Cooking, Freecycle, Homeschooling, Leading Worship…

  • Now that I’ve been cooking without all of Fiala’s allergens for… six dinners now, I feel much better, much less despondent, much less, “What are we going to eat??”  I am trying to concentrate on what we can eat, rather than what we can’t.  My family has been very encouraging, and no one (except Audrey) has balked at the “weird” grains I’ve been serving, like buckwheat and millet.  It also helps that eliminating all of the allergens is REALLY helping her.  I gave Fiala a dose of Benedryl tonight (well, last night, technically — I’m writing this late on Tuesday/early Wednesday) for the first time in several days.  And, I haven’t given her Protopic since Saturday morning.  She was itchy tonight;  I think it was the banana I gave her (and that I ate, as well) earlier today.  She tested negative to banana both on the prick test and the patch test, but I have observed in the past that bananas seemed to bother her… so I’m going to stop the bananas again, no matter what the test showed.  It did taste great eating a banana for the first time in a month, though.  🙂  Short-lived joy, that.
  • Garlic does remain the most difficult thing to live without!  Well, that and rice.  I knew we ate a lot of garlic, but, man!  It’s in everything…  Absolutely pervasive.  I’m trying to decide if I should give everything away that we can’t eat…  I think I will, rather than letting the potatoes rot in the pantry.
  • Speaking of giving things away, I finally gave away all of my maternity clothes on Freecycle today.  I prayed briefly, “God, it would rock if a woman, say, four months pregnant, responded, because then she could use both the summer and the winter stuff I have.”  And, whaddya know?  A very grateful, sweet mother who is 4 months pregnant with her second picked them up, saying, “You don’t KNOW what a blessing this is to my family.”  🙂  Perfect.
  • Historically, me getting rid of all my maternity and small baby stuff is the way to ensure that I GET pregnant immediately.  😮  We’re not trying to conceive, but I must say that I wouldn’t be upset at all if I found out I was pregnant!  I’ll be one of those women in the news, “Pregnant at 57 years old!”  Just kidding.  I’m only 36.  😀
  • We sort of started school last week.  We’re easing into it, mostly because I just don’t have my act together yet!  I had the boys do about 2 hours’ worth this morning, and that’s the most they’ve done in one day, so far…  Today, I also sorted through all of our school stuff, deciding what to keep for future use, what to use for this school year, what to sell, what to pack up for storage, and what to give away.  And, if you’re thinking, “Shouldn’t you have done that weeks ago?” you’re right. :lookofchagrin:  I still need to make a schedule, which has kept me from hittin’ it hard… but ~sigh~ some school is better than no school, I guess!!  I hope!!  Frankly, though, I feel such a release of freedom now that Arizona has lightened its requirements for homeschoolers even MORE and deleted the official requirement of schooling for 35 weeks each year.  I feel a lot better doing half-days (currently — I won’t do half-days forever);  I no longer feel like I’m breaking some law…
  • I found out that I will officially be leading kinship worship again this year.  I guess I passed muster!  I won’t be with the same kinship leader, though, which is sort of bummer*, because I thought we worked very well together.  In a way, though, I like being “forced” into a different group, instead of attending one just with my close friends, because then it gives me the opportunity to get to know people that I might not otherwise become close with.


*I recently learned — have I mentioned this before?? — that “bummer” has very different connotations across the pond than it does here in the States.  😮  Just switch on your Queen’s English filter, if need be.  Sorry, my British friends!!


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on August 26, 2009, in Allergies, Arizona, Babies, Clothes, God/Christianity/Church, Homeschooling, Medical Stuff, Pregnancy, The Kids, Vineyard Phoenix, Worship. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I advise giving away the food that you cannot or should not eat . Why waste it? You might be tempted to use it if you keep it.

    When my kids were small (and Queen’s English speakers) my American Dad told one of them ‘you’re a bum’ and my child was wildly offended and wondered why grandpa was so rude. The joys of trans-Atlantic English…

  2. Oh, bananas….my nemesis. They are cross-reactive with latex and other tropical fruits, just FYI…so make sure little Fiala doesn’t come in contanct with latex.

    • Geesh, i just read my quickly-typed reply to your post and it sounded very bossy and condescending. You already know about latex and bananas; I didn’t mean to make it sound like you didn’t. What i meant to add (before the little pirates that live here with me started yanking at my legs and demanding cheese slices) was that maybe it’s possible Fiala has a latex allergy that is causing a cross-reaction with the bananas. I hear avocadoes are cross-reactive with bananas as well. Lots of lovely tropical fruits connect with the good old rubber tree.

      • Don’t worry; in no way did I take offense to your first comment!

        For right now, we’re not worrying about possible cross-reactives; we’re just seeing how well she responds to the known allergens. If it becomes apparent that there are things we’re missing, I’m sure we’ll start hitting up the cross-reactives. The doc said, when I asked him about it, “Well, the biggest cross-reactive family I see are legumes, and since she’s already positive to soy, that’s probably where we’d start,” and my response was, “NNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!” because beans are the ONE thing that I know Fiala really tolerates beautifully.

        We did test her (prick test) for avocado, and that came up negative, but it does appear that most/all of her allergens are the slow-reacting kind.

        Mmmmm…. cheese. My 12yo son likes cheese so much, he writes, “I like cheese” in random, odd places, like on his schoolwork. He says he could live on it. Other mothers of 12yos are probably worrying about drugs and girls, and I’m worrying about my son daydreaming about CHEESE. Hahaha!

  3. I was a huge cheese fan as a kid. Still am, but i can’t tolerate it anymore. I used to stand in front of the fridge, peeling off the cheese slices (we’d get the Borden package that came in yellow and orange, and i preferred the yellow), eating the entire package. My mother called me a little mouse.

    Alas, no more. I’m glad Fiala’s allergies are the slow-reacting kind. And that she doesn’t have cross-reaction issues. I was told, most likely by a very cautious allergist, that because i had had an episode of anaphylaxis, that i should be careful with the cross-reactive allergens such as latex. He said, “We don’t know what caused your anaphyalxis, but we definitely don’t want to fool around.”

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