Everyday Explorer

Last weekend Indi got to try on this brilliant Astronaut suit and underneath he wore his Allergy T.Shirt. Finding the balance with keeping him safe and letting him go and explore often involves a thoughtful step.

It can be planning for a big expedition or just an everyday stepping stone.

We have discussed the recent campaign over the need for everyone to wash hands and not put hands to face. Something we are very accustomed to doing in our home and especially out and about before eating.

Sitting on a plane or in a café where they have nuts, Indi takes sensible precautions to prevent the chance of contamination. Generally we don’t eat somewhere where they have peanuts in the kitchen. Although, this is by no means fool proof as we have had incidences of NO NUTS in the kitchen but the chef has just eaten dry roasted peanuts. Luckily, I had gone to speak with the chef and noticed the packet on a shelf. It was his ‘go to snack’ in a busy working kitchen.

He had not connected the chance of traces of peanuts from his snacking entering the nut free ingredients in the food on the menu.

There are many moments where I think how lucky we were that we  avoided Indi eating something with peanuts in.

A sleepover at friends when he was 7 years old could have been disastrous. I was in a quandary as to whether to let him actually stay the night.

Last minute, I arranged to pick him up late with pyjamas on and all kids ready for bed. As they gathered their belongings the mother of the child whose party it was sent them all upstairs with empty bags to fill with midnight snacks. Unaware that there were some packets that had Erdnuss/Peanut Wotsit snacks from Germany in the selection.

Another moment of trusting my intuition. Yet after such an incident it is always good to take a moment to reflect. Getting the correct harmony between safety and still taking part in fun activities.

All other food all day had been closely monitored by the very caring and considerate mother.

We learnt from this to ask questions. To supply snacks ourselves that we know are safe if more reassuring for everyone.

Although every day involves consideration regarding staying safe with an allergy. It does not need to stop you from having Adventures.

‘Did you know that in space it’s very cold? And there’s no oxygen? And if an Astronaut fell out of a shuttle without their suit on they would die right away.’

I’m a fast learner. ‘But that would never happen. Because astronauts are really, really careful.’

Last weekend Indi got to try on this brilliant Astronaut suit and underneath he wore his Allergy T.Shirt. Finding the balance with keeping him safe and letting him go and explore often involves a thoughtful step.

It can be planning for a big expedition or just an everyday stepping stone.

We have discussed the recent campaign over the need for everyone to wash hands and not put hands to face. Something we are very accustomed to doing in our home and especially out and about before eating.

Sitting on a plane or in a café where they have nuts, Indi takes sensible precautions to prevent the chance of contamination. Generally we don’t eat somewhere where they have peanuts in the kitchen. Although, this is by no means fool proof as we have had incidences of NO NUTS in the kitchen but the chef has just eaten dry roasted peanuts. Luckily, I had gone to speak with the chef and noticed the packet on a shelf. It was his ‘go to snack’ in a busy working kitchen.

He had not connected the chance of traces of peanuts from his snacking entering the nut free ingredients in the food on the menu.

There are many moments where I think how lucky we were that we  avoided Indi eating something with peanuts in.

A sleepover at friends when he was 7 years old could have been disastrous. I was in a quandary as to whether to let him actually stay the night.

Last minute, I arranged to pick him up late with pyjamas on and all kids ready for bed. As they gathered their belongings the mother of the child whose party it was sent them all upstairs with empty bags to fill with midnight snacks. Unaware that there were some packets that had Erdnuss/Peanut Wotsit snacks from Germany in the selection.

Another moment of trusting my intuition. Yet after such an incident it is always good to take a moment to reflect. Getting the correct harmony between safety and still taking part in fun activities.

All other food all day had been closely monitored by the very caring and considerate mother.

We learnt from this to ask questions. To supply snacks ourselves that we know are safe if more reassuring for everyone.

Although every day involves consideration regarding staying safe with an allergy. It does not need to stop you from having Adventures.

‘Did you know that in space it’s very cold? And there’s no oxygen? And if an Astronaut fell out of a shuttle without their suit on they would die right away.’

I’m a fast learner. ‘But that would never happen. Because astronauts are really, really careful.’

H. Fitzpatrick

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