Peanut allergy: The skin prick test
Dec22

Peanut allergy: The skin prick test

It’s just over four years since my eldest’s peanut allergy was confirmed with a consumption test, which is a pretty scary thing where a person has to eat a small quantity of the thing they’re allergic too. As someone who isn’t asthmatic, my son is considered to be fairly low risk. But always at the back of my mind is the knowledge that peanuts could kill him. When he reacts, his face swells up. It’s...

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Project 365 2015 Week 50
Dec12

Project 365 2015 Week 50

Christmas has finally made it to my blog – at least two weeks after everyone else. Although we still don’t have a Christmas tree, which is perfectly normal for us for this time of year and totally my choice. Here’s our week in pictures… Day 340 – Sunday 6th December – we went to the Christmas tree festival at our local church. We won third prize in the raffle (a hamper) – I’ve never seen...

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The peanut allergy and the risk assessment
May20

The peanut allergy and the risk assessment

My eldest has a peanut allergy. I’ll be honest, we don’t give it much thought. The rest of us love peanut butter and having a boy who’s allergic to peanuts in the family doesn’t stop us. We just know to be very careful with hand and utensil washing after eating it or making sandwiches – and not to make his sandwiches at the same time. We didn’t even realise he had the allergy until he was nearly 10....

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No time to work
Jul10

No time to work

I work on Tuesdays. I don’t usually blog on Tuesdays. I have no time. I go from work to swimming lessons to my own dance lesson with barely chance to breathe. But, look! It’s Tuesday. I am not working. I am blogging. But why? Today my son has a hospital appointment about his peanut allergy. At 11.15. The hospital is ALWAYS running late – 10 minutes late is early, half an hour late is standard and an hour late is...

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Peanut query
Feb06

Peanut query

When my son had his peanut allergy test a couple of months ago, I was informed that ‘the clinic would be in touch’. The test was carried out by a paediatric nurse, supervised by a consultant paediatrician. They are experts at caring for children, they are not experts at allergies, and I still had some questions to ask. But it’s OK, I would ask the clinic. Well, the clinic has been in touch. And they want to see my...

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