Posted by: Amy | January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!

2007 was filled with many things, but my focus here is on our food allergy journey. I wish to thank ALL of you for taking the time to read our blog and occassionally leave your comments. You have no idea how much it means to us!

The number one goal of this blog is to help communicate allergy news with our friends and family, mainly to help keep Randy and Carson* safe from the deadly food allergy reactions that are possible in the event of contact or ingestion of their food allergens. If it helps to educated a few others on the way; an added bonus!

I also want to make it clear that your communication with us through this blog is huge in the way of comfort and support. It allows me to see who is reading, and lets me know if the information I am posting is of your interest to you. In addition I also get a sense that you do care about our situation by the way you are taking the time to learn with us. I often go through boughts of loneliness while on this journey. The food allergies sometimes cause us to be left out of certain events because they would otherwise not be safe for us to attend. (I say us because while the children are still so young, it does effect us.)

*Carson has not been confirmed. His body does get covered in hives when he eats egg, though. We have made it a point to avoid all of Randy’s food allergens because food allergies tend to run in families. Studies show that strict avoidance to possible food allergens tends to lean in the direction of not developing those food allergies because the delay in the introduction of the food allergen gives the immune system time to strengthen and develop. We do plan on having Carson tested sometime in the future, though the only real test is eating a potential food allergen and watching to see if anything happens (I know, scary!)

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