Food Allergies vs Faith

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I am coming forward to shed a new light on some things.

I haven’t talked too much about food allergies since my daughter was fighting for her life May 2012. Just because I didn’t talk about it much or throw statistics at everyone doesn’t mean I wasn’t praying for miracles, not only for my child but for every child out there battling their food allergies. I didn’t know much about food allergies till that dreaded day.

I didn’t know it could mean life or death within minutes of eating something or that I would spend so much time and energy researching things you have to do to make sure any food you touch was safe. I am not talking about just reading labels here. I am talking about the every detail of everything you do.

Did you know that half of the time you have to either call companies, or send them an e-mail to see what is actually in their food? You spend most of your time helping, or protecting your child. It is not just about companies, it’s also restaurants. Those times where you just want to go sit down as a family and have someone cook for you. After doing some research in our  town, we found that we only have two options for sit down restaurants: Cracker Barrel & Olive Garden. Even though recently, Cracker Barrel changed their menu, so I will have to contact  them before our next visit to make sure they are still food allergy aware, and if anything has changed.

Half of the time, we (parents of food allergy kids) just want people to ‘get’ it. It is life or death. How hard is that for people to understand? When you have a child who is sick  you don’t take them to the hospital for them to run around and play. So, why would I take my food allergy child to your birthday party and let her run around free of everything, when I have no clue what is there. I have no clue what is in the cake, the ice cream, and those donuts you decided to pick up and bring. So sorry if I come off being “overly protected”, I am just being a mom.  

Food allergies just happen. It is not planned out. It is not something that I would wish on anyone. Just because one day my child eats nuts, then the next day she is in the ER, doesn’t mean I am just going to go back to our way of life before. That ONE day changed our life, and we changed our life-style. It is a way of living, it can be restrictive but at least this is something I can battle. This is something I can manage.

Your next question could be about my faith. “If your faith is strong enough you wouldn’t worry so much. Let Go, Let God” Really? So, I should just throw that common sense God gave me right out the window and say “Run along Jade! I will watch you from here! Even though I saw you battling for your life, I just want you free-spirited. In the meantime, I will sit over in my corner and pray while you run free”

So, let me inform you about my faith.

My faith is loading my daughter up on the bus every morning for school. I don’t know what Sally has brought on the bus that morning. I don’t know if Sally is going to give Jade her walnut ice cream, or did Sally just saved her Nutella sandwich to share with Jade on the bus. Don’t tell me this can’t happen, because when I was in school I brought snacks on the bus. My ride was an hour and half, so of course, I brought me something! Who is not to say some little kid does the same? Why would a kid bring something so dangerous on the bus? The reason why is because to that child it isn’t dangerous. That kid is living the Free-Spirited life.

My faith is letting my daughter into a public school. A public school where they have no clue, nor have they seen a child go through Anaphylactic shock. The teachers and staff don’t know what to even look for if something happens to my child. I have to tell them the warnings signs. My faith is, for them to remember exactly what I told them.

My faith knows God can change this. My everyday prayer is finding a cure, finding a way to ‘fix’ whatever is wrong. And now my faith is really showing and do you want to know why? Because just today we found out that Jade might have outgrown her allergies, but that’s not why I have faith now. I have faith now because I am going to put her life in her Doctors hand. The Doctor is going to do a food challenge and feed her Walnuts. The Doctor and Nurses will watch her closely. I will be facing the devil head on, but I will not bow my head. I will push through because I know who has this, and it is not me. So, next time you hear food allergies think about everything it takes for that parent to push through everyday life. Don’t judge them; don’t start pointing fingers at them, because in my eyes they have the best positive outlook on life. For they know what true Faith is.

 

Ohh Yeahh Im Kicking

Tomorrow, I will update on my blog hops, but right now is a time to update yall with whats going on with me.

My neck is still hurting, but I have managed to somewhat keep my weight under control. I will know more November 3rd when I go back to the dr for a check up, but I get to start my weight loss pills once my neck heals, so right now I am just resting, reading to Jade and spending time with my hubby.

Most of you know hubby just went on 8 hr work days and off on weekends, but after this semester it looks like he will be put back on swing shift and only off every other weekend. When he was on swing shift last time he was only home 1 day per week due to mandatory overtime, so I am taking this time and spending all the amounts I can with him. 😀 Because I just might love him a little bit haha!

I will update as the weeks roll on. I am sorry I havent been commenting, visiting your blogs, or anything, but I promise it will get there eventually. I also will be posting book reviews, as that seems to be what I do now, lay and read lol.

I miss all of you 😀 and I hope you guys are doing well and having a fabulous weekend.

Hugs and such virtually,

Jenna

How is your weekend? Anything exciting happening?

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My Neck, My Back, Oh My

For the past week. I haven’t been posting a lot. I am beginning to think I have a pinched nerve where the spinal cord meets the neck. It is swollen, however, I am going to the Doctor Oct 5th which is Wednesday!! Yaaay! Not only am I getting my neck seen about but also my weight lost. I miss all of you guys dearly, but I hope to be back soon. xoxo

My weekend was fun and very enjoyable. I even got to cut grass without getting sick. We had a lot of time just us and Jade did lovely in public. No meltdowns nor tantrums! All in All a great weekend!

