May 23, 2012

Today Is the Day!

Today is the day that I have been dreaming about for 7 years since my son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. Today we go into hospital where his allergist will slowly and carefully feed him peanut butter. If he passes this "oral challenge", our lives will change forever.

I just bought Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as per the doctor’s instructions. It’s the first time I’ve bought them in 7 long years. Apparently many peanut-allergic children don't like the taste of peanut butter so it can be hard to distinguish distaste from an allergic reaction. Hence the Peanut Butter Cups (what's not to like about chocolate and peanut butter?).
L is thrilled at the prospect of never having to wear his Epipen again, taking off his MedicAlert bracelet and just eating whatever he wants. I’m excited to possibly buy peanut butter again, to grocery shop without reading every single label and to send him to play-dates and sleepovers without worry. I'm sure that friends and family are looking forward to preparing and serving food without fear of causing an adverse reaction.
I’m also a bit terrified. What if he has a reaction in the hospital? He’s (thankfully) never had full-blown anaphylaxis and I don’t want to see it. I tell myself that he will be in hospital and closely watched with all modern medical technology at hand. I’m thankful that my husband will be there with me so I’m not having to put on a brave face by myself.
Please keep all fingers and toes crossed and pray to your divine connections. I’ll keep you posted...

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May 07, 2012

Summer Camp Available in the 'Hood

(This is a special message about a summer camp available this summer in my neighbourhood. Regularly scheduled posting will resume soon.)

Looking for a summer camp in the Junction this summer?
The Junction Daycare (located in Annette Public School) is offering day camps this summer for children aged 6-12 years. In addition to fun and creative weekly themes, every week includes either a special trip away from the daycare or a visit to the daycare from a special guest. There are also arts and crafts to complement the theme of the week. 
Junction Daycare is a non-profit daycare centre operated by a parent board of directors. They are staffed by Early Childhood Educators and Teaching Assistants, with first aid training. Activities and trips are planned by staff with input from parents. Activities are all safe, fun and developmentally appropriate.
For more information: 
Junction Day Care Centre
265 Annette St. Toronto, ON M6P 1R3 
416-767-2991 and speak to Virginia, Verona, or Laura
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