a reaction a day

Being an allergy mom is hard, being an allergy mom in a different country that doesn’t speak English is even harder.

It’s no surprise that Arren’s allergies are bad, but we weren’t on a reaction a day bad, until moving to Poland.

The thing about being an expat is you don’t know what you will get, never in my wildest dreams did I think we would move to a country that has his two main allergies around every corner, all the shops and corner shops sell dried out sunflower heads and you will often see people walking around with their sunflower heads, getting their seeds out and spitting the remainder on the floor, you will see people sitting at the bus stop shelling their peanuts and chucking the remainder on the floor.  Almost everything may contain peanuts, and some of the things that doesn’t say anything has caused a reaction.

It’s hard not having a reaction a day when you’re constantly walking in peanut shells and sunflower seeds.  I’ve started preparing myself for the when he goes into anaphalaxys and not the if.

A reaction a day is like getting a new case of ptsd every single day.  The not sleeping, because your toddler is so itchy and miserable, the frustration of having to benadryl all the time, the hopes and prayers that the benadryl works and the gratitude prayers said when he’s okay.

Being an allergy mom is hard, but I love having my sweet, smart, naughty and wonderful boy around to teach me lessons, and show me how to smile even when you don’t feel your best.

2 thoughts on “a reaction a day

  1. Emily of Em Busy Living says:

    I really can’t imagine what this must be like for you, but I also can’t imagine a place where people literally walk around eating and shelling peanuts and sunflower seeds in that way…it seems so bizarre to me regardless. In the US we have a couple of restaurants that serve peanuts in a bucket on the table and you’re expected to drop the mess on the floor, but those would be really easy to avoid if you needed to. Also, sunflower seeds are sort of seen as a snack for baseball games (in my experience) so those would be easy to avoid too. I just can’t fathom someone walking around picking the seeds off the head of a dead sunflower!

    • Melissa says:

      It was such a huge shocker to me! It was so easy to avoid places that people were shelling peanuts and things, but it’s so strange to see people walking around with a sunflower head, it is not small! It’s bizarre, I feel like having a little baggy of shelled sunflowers would be easier and less messy. I read somewhere that a lot of people here do it as a way to quit smoking so your hands are always busy.

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