Last week, we were a totally normal family, 3 kids, 2 dogs and a bunch of activities and things to do. All that came to a screeching hold on Tuesday when I took my Teen#2 for Allergy testing. We knew he had some kind of issues with eating chicken and so I wanted to find out how severe and if there is anything else, maybe he would outgrow it. We went to the appointment fairly happy and a bit worried about not finding any results that would help us see what the Teen can eat and not eat.
After 15 minutes the results were in and I was in shock, so big of a shock that I’m still not adjusted and can’t believe that we went from a total normal family, with little to none allergies or medical history to…. a major medical issue!
The Dr. announced that my Teen is not only highly, meaning life threading allergic to chicken, but also Pork, eggs, Turkey, any and all shellfish, a few other fish, Almonds, ONIONS(!!), Pineapple, Watermelon, cantaloupe, mustard, and a few smaller items amongst the list.
He can eat any and all dairy, perfectly fine with Soy and Wheat and Beef is the only meat he is allowed to dine on from now on. The Dr. was as shocked as I was, he had never seen a person with these kind of allergies all together, he’s seen people with pork, or maybe chicken but not all clustered together.
AT first I wasn’t taking the Allergy serious at all, I mean yeah, let’s cut the food out I guess and move on, but the more I talked to the Dr., the more worried I got. He literally talked me into keeping an EpiPen on me at all times and anywhere my son goes, even after the Dr. announced that he is not a friend of the EpiPen. I declined 3-4 times and said we would be fine, till the Dr. pressed the EpiPen in my hand and said “Take it and if it doesn’t work call 911”….. that’s when I freaked out.
I informed the school nurse who in return was freaking out as much as I was, a meeting is being called between the school and even county officials, since these allergies are not very common and some may or may not be preventable (like Onions) if my Teen isn’t working closely with the lunchroom, teachers and myself.
What in the world had happened? The only issue, we don’t know how the allergies appear. My Teen ate Turkey about a month ago, perfectly fine, 2 weeks ago we made turkey again and he had hives and welds from head to toe and his throat started to close up.
As of right now, the Dr. believes it will get worse and something he always has to live with, he is too old to outgrow them by now, I was told. Making our Meal Planning a bit more difficult then others, but I’m determined we will accomplish and raise this athletic 13 year old to a semi-healthy Adult in the years to come.
So, follow our journey from a Happy and Healthy Family with new challenges, recipes and day to day activities and maybe you can help your little ones cope with allergies as well. Would love to hear your story of what your kids are allergic to, how you cope and how you handle the situation in and outside the home and of course, would love to hear and see recipes.
Our life changed over night, but it will take steps for me to change the world around us. Of course we won’t eat Beef each night, we may have to cook something different for the Teen, separate of course, but we aren’t sure. I’m not a big Beef person, and we can’t really afford to eat only Beef. But is will be a challenge to dish up a healthy meal that my Teen can enjoy each and every night. He actually joked around the other day “So Mom, any idea what you will cook me? Nope, no idea… Oh that explains why I had Hamburgers each day last week…lol”…
So strange, he loved pork and actually ate pork ribs the night before, but we can’t take a chance and next time he may not be able to breath; it is the strangest thing. I feel for all the parents that have little ones with Food Allergies, this isn’t an easy task. My biggest concern are the onions, you know if a dish has Chicken, pork or even mustard, but onions are almost everywhere, even on a McDonald Hamburger… YIKES.
I created a board on Pinterest what my Teen can eat, making it easier for me to find recipes, if you have any I can add, or you think I may be able to add, let me know and I would love to add them and give them a try. If not, would still love for you to follow and see what yummy dinners we can create even with allergies. HERE is the Pinterest board.