May 2013 Living With Food Allergies Blog Carnival

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The last time I hosted the Living With Food Allergies Blog Carnival was in July of 2012 so here we are almost a year later and I get to do it again!  Thank you to Jennifer B of Food Allergy Buzz for allowing me to take part again.  Last month Lindsey from Frugal Food Allergies featured some great posts.  My lead image for this post is a nod to the contemplative theme of many of this month’s submissions and to the different perspectives we share with one another through blogging.

I’ve created a Pinterest Board for the carnival (if a post had an image, Pinterest won’t let you bookmark something if it doesn’t have at least one picture that Pinterest recognizes so that also explains the random images for a few posts) as well to make it easy to re-pin your favorite posts for future reference!

The categories I’ve used below are just a fun way to group submissions but I hope you check them all out, regardless of where I’ve grouped them.  Thank you to all that participated in the May 2013 Living With Food Allergies Blog Carnival.  To submit your blog post to the next edition, use the following carnival submission form.

In the Know…

Chef Froggie (who recently graduated with her bachelor’s degree, congratulations!) has been concerned for some time that her memory has been faltering as a result of anaphylactic reactions and was sure to share her findings with the internet at large in her post Consequences of anaphylaxis: memory and processing issues at her blog, Gluten Free Froggie in the Kitchen.  This is something I’ve found especially in the food allergy community – the concept of sharing a difficult experience or diagnosis so that the next person up late at night googling their symptoms can find the right questions to ask their own doctor.

Courtney J covers a lot of ground in her post Food Allergy Q&A 1 at The Random Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mom.  Her daughter has 24 food allergies and as her mother, Courtney gets asked a lot of questions.  Her experience being the advocate for her daughter hits very close to home.  I, too, had doctors write us prescriptions for skin creams instead of addressing other possibilities for terrible eczema.

Jennifer Kales wrote Food Allergies and Allergic Teens: Taking the Next Big Step as she contemplated another birthday for her daughter at The Nut-Free Mom.  Jennifer writes about helping teens “navigate their new independence with regard to food allergy management.”  Seeing a photo of her daughter’s 6th birthday cake even as she turned 13 in February of this year brings home how fast things change and the importance of being ready to have the discussions with our kids that they need depending on their age and maturity.

Jenny Sprague at Multiple Food Allergy Help has two posts for this month’s carnival, Examining Educational Options [part 1] and The Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.  Her little boy, Jacob, has had cancer, deals with multiple food allergies, uses a feeding tube, and also has Eosinophilic Esophagitis (or EoE) but even with so many challenges he wants to go to school.  In her second submission, Jenny shares how the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference came to be and why you should all plan on coming!

Karen Blue selected Varicose Vein Products That Contain Nut Oils for this month’s carnival – it is posted at Chemurgy and Allergens which is an amazing resource regarding allergens in more obscure places.  As Karen writes, this is “another reason to always be aware of what is in products.”

Tim Burns, a fellow geek, attorney, and dad of a boy and girl, writes in his post BEST PEANUT ALLERGY FRIENDLY TEAMS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL at A Geek Daddy.  I think the more we talk about peanut free baseball options and get the food allergy community out in support of them, the more they’ll be offered.  Or at least that is what I hope.  Tim writes with his submission: “Our family loves enjoys cheering on our favorite baseball team the Detroit Tigers, but unfortunately we can rarely go see them play at their stadium due to the risks and dangers presented by my daughter’s peanut allergy. While not perfect, some Major League Baseball clubs have made an effort to work with the peanut allergy community to make their games more accessible to fans. I’ve provided my opinion of the best clubs providing peanut allergy friendly options and links to find out more information about going to a game if you or a family member are impacted by peanut allergies.”

Keeping Epinephrine at Hand…

Missy Berggren wrote no more excuses: get *FREE* Epi Pens through the end of the year at her website Marketing Mama – it made me wish the program had been in effect when I had our prescription for the year filled but hopefully those of you with upcoming expiration dates on their injectors can take advantage of it.  Especially families that need multiple injectors!

Caroline Moassessi, one of Nevada’s stock epinephrine champions, submitted Allergy Anaphylaxis Playbook by Jerome Bettis! posted at  She, and other bloggers, got a chance to interview Mr. Bettis and look over some of the materials associated with his “playbook” being offered through Sanofi (makers of Allerject in Canada and Auvi-Q in the United States).  Caroline has very high praise for the guide.

