What if my food allergy was a real, live person? What if I could talk to him about what he’s taught me over the years? Every Thursday, I get that chance. See link to my daily food allergy blog in bio. ⠀

BLOG POST — I'm sitting at the table when Mr. A, my allergy, runs over to me. He's holding three huge textbooks and two backpacks. He's smiling broadly.⠀

"Why are you so happy?" I ask. ⠀

"It's back to school time," he says. "I love back to school time!"⠀

"You do?" I ask. "Why?"⠀

"I love all the anxiety it causes parents and kids," Mr. A says. "They are so, so, so, so, so worried about how they're going to do it all with their allergy."⠀

"You're pathetic," I say mater of factly. "Stop gloating over someone's pain."⠀

He chuckles. "It's what I do."⠀

I continue: "Anyway, school is awesome when it comes to the allergy. It's the perfect place for kids to learn how to manage and navigate living with an allergy."⠀

"Huh?" he interrupts. "What do you mean perfect place?"⠀

"When set up correctly, and under the eyes of trained and responsible administrators, teachers and staff, school is a safe space for kids to learn how to thrive," I explain. "Sure it can cause some initial anxiety because of the unknown. But just like it can teach our children how to read and write and perform high level math skills, school can also teach them how to become geniuses at living and thriving with an allergy."⠀

Mr. A loses his smile. ⠀

"Why are you always ruining a good thing?" he says. "Why are you always trying to knock me down."⠀

I chuckle. "It's what I do."⠀

(This awesome picture above is by Ben White!)⠀

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  • adielsi2
    @thelandofcan thank you so much for sharing the great advice! Great idea to have a change of clothes in the nurse’s office. Maybe we’ll keep some back up snacks too in case the milk gets on his lunch. - 6 months ago
  • food_allergy_life
    Perfect! - 6 months ago
  • thelandofcan
    @leila.potpourri My parents told me recently just how nervous they were before every new stage of school. I never realized it. I firmly believe that once they understood it, students and teachers were more accommodating of my allergy than many of the adults outside of the school setting. It’s about being diligent, having a plan, and figuring out the balance of being safe without causing unnecessary attention or embarrassment. I loved my time in school and it really did give me the chance to figure out how I was going to manage it in the real world. - 6 months ago
  • leila.potpourri
    My anxiety is at an all time high. Oldest is starting HS, second oldest starting middle school. Schools have been accommodating, but still... - 6 months ago
  • thelandofcan
    @adielsi2 Great question. This is not medical advice.... my parents and school nurse always taught me the importance of 1. Not panicking (milk on the table or on my hand is not the same as me drinking it)., 2. If I touched it or if it got on me to keep my hands to the side away from my face, etc, and, with a predetermined buddy, to get to the nearest adult and/or to the nurse immediately. 3. Have a change of clothing in the nurse’s office. They told me time and time again that things like this might happen (which is why we have a plan) and that I shouldn’t panic... and that I can’t control spills but I can control my response to them. - 6 months ago
  • adielsi2
    Do you have any tips for avoiding milk spills during lunch in K - 2nd? - 6 months ago