Why we're here...

The quick version :) We are a family of 6 (plus 5 if you count pets) living with severe food allergies (thus far dairy and beef, thinking the baby might add some to the list) and as vegetarians (mostly vegan), organically, and I generally attempt to do everything as quickly and easily as possible (think one bowl everything!).


The long version... This journey officially started one Saturday in April (2011) when my husband decided to let me (his very pregnant wife) "sleep in" and took our 18 month old son downstairs. The minute I fell asleep again they came back up, my husband said that Jake seemed tired again and wanted me. Byebye sleeping in. We settled back in bed, Jake on top of me, I dozed for a minute and opened my eyes admiring my boy. He sleepily opened his eyes and threw up all over my face, head, back (no idea how), pillows, you get the idea! To which I said "Change Jake, I'll be in the shower!" At which point my husband admitted "oh I gave him milk". At this point we knew only that he didn't like milk.

When I told his doctor this story in passing at his 18 month appointment she felt that was an unusual reaction and he should be seen by an allergist. Jake had never touched a milk product willingly, but we figured maybe an intolerance or preference. Clearly we were wrong when I brought him to be tested and the doctor said "he's allergic to milk". By the look on his face he did not think I was entertaining when I replied "Oh come on, that's ridiculous". Thus... I had to remove milk from his diet, as well as my own because he was still nursing. Which at first was tough due to my unnatural obession with ice cream, but there are enough milk substitues to deal with that. However, later this summer he was still having symptoms. Brought him to get tested once more and found he was allergic to eggs as well (again my "Are you kidding?!" was met with a quiet smile). (2014 Update: he's fine with eggs now, his milk allergy severity has sky rocketed, as well as a new beef allergy. and too many environmental allergies to list! But seriously, who cares if he cannot own a horse!)

Moral of this, I had a lot to change in the cooking department! I attempted to use vegan recipes. Thus, these recipes were born, and further, this website. Apparently allergies are occurring more and more but it is very difficult to find recipies to accomodate. My goal is to help that cause by providing ways to work around that and still eat well (and by well, I mean food that my chicken-wing-addicted-husband-who would-never-eat-anything-that-grows-in-the-ground-if-his- obnoxious-wife-does-not-nag-him-until-he-gives in- will actually eat. (2014 Update-This man has become a near vegan at home for his little man! He's a fabulous father! However, I learned quickly to cook for him!)


2016 update! we now have four children ages 6 to 6 months. Only one has confirmed allergies, but it's looking possible that this may increase by one or two (currently we are just watching and waiting :) Please don't take our peanut butter away!!


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hide and Seek

Tonight I played a frantic game of hide and seek. I lost.

After dinner we brought the kids for baths. Jake has been acting funny for a couple days, but it's been impossible to figure anything out. At some point I rationalized it with his less than  balanced, probably too low calorie and fat diet (yeah, I know, completely opposite of my issue! He's the only one in the house, including two cats and three dogs, that I am concerned because he's all muscle and bones! Also opposite of my issues!) At any rate, I noticed red marks on him in the bath. Looking closer I noticed they were hives. SUPER DUPER! Honestly, every time we've had a medical problem with us, kids, cats, dogs, it's been a Sunday night. I don't know about kids, but in case you were wondering, a Sunday night pet issue pretty much requires you to swipe your credit card to speak to someone, and then to walk in the Emergency Vet... yeah probably still paying it off 7 years later!

At any rate, hives. My first hive experience in a non-doctor setting. Sweet! The vomiting seemed less serious. (granted probably because I didn't know it was an allergic reaction!) So i race around trying to find the Benedryl that I am pretty sure we lost (yeah, I don't know either! ). I still have hope, and I am not interested in using an Epi-pen (although that would make the $30 for about 9 months worth it). My husband continues to yell from the bathroom that it will probably be fine because he seems fine and people get hives all the time, as he repeatedly interjects the questions what did he eat (k, two things here; 1. he sat next to him and watched him eat, do i really need to list it over and over? and 2. I am not suppose to worry but he practically makes me do the Heimlich every time our 9 month old does her new fake cough- which she does a lot because it's funny when daddy freaks out- much the same as Jake did because he too thought that daddy's reaction was hysterical, also why, if our child ever actually chokes I'll likely be busy laughing at a wonderful dad's hilarious reaction to coughing) . To make a short story longer, I did not find the Benedryl (Yup, lost the Benedryl). I didn't use the Epi-pen (I'm perfectly good wasting that money every 9 months!). And Jake is sleeping in our bed.

To make a long story short, it's nerve wracking having a child with allergies who has a reaction in which I have no idea what caused it. My husband was convinced, for a moment, it was the bubbles in the tub, until I (lovingly of course) pointed out that we'd used half the bottle already. Granted, Jake use to eat 2 dozen eggs a week and now is highly allergic to them. What do i know?! We never figured out if it was a skin reaction or food reaction. But I am going to buy Benedryl as soon as we wake up!!!

Anyone else have this experience? Did you figure out what the allergy was? How did you narrow that down? It's like a crazy game of Clue. I did use to love that game.

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