Yes, Veronica, There Can Be Home Ec. for Allergic Kids

I mentioned in an earlier post that we were finally hitting the time when our allergic  child was scheduled to begin the Foods portion of her grade seven rotation and we had not yet decided whether that was going to be a viable option for our child.

These  new situations as allergic children grow up bring back all of that anxiety of just how much we can trust someone else with the life of our child and, now that she’s 12, the emotional and social aspects of dealing with a life threatening food allergy in school.

Thankfully, we’ve always had great support at school from school administration, staff, and other families and students with very little controversy.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop me from having sleepless nights imagining what might happen.  These are anxieties my husband and I try very hard not to pass along to our child but even hiding those often unfounded fears from her can be stressful itself.

Our meeting went very well and included the principal, the home ec teacher and our child.  A great bonus was that the home ec. teacher has a grown up daughter who has severe lactose intolerance which does not respond to lactaid pills so she’s known a lifetime of avoidance of dairy.  Life is always so much easier as an allergic parent when who you’re talking to has walked in your shoes, even slightly.

So we’re going ahead!  A stove will be set aside for my child, I’ll be sending in utensils and baking equipment which will be kept in a sealed bin we provide and washed only by my child and her baking partner.  In addition,  my child’s baking partner has a brother with peanut allergy so this will allow that child to bring home safe class projects to share with her family.  The teacher will be providing me with all of the term’s recipes and I’ve offered to purchase the items we’ve deemed as unsafe due to bulk purchase and/or possible cross-contamination.

I’m thrilled and my child feels comfortable. Whatever extras we may need to do to make this work is nothing compared to the freedom of being (generally) like the other kids.  As Mastercard says, that’s priceless.