I have over 500 posts to read and comment OH MY!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend 😀

OH!! and Alabama won their game on Saturday… so that’s a plus HAHA!!

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New Medicine means 5 pound gain!

So, I was put on medicine due to having 4-5 infections since the beginning of the year. They decided to put me on another antibiotic this month (I just got through taking another antibiotic last month). I have noticed during the time I am taking medicine that I am hungry, more than normal. I started craving foods that I haven’t had in over 6 months (Hot fudge brownies, and etc). Well in the last month I have gained 5 pounds! Sucks, right? I know. The demon in my kitchen that larks beneath me as I try to shoo him away. The cravings got so bad I was “smelling” the brownies, yeah I knew I had to do something, but I don’t know how long I can go on like this.
On another hand, it is not just the brownies, but it is now the fact that I have to take this medicine when I go to bed and I am OUT for 12 hours. There is no waking up to go pee, or waking up wondering what time the clock says, or if hubby got up to go to work, OH NO… I am out… ZZZZing for 12 hours straight.

Blah! New medicine… You suck, just so you know.
My tests for my ultrasound and other things all came back fine, but I still have to take the medicine for another 3 weeks… I am really debating on calling them to “switch” my medicine… I hate feeling drowsy!

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Five Question Friday


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1. Vow renewal ceremonies-yay or nay?
I have to say why not? I think a vow renewal is a great way to show your dedication, especially if that couple has been through a rough road, and overcome battles of health, or life. I think it would be a great idea 🙂 So, YAY!

2. What sound/s annoy you the most?
This reminds me of my Pet Peeves post, haha!
Squeaky wheels on a buggy/shopping cart
Silverware on a plate… aggghh!!!
Someone blowing their nose, and you can hear the stuff coming out… eww GAG
The sound of “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, I HAVE TO GO PEE!!” – Sigh, Just go!

3. If you had to pick, would you have only all boys, or only all girls for kids?

Had to pick!? Why can’t we just have both? 🙂

4. Do you believe in alternative medicine?

I believe in any type of medicine that will help someone.

5. Would you take a family member’s children and raise them if they needed it?
Depends. Are these children that are under the age of 12? I wouldn’t want to raise 12 or over kids that are “troubled” kids. Maybe if they lost their parent, then yeah, but just because something happened and the parents didn’t want them, then no. A.K.A I wouldn’t want obnoxious kids.
On the other hand if the kids were behaved and didn’t think the whole world should just give them whatever, then yeah 🙂

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July’s Weight Loss Update

It has been a month since I posted about my personal challenge of weight loss. I am currently off the diet pill and still working out when I can. I am still pushing myself to the limits as I see my goal before my eyes!

I went to the doctor for my weight loss check-up and I have lost another 5 pounds! – Hello, 167! That’s right! I would celebrate with some ice cream or brownies, but I have passed, but boy if it wasn’t tempting!

I also visited with my mom yesterday. Hubby had to go to class after the doctor’s appointment, so Jade and I spent the rest of the day with my mom. We went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant. Jade loves the chip and dip as much as I do. They even had a band playing right before it was time for us to leave. Jade even got up to dance, walked closer to see the band perform. However, we went back to the table to get our leftovers and the band followed us. Jade was okay with the little 4 man crew till they stepped closer to our booth. She was scared, and starting yelling, she pointed her finger to the door and said, “Go to TRUCK, Nana”, but the band backed a way a little bit and she seemed to be okay. It was a great time anyway. We left from the restaurant to go to my mom’s house. I helped with fixing her bark as the rain misplaced it in the cul-de-sac. Jade helped to by holding down the rocks in the neighbors flower bed.

Overall, yesterday was fun, but unfortunately all days have to come to an end.

How was your Wednesday?

Oh, How Pretty

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Day 11
– Something people seem to compliment you the most on

  1. Eyes
  2. Weight Loss
  3. Hair
  4. Smile
  5. Personality

My eyes are very pretty. They change color, so people usually always look at my eyes. You never know what color they will be. I really love them, too 🙂

Beauty comes as much from the mind as from the eye.”  ~Grey Livingston

Here is some pics of eyes, weight loss, and smile. I hope you can gather some of my personality through my posts.  🙂

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One way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.
Cyril Connolly

I was smiling yesterday,I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow.Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.
Santosh Kalwar

One’s personality can be understood from the people they mingle with.
Kazi Shams

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Thankful Thursday

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This week I am thankful for…
A new phone
Hubby cutting the grass (with a push mower)
Maintaining my diet
Hubby’s birthday bash
Seeing my Childhood friend
Watching my daughter express her feelings
My flowers are growing!!! (I use to be a brown thumb)
Reading, Reading, Reading (Still on Red Lily by Nora 1 chapter to go!)
The grilled chicken
Grilled squash (my first time on an electric skillet)
Friends and Family
Paw-paw (he still hasn’t heard about his CT Scan, but he thinking that not       hearing back might be good news!)
Laying out – enjoying the sun
Rain
Hubby’s work
Power & Water
My daughter is fully potty trained (has been for awhile, but usually she has accidents but not this week) 🙂
The groundhog is no longer missing
Unconditional Love

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

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Confessions

Since I have been posting about happiness, apologies, and etc I feel the need to do one about my own confessions.

