So I had a couple of things planned for this year's Food Allergy Awareness Week, but gack! Suddenly the week is half over!
Today I'll share with you two videos. The first is an interview I did with Ryan yesterday, talking about his allergy. As always, I learned something about what Ryan does and does not know about his own allergy from this interview, so that's good stuff. It's been so long since he's had any kind of reaction that he truly doesn't remember what might happen. And he seems really stuck on the fact that I won't let him get candy out of vending machines! Who knew?
No, I don't think he's outgrown the allergy; I think we've managed his exposures very well. Though I suspect that we'll do a RAST blood test at some point in the future to see if his levels have changed at all.
Here's the video. I like it because you can get to see some of his personality, his ways of speaking. :D
The next video is a snippet of Diana's Rationally Selfish Webcast from a couple of weeks ago. The question she answers is one I submitted at her request, due to a Facebook blow up over whether or not peanut bans in schools constitute a violation of the rights of the non-allergic kids and parents of non-allergic kids. I do plan to write up my own thoughts about this, hopefully this week. I have a few things to add to what Diana says.
Additionally, I'll point you to a couple of my own favorite food allergy posts from the past.
Facts About Peanut Allergies: a little bit about some of the risk assessment factors, and specifically what Ryan's personal risk is based on his medical history
The Big Peanut Kaboom: the story of the night we gave Ryan peanut butter-chocolate ice cream and spent the night at the pediatric hospital, complete with exciting fireman peopleguys visiting our house!
"Just" Teach Your Children Well: my personal favorite, a somewhat snarky and pointed look at the flaws in the reasoning of people who oppose food allergy accommodations for elementary-aged school children.
Ryan's Food Allergy Awareness Week interview from last year
Morgan's Food Allergy Awareness Week interview from last year (not sure if she wants to be interviewed this year)
I Am Not an Attention-Seeking Psycho: a response to an article by Joel Stein who basically called food allergies a made-up yuppie thing
Joel Stein is an Attention-Seeking Psycho: a response to his mea culpa piece in TIME after his own child was diagnosed with a peanut allergy
So, consider yourself Aware of Food Allergies!
And please help me spread the word. Tweet this, Facebook it, link to the YouTube video, whatever. If you learned something interesting or useful here, please help spread that information to others. I'd REALLY appreciate it. :D