Joanne (Food Allergy Assistant) submitted her post EpiPen With Zero Copay at Food Allergy Assistant, being sure to add with her submission, “May I also mention that the Auvi-Q website has a $25 co-pay? I just want everyone who needs an auto injector to have access to one!”  I think the competing companies in the marketplace right now have to realize how excited the food allergy community is that any promotions may put injectors into the hands of people that need it the most.

Of Labels and Labeling…

Colette Martin covers yummy treats on her blog but also delves into other aspects of food allergies, such as with her recent post Learning to Eat Allergy-Free: What the Proposed Gluten Free Labeling Laws Might Mean for Families with Food Allergies at Learning to Eat Allergy Free – Multiple Food Allergies.  Some progress in labeling laws relating to gluten free products may not be a boon to wheat allergic individuals and Colette has the scoop.

Kate (who goes by the name “Ana Phylaxis” on her blog) submitted Ana’s Thoughts: Food Labels. Seriously? from her blog The Diary of Anaphylaxis – she points out a label she found that indicates, without specificity, that there may be allergens not listed in the ingredients present in the food item.  What do you think?  Should manufacturers be able to exclude allergic individuals with blanket warnings?  Do we want to purchase their products if that is their mindset?  A lot to think about!

Something to Eat…

Ashley Nicolei of LiveLoveManja offers a restaurant review in her tumblr post entitled Manja Review: Kitchen Door Napa, Local Seasonal & Handmade.  Uniquely, Ashley’s review is written in the third person and expresses her gratitude for the accommodation of her nut allergies.

Stacy Molter offers two milk free and nut free recipes for the blog carnival – Chocolate Chip Sunbutter Pudding Cookies Recipe and Apple Pie Spice Bread Recipe posted at  Stacy’s 2 year old recently outgrew his sunflower food allergy and that inspired her cookie creation while her spice bread recipe is a novel spin on apple pie flavor.

Something to Think About…

Daniella Knell at Smart Allergy Friendly Education addresses something that I’m sure comes to mind often when dealing with food allergies in her post Stressed About Navigating Food Allergies?  She advises people: “KNOW YOUR NEEDS… then FIGURE OUT YOUR RESOURCES.”  The post breaks down a way to approach your food allergy related stress with smaller tasks to tackle.

Jennifer B.’s post Can Caregiver Mishandling of Food Allergies Equal Medical Neglect? at Food Allergy Buzz raises the issue of caregivers giving allergens to children intentionally.  Is an allergy diagnosis effectively a prescription for avoidance?  And if a caregiver doesn’t comply, are they being careless or is it medical neglect?  Jennifer poses some difficult questions mainly because it is hard to imagine willfully putting a child without a choice of what to eat in harm’s way.

Lacy Wade submitted Making it Milk-free: Different is Perfect. {A post about removing the voice of negativity.} from her blog Making it Milk-free.  In her post, Lacy talks in part about some of the common comments parents of children with food allergies hear, such as suggestions that they just homeschool their children.  She wraps things up with great suggestions for being more supportive of those in your life that may be struggling.

Sara Gooley’s post Agree to Disagree on Maddy’s Seven Year Itch is where I discovered the quote that appears at the top of this post from Joseph Joubert.  Sara closes with the quote but her whole post is well worth the read and it spoke to me because even in the generally supportive food allergy community our words can be harsh and critical of one another even without realizing it.  Sara writes also in the post about OIT, or Oral Immunotherapy.

Selena Bluntzer makes a clever commentary in Amazing and Atopic: Study Shows Allergic Children Born to Loving Mothers posted at Amazing and Atopic.  Satirizing the studies that seem to barrage us each week with some other potentially guilt inducing proclamation about how our children might have become part of the food allergy epidemic, she reminds us that mothers, fathers, caregivers, and anyone that cares about someone with food allergies loves them.  This would make a great series, Selena!

Finally, there’s my own submission for the carnival is my post entitled Food Allergy Awareness Week 2013 here at Oh Mah Deehness! – I cover some of the advocacy activities (Nevada’s stock epinephrine law, the FARE walk, the first ever Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, etc.) that I’ve been engaging in as well as a bit about our current food challenge journey.

3 thoughts on “May 2013 Living With Food Allergies Blog Carnival

    1. Thank you Keeley! I know Jennifer is always looking for hosts, her site is here: and her twitter handle is @foodallergybuzz. If you want to submit a post for next month’s carnival just use the link near the top of my post. I don’t know if anyone is signed up to host next month’s carnival if you’re interested in doing it!


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