I have never been the person to point out all my flaws, never wanted anyone to “judge” me or have something to talk about. As I write this I am not only writing it because I want to, I am writing it so someone else can learn from me.

Here it goes…

When I was in high school I was trying out for the basketball team. I was doing great til it came the time to run the mile. Now, let me just give you my health issues in high school – I was anemic, allergies, asthma, hypoglycemic, but I never told anyone of these. I dealt with them the best I knew how, except for my asthma. Anyway, I was running the mile, trying to keep up with everyone. My mom was in the stands and so I wanted her to be proud of me one way or another. I was doing everything I could to keep up with everyone, not thinking about how I was breathing or how I felt like I was going to die, til I got to like lap 10 or so. It was a long way to run a mile in the gym, it was like going around in circles, over and over again. As I begin to realize that I was getting light headed and feeling my heartbeat through my head, I stopped. Coach asked me if I was done and I couldn’t even talk. I just nodded to agree. I didn’t want to pass out in the floor to get “attention” or embarrass” my mom.

So, after I “lied” to the coach, I felt bad. Not only for myself, but for my mom. I got home that night, my mom telling me how I had embarrassed her anyhow. Which, mom never knew why I stopped, as I never really talked about my own “failures”.

A few days went by and I couldn’t take it anymore. The guilt hard on my mind, and I knew this was wrong. I hated being a failure to myself. During break one day I went to find the Coach, noticed he was in his classroom and I told him the truth. I told him I never finished the mile, I lied. I begin to tell him why I stopped and he understand. He told me he was proud of me for telling him what really happened and even told me he still had more room on the team if I wanted it. I told him I didn’t deserve it after everything was done.

This is when I learned from my own mistake. I never lied again, I would rather tell someone the truth then to totally feel the guilt within myself. So, this is why I know apologizing, and telling the truth is always better. It not only proves something to yourself, but it makes you feel better about yourself.

Never give up in what you believe in, because then you can be a better person, not just in other peoples eyes, but your own.

“Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.”~ Brian Tracy

My Journey May 27th

I have decided to make a post about my journey through my weight lost. I have already lost 13 pounds and counting. I do not weight myself every day, as I believe that really doesn’t help. Your body is going to go up and down in weight. You are never the same in the morning, as you are at night. So, you can’t expect your pounds to be the same day by day. You will have good days, and bad days. Never let your “weight” upset you, if you are happy in the results you are getting, and how you are feeling, and then go with it! You are the only one to make yourself happy, and don’t count on the small things to bring you down.

Any who, I am 25 years old, 5’3 is my height, and I am 178 lbs (as of May 2nd).  I will post pictures, maybe once a month, or the days I go to the Dr. I am not sure yet, if you have ideas, please let me know.

I believe that friends will motivate you, and also that it comes within. If you don’t want to do something you will find 13 million excuses not to, than someone who likes doing it and wants it to be done. Self discipline is a must. If you cheat and drink a coke, then you need to burn off those extra calories.

I am not on a strict diet either. I watch what I eat with proportions, and eat 1 sweet before 6:00 pm, if I want a sweet that day. I, however, have cut out my sodas, pop, or coke, whichever word you use 😀 I have become a fan of flavored water, the little packs you can peel and pour into your 20 oz water bottle. If I work outside in the yard for more than an hour or 2 then I will not exercise in the house. Working outside is hot enough for me, and I am totally exhausted by the time I get back in the house. Sometimes, I am outside for 4-6 hours at a time, just depends on the temperature or shade. I do take a diet pill but on June 3rd I will no longer be taking it. I will be off of it for 3 months. If I gain weight in 3 months I will not be able to get the diet pill back until I lose the weight I gained. So, now you know what I do and I hope I can keep you motivated and try to keep myself motivated. I will post daily, or try to about what I eat or what I do for exercise that day. (Lisa, you better remind me, and vice versa, pinch Kayla into doing this with us) I will update this with a recent picture of me, as soon as I find my camera charger (Bah!!! Don’t know where Hubby put it)

If I exercise inside, it is on the Wii (Just Dance 2) or the elliptical. I will post either, how many songs I do, and how long with the Just Dance 2 and with the elliptical I will post how many calories I burn, and how many minutes I done it. I love doing the Just Dance 2, its fun and you can sing along. If you have kids they can do it with you 😀 (Even though Jade likes crawling around my legs and I step on her on accident sometimes)

The end of May results

May 27th
Morning: I had a cup of Honey Nut Cheerios with ½ cup of 2% milk
Lunch: A banana 😮 with 16 oz of water
Dinner: Sandwich (honey smoked turkey with a tsp of Mayo on one side of the bread, Mustard on the other slice) with 20 oz of water

Exercise: spray painted my doors, played around outside from 2:00pm til 8pm.  (small breaks of course)

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