Dear Food Allergy Parents,
I get it.
I’ve never been one to poo-poo what you have to deal with day in and day out. I have calmly told Witchlette that she would be having pb&j sandwiches as often as she wants at home, but it’s not something we can take to the museum. Just in case.
I get it. I’ve always empathized with you.
But this is different. No, I mean I truly get it now.
I no longer merely empathize with you, I now live along side you.
Saturday was our first birthday party since knowing Witchling has food allergies. Non-life-threatening as far as we can tell. He gets hives on contact and will be ill for some time after depending on how much of the food he has eaten. He’s never had more than a bit. And he never will. (His sister will see it it as much as I will!)
Saturday was interesting. Our hostess had a really pretty spread of fruit, with strawberries at the top. We went through before others use the spoon on all fruits and took out blueberries and pineapple for Witchling. He was then done with fruit because of cross-contamination. Witchlette’s birthday party is in a few days and we will also have a fruit salad made by my mom. She already knows to either exclude the three allergens or make Witchling his own small bowl of fruit before adding the allergens to the whole salad.
It’s these little precautions we now have to take with our food. With what we eat in the house, what we eat at restaurants, what is served at parties. Just because it’s not life-threatening doesn’t mean it’s not important. It’s uncomfortable for Witchling. And avoiding discomfort (hives and vomit) is worth the minor inconvenience.