What You Can’t Afford to Be…

Less than 48 hours before Food Allergy Awareness Week kicked off, I raised food allergy awareness in my own home with my allergic son.

While my husband and I freely educate everyone about food allergies, we chose to hold back one detail with our allergic son. We basically told him everything about food allergies, except we kept the L.T. on the down-low, L.T. = Life-Threatening.

I know, I know, chastise me if you want. Our goal was to tell him prior to starting first grade, this upcoming fall. We knew it was appropriate to provide him with all the symptoms, the emergency protocol, the knowledge that an ambulance ride was necessary and a possible short or long hospital stay. But death, that seemed too frightening for my doe-eyed, sensitive boy. The discussion made even me worry. I think I would prefer to have the birds and the bees talk to telling him food allergies can be life threatening. Here’s why… Continue reading

What Kind of Community Do You Want to Live In?

After a holiday, gingerbread project in my son’s kindergarten class, my husband and I decided we want to switch from an Individual Healthcare Plan (IHP or IHCP) to a 504 Plan for our multiple food allergic son. My one-on-one meeting with the school’s 504 coordinator was scheduled for this past Thursday. Coincidentally, my meeting was in the very same week that Amarria Johnson, a 7-year-old girl from Chesterfield County, Virginia, died from an allergic reaction to peanuts. Needless to say, it was a very stressful and emotional week.

Quite simply, my heart aches for Amarria’s mother, family, the innocent student that gave her the peanut, the school representatives involved, etc. Amaria’s death means something…it should cause us all to reflect…it should tell us that no one is immune, me, you, the school, even the parents of non-allergic children, etc. We all fail in some way at keeping our allergic children safe.

Before moving forward, I should step back and explain my son’s gingerbread project. Every year, the kindergarten class makes a gingerbread house before holiday break. As you can imagine, it consists of a vast array of allergy-ridden products i.e., a small ‘washed’ milk carton is used as the frame for the house, graham crackers are hot glued to the carton, a homemade, egg white frosting plus all the decorations of candy, chocolate chips, pretzels, etc. top the “fun” activity ~ “because this is what we have done every year.” Continue reading

Child Food Allergies 102: Ready & Rarin’ for School

I am so pleased to announce our second in a series of four:

Child Food Allergies 102: Ready & Rarin’ for School

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CDT
Where: Telephone Workshop
Pricing: $35 until July 22nd,  $40 beginning July 23rd

Additional Info
Workshop: 90-minutes
Q & A: 30-minutes

Feel Optimistic, Prepared & Confident!

Connect with the dynamic Moms who creatively manage child food allergies for a 1-½ hour telephone workshop! Take advantage of our combined experiences; Kristin’s coaching skills and Daniella’s treasure chest of resources. In no time, you’ll feel confident navigating the anxiety and obstacles associated with food allergies and school.

  • Get the 411 on 504, Individual Healthcare
    & Emergency Plans
  • Acquire tips and tools to ease your stress and help educate teachers, staff & parents
  • Tackle the scariest room at school: The Lunchroom
  • Discover resources to advocate for:
    –  School Wellness Programs
    –  Food-free alternatives for celebrations and activities
  • Uncover ways to manage social activities beyond the classroom

Kristin Beltaos, M.A.

Life Coach/Owner, A Gift of Miles

Daniella Knell, B.A.
Allergy Awareness Educator & Consultant
Owner, Smart Allergy ~ Friendly Education

Special Guest
Nona Narvaez, M.A.
Executive Director/Founder/School Legislation Drafter
Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA)

Questions, Contact Me!

20% benefits AFAA!!