Sunday, June 20, 2010

Stress and Food Allergies: What's Coming



I'm back! I've spent the last few months trying to get my health back on track and really focusing on where I want this blog to go. This has been and always will be a mom blog. And, as I mom, life gets in my way and I get distracted for a day or two on other things. Thanks for sticking with me!!

I'm going to start using video on this blog. Let me know what you think. Is this helpful for you instead of reading all of my rants? Listen to the video and I'll talk about what is coming up this week. We'll talk about stress and food allergies but the video will give you a glimpse into who I am and what has been going on with me.

Enjoy!!

11 comments:

WendyandGabe said...

I know that video blogging is a big trend right now, but I hope that you will continue to use text as well since the sound does not work on my computer and I enjoy reading your blog.

Jacqui said...

Robin.. LOVE the video blog! It's so good to put a face to the site. :) Stress and food allergies... yep.. there right now... in fact starting with a counselor today, as I just can't seem to deal lately. My biggest stress is the fact that I have to be the one on alert at all times, as no one else seems to get it. So I'm always "on"... and that's stressful! I can't seem to instill in my DH and inlaws how serious this can be.. ugh!

To The Moon and Back said...

Robyn, it's good to have you back. I'm glad to hear you are healthy.

I myself wonder how the food allergies my daughter has affects me. I couldn't wait until school was out for summer this year, mostly because I needed a break from the constant vigilance (at school) and the stress. It does get exhausting.

The video is great, but there are times I cannot listen to something so I'm hoping you still do some write ups:)

Kristen said...

Video was great, thanks! FAAN's last newsletter talked about watching out for your child's stress turning into a clinical disorder (like OCD). As a clinical psychologist myself and a mom of a 21 month old with pnut and sesame allergies, I think that we cannot overlook the potential stress for us. I know that seeing a therapist weekly is helping me greatly keep things in perspective. We can't live all day thinking the worst MIGHT happen when the best amazing moments are taking place right in front of us...and we could miss them if we're too stuck on our worrisome thoughts. Good luck to all and BREATHE!!!

Karen in NC said...

It was neat to put a live (sort of) face with your blog....however with three small children it took be about 2 hours to be able to listen to 6 minutes. Reading it is much easier for me...but I understand it's hard to always do that. On the stress subject: My hubby thinks I'm causing our child to be obsessive about his allergy (freaking out if he forgets and touches his face after he's been playing on a public playground or something, for example). I am a worrier for sure so my stress level just doubled when I found out that both of my boys have severe peanut allergy a couple of weeks ago.... :-(

Anonymous said...

Hi Robyn,
I think the video is a great addition to your blog. I also like reading the text. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Food allergies are very stressful. My daughter is allergic to most of the tree-nuts and peanuts. All my thoughts seem to revolve around food. It really can be consuming. I have a "radar" for "nuts". If I hear any talk of food, I'm thinking oh no, no nuts. We just went away this past week to Hershey. It was a short trip. But before I go, I first find out what restaurants and food places are on our way and check out menus. When you have food allergies, you can't really be spur of the moment. You always have to have safe snacks packed and know what safe food options are in the area. One thing that really gets to me is that I have to constantly remind some people we visit. I wish they would all "get it" and I wouldn't have to be the nut police when we go somewhere.

Linda

Karen said...

Linda-I totally know what you mean...seems like every single time we visit family and friends (though we've told everyone countless times) there is always something with nuts in it... :-(

Christelle said...

I liked seeing the video- I guess my one piece of advice would be to have a time limit on the videos for the busy moms (myself included).

Re:stress- I'm there right now- feeling very alone and in need of a support group- so far you're it (and a couple of other blogs I read and the peanut allergy forum, but that feels so impersonal most of the time.)

This allergy sucks. The responsibility of always having safe food on hand, ALWAYS reminding people as was already mentioned on here, never being able to eat out or just go to a friend's for dinner easily, the mind-bogglingness of cross contamination...

Stress levels are super high right now as I prepare for trip back to Canada from Japan with my sweet two year old p/a son (who is also allergic to eggs, hope I'm not underworrying about that one) and bringing seven guests to Canada for one week which means hotels and eating out in addition to the regular worry of staying with relatives who have no experience with food allergies and therefore want to leave everything to me :( Not to mention the flight over. Stress stress stress stress stress...

Karen in NC said...

Christelle-hang in there...you are not alone in this! :-)

K-tribe said...

Hi! I just found your blog! Yes my daughter has numerous life threating food allergries. We have found a new one every 6 months or so. I am just starting to blog about that aspect of our lives as well...
Hang in there. You can do it!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for having this blog. We have looked at it for a long time. My son, also Tyler, has tree nut allergies. He was able to try peanuts last year because his numbers were low enough and he has been doing great. He has been eating peanut items about 1-2 times every 2 weeks. He still doesn't like peanut butter (except for PotBellies Sandwich Co.) or Reese's PB cups, but he loves Whatchamacallits and Mr. Good Bars, so that is what he eats. I do like your blog. The video portion would be great if you were looking straight into the camera (and not down into it) and if you didn't say "um" all of the time. It is very hard to follow because of that. Tweek those two things and the video and keeping up on the writing would be awesome.
Cyndy