daughter had a nasty allergic reaction whilst on holiday and she ended up on a drip in hospital, which was very frightening. After speaking to her doctors about her first set of test results, we now realise that she has some pretty serious food allergies. She spent eight years in and out of hospital with horrendous coughs as a child, which was diagnosed as asthma and hyper-reactive skin, but we now suspect that food may have been the culprit all along.

Learning about allergies and the way the affect peoples lives is overwhelming at times. We now have to think about everything she eats or touches and about everything anyone else eats or touches and sometimes this seems like an impossible task. We are very lucky that everyone has been so understanding so far, but this will mean major changes to all our lives.

We have had to train our family and friends on how to use an EPI-pen, which helps counteract the reaction. It’s not difficult to use, but it’s scary how many people have never seen or come across one. I’d like to show a quick video here, to make more people aware of how easy they are to use, but also how they can save lives. If you’d like to share this post to help others find out more about allergy and anaphylaxis, or comment on any tips you have for coping with allergies, I’d be eternally grateful.

EpiPen Demonstration video.

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Further information:

NHS Allergy.

Allergy UK.

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “Allergic world.

    • That’s great news Marje. I did one last year too, but I’d already forgotten how to use it. I now know what to do, but the whole food labelling storm in the media is very worrying as the smallest ingredient or blend of ingredients could potentially cause a reaction.

    • Thanks Suzie. The hospital in Spain were amazing. Thank goodness for Google Translate too, as it helped myself and the consultant understand what was going on!

    • Thanks Jan. It’s so scary, but she has more tests soon, so hopefully we will have a clearer picture of a way forward.

  1. Sorry to hear this Lizzie
    Must have been scary. Glad she is okay and you know what is going on now. She will feel so much better. We dealt with this with my granddaughter, the hardest part was educating other parents and some teachers. But she did finally outgrow it. It was a little more planning but we found most restaurants accommodating but it all became habit for everyone. Hope your week goes better for your family. All the best and lots of healing prayers.

    • Thanks Denise. Unfortunately the allergy she has is rarely grown out of. I’m glad your granddaughter is fine now. It’s such a steep learning curve, isn’t it?

      • It is Lizzie a steep learning curve! I always hope for that rare chance, but it is something you can definitely live with. I have to avoid a lot of food for many reasons and always take my own food where ever I go. Even with best intentions by others! Hoping all goes smoothly for you from here out Lizzie.

  2. As an adult who’s had multiple severe allergies for years, I can guarantee that she’ll become an expert at handling it before you know it but there are lots of thoughtless, ignorant and lazy people out there who will make things difficult- teach her to play it safe and speak up if she’s worried, don’t just hope for the best!

    Luck and love 😊

    • Thanks Nia. It’s really reassuring to hear how well you are managing your allergies. We need to learn pretty quickly too.

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