Dealing with allergies is never easy. Whether you have a single allergy, non-IGE or IGE, it is always difficult to adjust to the lifestyle changes required to keep safe. Often people without allergies won’t understand the difficulties faced when you, or your child, have an allergy. My own daughter Daisy has an allergy syndrome, called FPIES, which has changed the way we run our home and our life. At present Daisy cannot eat dairy, soy or chicken without a severe vomiting reaction, and has other problems including reflux and asthma. In addition to this, she has intolerances to strawberries and a few other foods. This means that we have to be super vigilant about what foods we feed her, where we eat and even what foods we keep out at home. Almost everything seems to be a potential allergen for Daisy and the simplest of tasks, like giving the cats treats, can become fraught with worry and anxiety about accidental allergen exposure.
Recently our lovely daughter Daisy had to spend some time in hospital. When we arrived in A&E initially we thought that she may be suffering because of her FPIES. It later turned out that she had a problem with her stomach X-Ray and we had to stay in hospital while she was rehydrated and to ensure that she got better. This was obviously a bit of an upsetting time but I want to share our experience in the hope that it may help someone else in the future if they find themselves in the same position.
When we first arrived at A&E we were told, within an hour, that Daisy was going to be staying in hospital. I was upset about this, as it meant that she definitely was poorly and something had flagged up in her bloods or on her X-ray. However, it later turned out she wasn’t seriously ill, which was such a relief!
AD. Since having my daughter back in March 2016 our home seems to be filled with products. Baby products, skincare, 100s of unusual types of foods for my daughters allergies and much more. One area that we need to be stocked up regularly is medicines. I’ve got auto-immune health problems and Daisy has allergies too. Some of the items that we use to keep ourselves healthy are not on prescription. In the past I have always just gone in to Boots and stocked up on what we need. Without paying much attention to the price. As I write about money for a living this isn’t the best thing to do, however, I’ve always thought that we needed the items so may as well just get on with it! Anyway, I’ve recently tried out Chemist 4 U for the first time – and been really pleased with their prices!
Our daughter Daisy was born on the 21st of March 2016. It was the happiest, and scariest, day of my life, as I had to have a c-section and Daisy was born, weighing 5lb 13oz at full term (38+4). My entire pregnancy had been difficult and when she was finally born safe I was so relieved. We went home, and started our life as a family of three. Then on April Fools Day, at just 11 days old, Daisy projectile vomited for the first time. We had a chuckle. She was just playing a prank on us after all – right?! Wrong. Daisy had FPIES and the beginning of a long battle was starting for us.
AD. Taking the time to eat seasonally this autumn is not only easy on the environment. You can also take advantage of the many heart healthy foods that are in abundance this time of year!