Feeling bitter again - the vicious cycle continues

Posted on: Sat, 07/07/2007 - 2:02am
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Here we go again... we've just started year 5 of dealing with food allergies. I do so well through the year. But every year around this time, allergy testing time, I feel the bitter, angry me coming out again. Maybe it's summer and watching everyone have picnics and parties with ice cream and sour cream chips all over the place. Maybe it's my anticipation that we may be rid of one allergy this year, and then the downer that we're not. I feel like we're surrounded by kids whose parents sit back and don't have to worry what their kids are doing or eating. Us...we're like hawks, barely able to have a conversation because we have to watch every move they make. I'm tired. I'm bitter. And, feeling very alone again. I just want to cry.... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

You guys are the only ones I can vent to...thank God you're here!!! Thanks for listening..

Ree

Dealing with children allergic to peanuts, nuts, milk, eggs, dog, environment, and eczema.

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Posted on: Sat, 07/07/2007 - 2:15am
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I raise a spoonful of my homemade [i]sorbet[/i] in your general direction. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
My toast to us both at our shared pity-party. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
I think you are correct-- it is just all the FOOD-FOOD-FOOD everywhere you turn at this time of year-- can't even go to the park without it being a major issue....
I also just hate the summer sometimes. OTOH, we do love [i]our[/i] summer favorites. I just hate feeling so reclusive-- a prisoner of my own safe environment-- sometimes. Other people just assume we're totally anti-social after a while. Oh well. We're well into our 8th year doing this and still MFA.... in spite of what 'should' have happened to some of the other allergies. KWIM??
Cheers.

Posted on: Sat, 07/07/2007 - 3:30am
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Ahhh.. just to hear you say what I'm thinking brings a bit of calm to me!
Hey, we're anti-social too - funny. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] That is, after food allergies.
Homemade sorbet!? I've never made it. Yummy!..can you post the recipe?

Posted on: Sat, 07/07/2007 - 3:48am
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NO problemo.....
Basically any fresh seasonal fruit will work. We are especially fond of strawberry....
3 c fresh or frozen whole strawberries.
3/4-1 c cane sugar
1/2c lemon or lime juice
1 tsp canola oil (or light olive oil)
I boil my citrus juice so that I can eat the sorbet (I have a citrus allergy but tolerate it cooked) That warms up the lemon juice so that I can make a pasty syrup with the sugar. Then blend the strawberries, add the lemon syrup, then the oil [i]while blender is running[/i] and chill in the freezer for 45m-1hr before freezing in a good quality ice-cream freezer. Our Rival never made nice sorbet.... but the Cuisinart is divine.
(You may still have to 'harden' the sorbet off in the freezer when it is done, though.)
Watermelon sorbet is wowee-o good, too. But don't skimp on the sugar. Before freezing, it should taste VERY sweet.
I am also dying to try cantaloupe sorbet. I found the recipe for one in the booklet that came with the Cuisinart.
Wonder what Mimosa Slushies taste like.... or Pina colada sorbet??? Hmmmm. May have some 'sperimenting to do. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 07/07/2007 - 12:52pm
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Thanks! I will definitely try these!

Posted on: Sat, 07/07/2007 - 9:41pm
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Awww...sending nut, milk and egg free virtual choccys your way!!

Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2007 - 2:25pm
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no advice, just hugs if you are huggy and lots of thoughts and prayers.

Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2007 - 10:54pm
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Ree, I feel for you. My friends recently had a pot luck for the families, and were disappointed I couldn't come. I had to let them know there was no way I could bring DS to a pot luck.
What I did do recently, though, is a host a neighborhood picnic. Yes it is a lot of work to prepare all the food yourself, but then you definitely don't feel anti-social. I put on the invitations "due to food allergies, please don't bring any food." When anyone asked what they COULD bring, I told them we would have beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks, but if there was a certain drink they wanted, they could bring that (as long as it wasn't PB milkshakes [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ). Several people did bring wine, one braought beer, and everyone had a good time. Even I had a good time because I was smart enough to serve stuff that could be prepared ahead of time, then just put out when ready to serve.
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Posted on: Tue, 07/10/2007 - 12:16pm
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Thanks for everyone's thoughtful words..
Quote:Originally posted by Jimmy's mom:
[b]Ree, I feel for you. My friends recently had a pot luck for the families, and were disappointed I couldn't come. I had to let them know there was no way I could bring DS to a pot luck.
What I did do recently, though, is a host a neighborhood picnic. Yes it is a lot of work to prepare all the food yourself, but then you definitely don't feel anti-social. I put on the invitations "due to food allergies, please don't bring any food." When anyone asked what they COULD bring, I told them we would have beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks, but if there was a certain drink they wanted, they could bring that (as long as it wasn't PB milkshakes [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ). Several people did bring wine, one braought beer, and everyone had a good time. Even I had a good time because I was smart enough to serve stuff that could be prepared ahead of time, then just put out when ready to serve.
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That's a great idea! Lot's of work, but worth it I"m sure!

Posted on: Wed, 07/18/2007 - 7:23pm
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Ree, I'm with you totally. My 5yr old DD has multiple allergies and we've had a few events recently where I couldn't take my eyes off her - the fear is ever present and it just seems so unfair sometimes.
I'm sure that people think I'm a nutcase, overprotective mum sometimes but I have to try and remember that her life could be at stake.

Posted on: Wed, 07/18/2007 - 10:11pm
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Ree...I feel the same way this time of year. Neighborhood parties, birthday parties, play dates, thinking about back to school issues, etc... it can be very hard to deal with.
Just yesterday we were at baseball and I looked around the ground and there were peanut shells everywhere. Then a few minutes later the concession stands opened (mind you this is 9:30 am...why do we need candy, popcorn and soda that early is beyond me). People were running to the concession stand like it would be their last meal. One little girl sat down right next to me with a pb cup.
Thankfully my ds was on the field playing and was "safe".
I just hate all the food involved with everything this time of year. You are not alone in this one!

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