As the mother of an allergic child I always worry. My daughter is allergic to peanuts, one of the allergens known to cause an anaphylactic reaction. I started worrying on that first day in kindergarten and haven’t stopped. And although her school has trained their teachers in allergy awareness and how to use auto injectors they have not eliminated peanuts from the building. I have to admit this really bothered me when she was in the younger grades because little kids are messy. They can get peanut butter on their hands and then go out on the playground and spread it over the equipment.
My focus has changed now that she’s a teenager. These days I worry about the other kids. Will someone bring a peanut butter sandwich to school and sit next to her to eat it? Would a mean kid use it as some kind of twisted joke. (Okay, maybe no one would do that, but I’m a writer whose imagination is always running wild.)
I really thought that as she got older I would worry less, but I don’t see that happening. In September a young woman in Ontario, Canada died of an anaphylactic reaction when she ordered a smoothie on campus. My heart goes out to her family and I am very sorry for their loss.
The story that I read on Allergic Living.com stated that the highest rates of food allergy fatalities are among young adults.
This week I received an email from Food Allergy Canada they have developed an eBook for teens with allergies it costs $0.99.
I wanted to share this important resource with you, because if your anything like me you’ll purchase a copy today.