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Medical Alert Seatbelt Wraps

November 24, 2018

Medical Alert Seat Belt Wraps

Anybody who has a medical condition NEED these seat belt wraps! I've bought 2 from Dolores (1 for each car seat) and it was the best thing I ever bought for this allergy journey. They come with a self laminating card and emergency contact form that fit nicely in the pockets that are inside the wraps. God forbid, if i'm ever in an accident and can't communicate with first responders. Super fast shipping and Dolores was super easy to work with. I highly recommend her @etsy shop SewGoodByDolores and if you use code "Allergy" you save $2 off your order!

I even recently bought one for the jogging stroller. 

Peace of mind all around! 

DF, EF, Pea Protein Free Pumpkin Pie

November 23, 2018

DF, EF, Pea Protein Free Pumpkin Pie

2 (15 ounce) cans pumpkin
1 cup almond or coconut condensed “milk” (or whatever milk substitute you use) + 1/3 cup of sugar- I put in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, until it got warm and somewhat thick (I didn’t have time to do it on the stove top.)
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust- I used Wholly Wholesome Pie Crusts (from Wholefoods and some Wegmans locations carry it.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare Crust as directed on the box. No need to grease the pie plate.

Whisk pumpkin, condensed dairy free milk, applesauce, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. I used the 2nd pie crust for decorations. I used a maple leaf cookie cutter and arranged leaves on top. Be creative! Use any cookie cutters you’d like or keep it traditional.

Cover, gently, with tin foil. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch’ish from the crust comes out clean’ish. Use your best judgement. Take off the tin foil for the last 5 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown.

Cool and Store covered in refrigerator.

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DF, EF, TNF, Pea Protein Free Apple Pie

DF, EF, TNF, Pea Protein Free Apple Pie

6 sliced, peeled apples( I use 2 different types to add different tastes).
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust- I used Wholly Wholesome Pie Crusts (from Wholefoods and some Wegmans locations carry it.)

Heat oven to 425°F.

Prepare Crust as directed on box

In large bowl, mix together apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and lemon juice. Top with second crust. You can either lattice the top crust or cover it entirely with the 2nd crust. If you cover it entirely, slit the top in a few spots to allow steam to come out. Have fun with the top crust! If you have left over crust, you can lattice it and use some fun cookie cutter cut-outs on top of the lattice depending on the season or holiday. Baking is all creating something fun (and tasty)!

Cover, gently, with tin foil. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Take off tin foil for the last 5 minutes or until crust gets a nice golden brown.

Let cool and Store covered in the refrigerator!

Tag @the_alherrgy_mom and #thealherrgymomblog so I can see all your lovely allergy friendly apple pies!!

Our Allergy Journey

November 21, 2018

Our Allergy Journey:

Unbeknownst to me, our allergy journey started on October 29, 2016 when our son, Lucas, was born. He was covered in a rash from the moment I first laid eyes on him and then for the next 6 months. I breastfed him from the beginning. Pediatrician thought he just had very sensitive skin. I agreed. Being a first time mom, I had no idea. He never had any other, consistent, outward signs of a food allergy. He was growing perfectly fine, gaining weight like he should, no GI issues except some spit up and being cranky at times. He was sleeping long stretches overnight at 12 weeks. We tried different soaps, different creams, prescription creams or nothing at all. Nothing was working.

Easter 2017 came. It was a fun day filled with family and food. Lucas just turned 6 months old. Dessert came out and without me knowing, my mother gave him the slightest taste of vanilla ice cream. It was instant hives all around his mouth. We took him upstairs and washed off his face and watched him for the rest of the day. The hives slowly started to go away. Phew! But I knew something wasn’t right. His 6 month well appointment with the pediatrician was the next day, so I took pictures to document everything. Took pictures of the food label too. I showed the pediatrician and immediately he said food allergies and it would be in his best interest to see a pediatric allergist. Two days later, we took him to the allergist. They skin tested him for a few major allergies. It showed that he had allergies to Dairy and Egg. We got handed a prescription for EpiPens. My world crashed. I got home that night and just cried and cried some more. My perfect baby boy had a major problem. I knew I couldn’t change anything with the diagnosis but I was faced with the decision to stop breastfeeding and go to an allergy friendly formula OR cut out, cold turkey, all his allergens from my diet. As much as I hated breastfeeding, I enjoyed it. So I continued on. My wonderful husband stopped everything, went to the grocery store and got me a whole bunch of dairy free and egg free alternatives. As the weeks went on, the switch was becoming easier on me and his skin cleared up. It was amazing! Major mom guilt though. How didn’t I recognize this from the beginning???? I can’t imagine how he felt!

Life went on with major modifications and our “new” normal. His daycare was and continues to be amazing with all his food allergies.

At 1 yr. old, he had an anaphylactic reaction to Pea protein and green peas.

At 1.5 years old, he had another anaphylactic reaction to Cashews, 911 was called and he went to the hospital via ambulance. At his next allergy appointment, they skin tested for Tree nuts. He had major reactions to all Tree nuts, except Almonds. Which we knew he’d most likely be fine with because he drinks almond milk.

At 2 years old, he had his 3rd Anaphylactic reaction to Cross-Contamination at Daycare. To this day, we still don't know what he came in contact with. It wasn't a fault in the daycare. It was an oversight on my part. I thought I had all my bases covered. This reaction got us an overnight stay at the hospital. His worst reaction to date. 

His 4th Anaphylactic reaction was at his allergist's office during our cooked egg challenge, soon after he turned 3 yrs old. They administered Epi and watched him for a couple of hours.

On the bright side. He outgrew his dairy allergy! He's still able to eat baked egg. We get yearly bloodwork to check his IgE levels on Pea, Tree nut and Egg.

It's a wild, chaotic, stressful journey for sure! But we were meant to walk to path for a reason. 

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