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Main Discussion Board / Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Last post by spacecanada on Yesterday at 11:40:24 PM »
That helps, hezz, yes.  Are there any specific questions I should be asking, or just try to be as calm as humanly possible in such a situation and notify them if anything feels off or I feel a reaction as the tests progresses?  Should they go over all of that with me before they start?
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Last post by hezzier on Yesterday at 08:03:08 PM »
We did not mix with anything, but some offices do.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Last post by hezzier on Yesterday at 08:02:14 PM »
DS did a challenge for sesame using safe tahini.  We brought the jar.  First they touched it to his skin (maybe his hand), then touched it to his lip.  Next was maybe a toothpick dipped in and touched to his tongue.  Wait 15 minutes.  I can't remember how small they started but it was less than 1/8 of a tsp, then wait 15 min, next dose, wait 15, next dose, wait 15...until the largest dose determined by the allergist, had to wait 15 or more and it was determined to be a pass.

Is that what you are looking for?
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Last post by spacecanada on Yesterday at 07:39:43 PM »
My cooked potato food challenge is set for 15 March.  Could someone here please walk me through best practices for in-office food challenges?
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Recipes & Cooking / Re: Instant Pot!
« Last post by SilverLining on Yesterday at 10:09:00 AM »
I am going to LOVE this thing come summer.

Iím making potato salad.

Peel and cut potatoes. Put in pot with one cup water, place eggs on top.

5 min on high pressure, quick release.

Eggs are sitting it water cooking right now, so hopefully they are firm enough. Potatoes are perfect.

I do not have a steamer rack. I just used the trivet the IP came with. Some potato fell through, but seems fine.

No steamed up kitchen. No pouring of boiling water if you have an actual steamer...which I plan to get.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: EpiPen shortage
« Last post by spacecanada on January 15, 2018, 08:03:54 PM »
Updates: https://www.allergicliving.com/2018/01/15/short-term-supply-shortage-of-epipen-in-canada-what-you-need-to-know/

The article above also mentions another aotuinjector coming to Anasazi in 2018 from Taro Pharmaceuticals.
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Last post by spacecanada on January 15, 2018, 06:32:44 PM »
Way to go, MaryM!  :yes:
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Last post by PurpleCat on January 15, 2018, 04:27:15 PM »
Well all of my chili recipes that we like have a variety of beans in them so to me, chili always has beans!

Great you ate it without issues.

I even use cannelli beans in my smoothies!
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Peanut/Tree Nut Allergy / Re: Peanut allergy and OCD
« Last post by gvmom on January 15, 2018, 04:26:14 PM »
I asked my son to read your post.  He said he completely understood how you felt.  Which, I figured he would because it makes sense to feel uncomfortable around something that could kill you.... easily and horribly. 

When you see a jar of peanut butter, logically you know the peanut butter isn't going to jump out of the jar, force you to eat it and kill you.  But, that jar of peanut butter isn't really a food to you right?  It is full of what could cause you death.  Why shouldn't that make you feel anxious? 

I'd also add, that being sort OCD with germs and cleanliness is something that we also deal with.  For us it has come as a byproduct of vigilance & FA's.  We don't necessarily view that as a bad thing because we think about how we measure something relative to what we have to deal with.

Not letting someone touch your stuff... well.... our kids wouldn't let someone do that either.  For us, that is okay and a good thing because who knows what someone else has touched?  Is that a problem for someone else?  Well, if it is, that is their problem.  If it is viewed as OCD.... okay.  Does it mean then that my DS1 isn't going to obsess about wondering what that person touched before using something of his, and if they had an allergen on their hands which then got on his stuff.... which had been uncontaminated until then.... yes.  Is it better for him to not worry about what is on his phone or is it better for him to appear "normal" to other people? 

We have gotten over trying to live "normally" and live in a way that accepts certain things as part and parcel of having FA's.  My kids carry wipes with them; we carry wipes with us.  None of us has a problem wiping something if they feel like they need to .... logically or even for peace of mind.

If you grew up being taught to be vigilant about what you touched, washing hands, thinking about cross contamination and learning how to be an advocate for yourself, etc., how is it logical that somehow you turn that process off just because it is your parents who are bringing your allergen into what has been a previously "safe" zone? 
 
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Main Discussion Board / Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Last post by MaryM on January 15, 2018, 12:42:27 PM »
I made chili - I used McCormick spices and I used all 3 types of beans (I know real chili doesn't have beans).  I ate some and I am fine.  Proud of myself for not letting my anxiety get the best of me.  I waited a bit until I was less stressed about some things in my life (mammogram) but I did it!  And its a super low point meal for Weigh Watchers and I really need that!
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