Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teal Pumpkin Project

We have ALWAYS offered non food items for Trick or Treaters. Even as a child my Father bought a 100 pack of Halloween Pencils, that lasted us years of visitors. Party Packagers offers a large section of non food items, Skeleton sun glasses, sheets of stickers and more many more items. I'll also offer candy in a seperate bowl.

My local dollar store was out of teal paint so I'll mix my blue, green and a little white paint together, to get teal paint.

Allergy Safe Candy

Allergy Concerns:

Paint Made From Nuts
Paint Made From Milk
Paint Made From Eggs

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shaking Hands, and Washing Hands

Years ago I was at service, before the end of the service the Minister said that she just got over a cold and would not be shaking hands after the service. After service she kept her hands tucked away as she greeted people, sometimes greating people with a nod of the head. I was impressed with this act, and it stuck with me, as an act of kindness.

I usually avoid being out and about at the peek of an illness, I have however copied the act, expressing that I'm getting over a cold and don't wish to share my germs, then gave a small nod, of respect to my greater.

I have also declined a hand shake, to someone I meet almong my sidewalk expressing that I have been gardening, and my hands are dirty. I always wash my hands after eatting especially in public. Expressing that a person just finished eating, and have not washed should be socially acceptable, reason to decline a hand shake.

Recently I was talking to a school administrator, he offered his hand as he greeted me, I politely explained I was getting over a messy cold and did not want to share it, he paused for a moment then thanked me. As we discussed a small issue, it quickly became apparent his cold was as bad as mine if not worse, and he was willing to share with me, via hand shake. In his defence he took a steep back when he coughed, and coughed in his arm not his sleeve, or hand.

What does this have to do with allergies? Being aware of what might be on your hands (allergens or germs) is important. Not shaking hands while sick, or have eatten and not yet washed is just basic hygiene. Image Credit For Handwashing Sign More Free Allergy Posters here.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

No No's Are Here

No No's have been Launched! From Premiumc Chocolatiers

Delicious Vegan Colored Chocolate candies made of our famous Milkless chocolate. Net Wt. 3 oz. All Natural. Milk Free, Peanut Tree Nut Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Vegan.

All dairy free, nut free, and gluten free chocolates to indulge chocolate lovers of all types. These are suitable for those with milk allergy, peanut/ tree nut allergy, and egg and gluten allergy and sensitivities. Vegetarians, Vegans, and Lactose Intolerant as well as Kosher Pareve consumers and food allergy sufferers can now enjoy quality milk like, though dairy free chocolate! They create the milk free and nut free chocolates using their signature blend of roasted cocoa beans and cocoa butter- no shortenings, or coatings. Each piece of their lactose free hand crafted vegan chocolate receives the utmost in care making it so special.

More Allergy Friendly Products
List of Dairy Free Chocolates
List Allergy Safe Candies

Friday, March 21, 2014

Allergy Awareness Books in Libraries

News From No Biggie Bunch

50 States - 500 Libraries Already making a difference! The No Biggie Bunch is on a mission to put bundles of books in 500 US public libraries across the nation. Thanks to tremendous support in our first week, over 175 libraries are already slated to receive books. 325 to go, and we're committed to reaching our goal!

Anything you can do to spread the word or contribute to 50 States-500 Libraries will help put these food allergy resources for kids in libraries across the nation, reaching the little hands that need them most.

Each state in the US is at a different level of food allergy awareness, education and advocacy, however, every state has public libraries where all can access resources for free. The vital piece is ensuring that resources are available.

Interview with Heather Mehra and Kerry Mc Manama of the No Biggie Bunch Books

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Schools Carrying Medications

Schools are sometimes required, sometimes choose to have additional epipens available in the office. These additional Epipens/ Auvi-Q/ Allerject injectors serve as back up supplies for diagnosed allergic students, as well as for the event a student/ staff member has a first time reaction at school. Schools are now dealing with how to store these.

In my opinion the supplies should be stored in a unlocked, visible storage unit that is easily recoginized for what it contains. Here are some suppliers of such containers, I predict this is a growing market.

Allergy Emergency Kit EpiNOW Allergy Emergency Kit Our patent-pending design is intended for secure, conspicuous mounting in elementary school lunch rooms and cafeterias for 24/7/365 access.

Bowman Epi Dispenser The Bowman ED-760 Epinephrine Auto-Injector Storage Case is an ideal solution for schools and classrooms with the capacity to hold up to 10 Epinephrine injectors and keep them in an organized easy to access dispenser.

Epi - access Teacher's Case and single epinephrine storage pouch

Rangements Pour Auto Injectors Epi-Ready Le boîtier Epi-Ready, qui se fixe au mur à l’aide de vis, peut contenir deux auto-injecteurs EpiPen ou TwinJect.

Epi-Acces La trousse Epi-Acces peut contenir jusqu’à huit auto-injecteurs. Indispensable dans les écoles, les garderies, les centres de la petite enfance et les camps de vacances.

School Health Epinephrine Emergency Cabinets Cabinet has five (item 90629) or ten (item 91088) separate compartments which can hold 1 epinephrine unit per compartment. Reference sheet on the inside of the door identifies students with their units and contains the following information: name of student, name of medication, expiration date, emergency contact name/number, and a place for student's photo.

Epi-Ready is a wall-mounted storage unit designed to provide a uniform, readily accessible, secure but not locked, location for auto-injectable epinephrine. When the Epi-Ready unit is installed in a prominent place it will serve as a constant, visible reminder of where your epinephrine is kept, so epinephrine can be reached quickly.

It is the most important for allergic people to carry allergy medications on their person, additional medications can save lives.
See Also: Carrying Cases For Allergy and Asthma Medications