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I woke up yesterday to my six-year-old saying, "Mommy!! It's December!! Yesterday, it was November, but now it's December!" Kids seem infinitely excited about the passing of seasons. Adults, though, we seem consistently surprised. How often do you hear some version of, "Can you believe it's December already?! Where did the year go?" Time just flies by, each year somehow faster than the last. So, knowing this, I'm thinking even though it's the first week of December, it's time to talk about New Year's Resolutions!
Lately, we've talked a bit here on the Lauren's Hope blog about creating an allergy-friendly or chocolate-free Halloween: wearing medical alert jewelry while trick-or-treating, talking with teachers and caregivers, planning special food and non-food treats, and so on. For kids with food allergies, epilepsy, type one diabetes, special needs, and chronic health conditions, there are a lot of considerations this time of year, however, there are lots of things we can also do to keep everyone -- those with medical conditions and not -- safe this Halloween.
Halloween is a fun time, filled with treats and crafts and excitement. For adults and children with chronic conditions such as food allergies, type one diabetes, autism, or epilepsy, however, Halloween is sometimes a little scary, and not in the fun way. Protecting our kids and ourselves from the very real dangers of this fun season can be a real challenge, which means planning ahead is essential.
Several months ago, as I was driving to work, I came over a small hill in a light morning rain to see a small truck, steam pouring from the engine, crushed around a telephone pole in a ditch. I pulled up several yards past the accident scene and over to the side of the road, putting on my hazard lights and grabbing my cell phone. A former lifeguard and childcare provider, I've been through dozens of first aid and CPR trainings in my life, and I immediately began running through scenarios in my head of what to do first and how best to help.
When you are on multiple medications, your risk of a drug interaction increases. This is a major factor in an emergency, but even on a day to day basis, when making decisions about over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines and pain relievers, you need to consider your other, routine medications and whether they might interact with these short-term treatments. Having this information on hand at all times serves as a reminder as well as a safeguard.
Summer is (finally!!) almost upon us after a particularly long winter, and for many, that means it’s time to start traveling. For people with tree nut and peanut allergies, this can be particularly challenging because airlines still serve peanuts and some meals that may contain nuts. Although allergy advocates are working to change the airline status quo, in the interim, the onus for safety falls squarely on the traveler.
May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and that’s a great reminder to give yourself a once over, help your loved ones do the same, and make an appointment with your dermatologist if you see anything of concern or simply if you haven’t been in a while.
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