Posts from ‘Health’

Jun
06

Disclosure: This blog post outlines details from a Mylan Blogger Summit I attended in May 2015. Mylan (the pharma company that makes EpiPens) paid for my travel expenses and a Disneyland Resort park ticket in exchange for my evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting. All comments made by me about EpiPen (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector, Mylan, and/or the Mylan Blogger Summit are at my own discretion and based on my own opinions.

My love and drive to keep my child safe from multiple, severe food allergies motivates me to learn as much as I can about anaphylaxis.

As a food allergy parent and advocate (see food allergy posts here), I occasionally have the opportunity to partner with various companies to help increase awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Those of you who know me understand that I’m cautious about these types of relationships and am very careful to make sure that the relationships are mutually beneficial. By this, I mean that I’m not willing to simply be a “mouthpiece” for a company in exchange for a free meal or, in this case, a free trip. There needs to be something compelling that will either help me to be a better parent/manage my child’s food allergies and/or allows me to help other families as an advocate.

I’ve been invited to attend multiple blogger events hosted by Mylan over the past few years. I’ve been able to attend one a few years ago in New York and, most recently, one in California last month. They definitely make these events worth my while because they give me the ability to:

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May
31

These goofballs visited me in the hospital a couple of times while I was waiting for surgery.

It was last Monday night, Memorial Day actually, and I had just laid down on the couch with a sigh after putting away the last of laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, wiping down counters and getting the kids ready for bed. A typical weeknight scene around here. But then something weird happened.

The upper part of my stomach, right up near my chest started cramping up.

I was dizzy.

Nausea hit me so hard I ran for the bathroom.

And then cold sweats, so hot and cold at the same time that I started stripping off all my clothes because I couldn’t decide what temperature I was. I found my way to bed and lay down, breathing rapidly and was slightly disoriented. Something was wrong. I knew it wasn’t normal. I was worried.

My mind raced, thinking about what could possibly be happening. And then it hit me… I grabbed my phone and looked up “heart attack symptoms for women” because I remembered learning they are “different for women than they are for men” and that many women don’t recognize the signs in themselves. Here’s what I found from American Heart Association:

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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
23

Get tickets to the famous Water Park of America for only $15 per person at a special event April 19 from 4-8 p.m. – that’s about 1/2 of the usual price!

The Food Allergy Support Group of MN is hosting a water park day at Water Park of America and is selling tickets at a discounted rate of only $15 per person. Ticket sales raise money to provide education and support programs for families with food allergies.

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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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