Posts from ‘General’

May
01

There are 15 million Americans who have food allergies. One in 13 children have food allergies (that’s about two in each classroom) and every three minutes a severe food allergy reaction sends someone to the ER in the United States.

Six years ago I became a “food allergy Mom.” Not a title I ever wanted, but one I take very seriously. I’ve written quite a bit about how we manage food allergies in our lives, house, school, etc. What I don’t ever talk about is how other families do it. Because each food allergy family is different. And each one has a different comfort level with risk when it comes to the potential of a food allergy reaction.

And from what I suspect stems from fear, and confusion about the way we all act differently, there can be a lot of judging of people with food allergies. Non-allergy families judging “food allergy parents” for being too dramatic or asking too much, children judging their peers with food allergies for being different, family members feeling burdened or resentful about having to change family traditions or being asked not to serve favorite-recipes at family gatherings. Oh, and families with food allergies judging other families with food allergies because they don’t follow the same “rules” as they do.

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Feb
19

Note: This post is about my experiences going through the process to get LASIK eye surgery as a brand ambassador of Joffe MediCenter.

I’ve worn glasses since I was 12 years old. I had thought about getting Lasik as an adult, but only know a handful of people who have had Lasik to correct their vision. When I asked them about it, they all said it was the best thing they had ever done and that they wish they had done it sooner. Yet, I never seemed to have the right timing or extra money to pay for it.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out that the team at Joffe MediCenter in Minneapolis was interested in working with me on a special promotion. It seems there are a lot of fears people have about getting Lasik, and that by sharing my experience through social media I would be helping calm the fears and show how great getting Lasik is to correct vision. So in exchange for my time and energy and work to share my experiences, they provided me with complimentary services, including Lasik surgery, which is pretty amazing if you ask me!

I’ve written about my experiences in posts “It’s Really Happening” and “My worries and fears about getting Lasik.” I also told you all about the procedure and how it went in the post “Getting Lasik at Joffe MediCenter” and a two week update here: “Two weeks post-Lasik.” And now I’m about two months out and thought it would be good to give another update sharing how life has changed.

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Feb
10

If you or someone you love has food allergies, you know what it’s like to feel left out during special holidays such as Valentine’s Day. Children often pass out candy to classmates along with a cute little card. Some schools are more restrictive than others when it comes to food in the classroom or being peanut/tree nut free. I was happy to see quite a few “safe” candies at Target this weekend. Many Valentine’s Day candies that would be perfect for handing out in class, or to keep on standby for swapping out unsafe treats a child may receive.

Here is a list of the ones I found that are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg. Some of them may have wheat or soy, so please check labels for your own allergies.

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Feb
02

One of the highlights of the past week was attending a speaker reunion for Ignite Minneapolis. If you haven’t heard of it before, there are Ignite talks that happen all around the country. People talk about things they are passionate about in a 5 minute presentation. The catch? You can only have 20 slides and they auto-advance every 15 seconds, whether you’re ready or not!

I’ve attended three of the six Ignite Minneapolis presentations, but was sad to have missed Mykl Roventine’s presentation at the first Ignite evening “When good people pick bad fonts.” Mykl is a friend of mine and I was excited to hear he planned to give a repeat performance at the speaker reunion. It was so funny, especially for people who have a bone to pick with Comic Sans.  Watch now, it will only take 5 minutes.

What would you speak about at an Ignite presentation? They are looking for passionate speakers for the next event – learn more here!

And if you’re interested in my Ignite topic, you can see it here.

Jan
06

Learn more about the new Veta Smart Case for your EpiPen that connects with you through an app on your smart phone.

What I’m about to share with you is a game changer for the world of food allergies. Seriously.

If you or your child or partner carries an EpiPen for severe allergies, ask yourself if you have you ever:

  • left home without your emergency medications and not realize it until you’re far away?
  • worried that your medication got too hot or too cold when you accidentally left it in your car?
  • had anxiety about your child at school or daycare and want to make sure you are alerted immediately if they have a reaction?
  • tried to remember when the medication expires, but it’s at another location and you can’t check it?

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