Food allergies & the independent preteen

bookcover 2-1The sun is finally shinning in Michigan and my 12 year old is riding up to the gas station in the neighborhood with a couple buddies to get “Frozen cokes”. For most, this treat is pretty innocent, even those with food allergies. My son asks permission thankfully and I give him some money as I dash over to the kitchen counter to grab his epinephrine, ” It’s just pop mom I don’t need that”. my son replies. Thank you to the sweet buddy of his whom he has been friends with for 10 years who has the common sense to comment to my son that YES indeed he should take it.  I know it’s not cool – but it’s not “uncool” and anybody that knows him would be eager to have him be safe than sorry.

I got him the Auvi – Q – a new device that is way more discreet than an Epipen (especially for boys to carry). I mean I can’t make my son carry a man purse at 12? Can I ?  As I write this post and it is quiet in the house, I hear sirens and of course my mind starts going ( don’t tell me you don’t do this too !).  I’m casually waiting for the boys to come home safe and that I see no hives or any reaction on his sweet face that is growing up so quicky.  As the days go by I realize I have less and less control over his actions and I must make the right choices by keeping my fears in control. Although, if I don’t worry, who will ? Not my calm husband, thank goodness he is the voice of reason when I have already written a negative scenario of the next 2 hours.

I won’t wait till the Frozen coke run is over to finish this post; I will go about my business hoping that I made some good choices over the years in how I taught my son how to manage his food allergies.  I will not buy the iPhone app when it comes out that monitors my son’s blood pressure and alerts me when it is low.  I will be a calm, caring mother (not as calm as my husband) that has faith in her child to keep himself as safe as possible; because if I am not, what good will I be ? Oh, by the way – they just got back (I’m a slow writer) and I feel better :).



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