Moving, meals and food allergies.

Moving, Meals and Food Allergies

This has been quite the month with moving everything from our old home to another home.

My focus has been on unloading boxes, assembling beds, and arranging couches so we can collapse on them after a long day of unpacking boxes (just where is the box with the toilet paper…….?)

Meals were the last thing we wanted to worry about. Usually, I make a home cooked meal every night when I get home from work. But I couldn’t find the box with the pots and pans. And I was exhausted!

Luckily, we had friends and neighbors who brought meals in for us. I was so grateful! But I did have to remind them that we have food allergies. I’m allergic to all seafood (not just shellfish), and Middle Son is allergic to tree nuts).

No matter where I am, I always have to be careful.

My daughter let me know that Oldest Son got a shrimp taco with his lunch order at a fast food place. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to eat it, so The Hubster warmed up the taco in the microwave and ate it instead.

And now the microwave is contaminated.

And I’m too exhausted to disinfect it, which means I get a cold sandwich for lunch.

Oldest Son realized what had happened, and cleaned out the microwave. Then I told The Hubster what he had done, and he pulled out the cleaning supplies. I told him he was off the hook, because Oldest Son had already disinfected it.

New Neighbors invited us over for dinner (I’m so grateful for their kindness), and they asked if we had any food preferences. We said no, but I am allergic to all seafood and Middle Son is allergic to tree nuts.

So, we had a delicious dinner but since Middle Son didn’t join us, I wasn’t worried about the almonds on the salad. The neighbor sent us home with the leftovers (phew! I didn’t have to cook the next night!) Minutes later, she came running over and was in a panic because the salad had almonds.

I assured her it as okay, because Middle Son doesn’t eat salad, but I thanked her for remembering and watching out for us anyway!

Fast forward to the following week, when another neighbor knocked on the door with a warm plate of gooey desserts. She proudly told me that New Neighbor had already warned them that we couldn’t have tree nuts, and that the dessert was nut free.

So, two extremes in one week. The Hubster forgetting that he couldn’t warm up seafood in the microwave. And a neighbor who we had never met, who found out that Middle Son couldn’t have tree nuts – and made sure the dessert was nut free.

Middle Son and I both carry Epi-Pens, but we would rather not use them.

Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America (AAFA) says that:

“People with asthma often have allergies as well. This puts them at higher risk of developing anaphylaxis, which also can cause breathing problems. For that reason, it is important to manage your asthma well.”

Moral of this story? Please let people know (and remind those you have already told) that you have food allergies.

Your life may depend on it.

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