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Living With Food Allergies – I’m Not Pulling any Punches

Birthday parties will never be the same.   It doesn’t matter how old your kid is when you find out he has food allergies, the first thing that goes through your head is; he’s never going to have a normal life.   I know it sounds melodramatic – to you maybe, if your kid doesn’t […]

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On the outside I’m a hippie freakshow, on the inside…About Jen Kehl

Living Outside the Box You may think I’m a contradiction. I listen to the Grateful Dead, I buy only organic when I can, I vote conservative. I don’t wear makeup, I buy expensive shampoo, I owned a Bugaboo and I buy most of my clothes at Target. I read my bible everyday, old and new […]

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Snickers Melt in Your Mouth and Then Kill You

  Imagine this scene: Little kid sweet voice, expectant, happy: Trick or treat! Evil mother of kid: Sorry you can’t have that buddy, or that, or… well, maybe at the next house!   This is the life of a child with life threatening food allergies at Halloween. Once our parents worried about razor blades in […]

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Who Are You Calling Special?

So I’m sitting in my bed feeling fairly crabby, and really not interested in writing – although I had every intention of doing so. I am reading people’s work, I am considering watching some back episodes on my iPad. Then my son starts hacking. If you know me, then you know my son sleeps with […]

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Making the Decision to Possibly Harm Your Child in Order to Help Him

I woke up this morning with a tightness in my chest, my head throbbing.  I didn’t have to guess at the cause, I knew it. All night Isaiah had been tossing and turning, and in those few moments when he was motionless I would put my hand on his chest to make sure he was […]

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I’m Always Confounding Things

So I’m sitting in my bed feeling fairly crabby, and really not interested in writing – although I had every intention of doing so. I am reading people’s work, I am considering watching some back episodes on my iPad. Then my son starts hacking. If you know me, then you know my son sleeps with […]

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I Know Why I Started, Now How Do I Stop?

I had dreams you know. Dreams of having a baby that would sleep in a crib; happily cooing at its mobile, living in the beautifully serene room I had decorated. A baby who might sleep through the night after 8 weeks (lies). We have a first floor master, a good friend whose twins were 9 […]

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Sensory Processing Disorder Can Be Funny Too

Once upon a time I wrote this blog. I wrote this blog under the guise of wanting to help parents of children with special needs. Most specifically sensory processing disorder, but also tic disorders, severe food allergies, environmental allergies and asthma. I also included spectrum disorders, because “They” were trying to place my child there. I […]

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You are safe even when I am scared

How do you help your child feel safe when you are scared?  I had a lot of time to think about that today as we experienced our second anaphylactic reaction to allergy shots in less than two months.  If you read my post Would you know anaphylactic shock if you saw it? you would know […]

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Those Mystery Bumps

Isaiah gets mystery bumps.  Isaiah is allergic to peanuts, all tree nuts, shellfish, fish, eggs and sesame.  He’s anaphylactic to almost all of those.  He is also allergic to every environmental allergen they can test you for.  All pollens, tree, grass, flower. All the various dust and mold components, cats, dogs, you name it.  He’ll […]