Of my son's six anaphylactic food allergies over the past 8 years sesame by far I have found to be the most frustrating.
Those pesky seeds are to my son deadly 'decor' as they fly and flick of buns and breads.
Sesame free searching I will also admit has brought about more than a few cuss words as I scour the shelves for safe from sesame spices, crackers, and the biggie...bread products.
A few years back after a hard bout of the flu my son whimpered a request for one thing...white bread! My mom heart broke as I had been too busy to baked bread so instead I destroyed my freezer determined to reveal just one leftover roll - I gave up in mom grief.
In a recent blog "may contain food frustration" http://www.allergybookmom.com/blog/may-containfood-frustration I shared my dire dismay as when shopping I stood shocked to note that the one safe bread I had found now declared a may contain for that seed which makes me seethe... sesame!!! "
Allergy mom NOOOOOOOOO moment - - -when the only safe loaf of bread I am able to buy for my son I turned over to read is no longer safe!
Yes I have mastered the baking, cooking- (ok kitchen concocting) required when dealing with multiple anaphylactic allergies. As well yes my son loves my home made bread. But sometimes, I will admit, I just kind of want to stomp my feet (ok I might have a little tonight).
*if you see a woman muttering while fighting back tears in the grocery store, she is most likely ...and allergy mom! "
But today, today I was the mom standing in Superstore (Loblaws CANADA) and as I had no one to share my excitement with I stood shamelessly amongst the baked goods, in tears, talking to myself.
THANK YOU PRESIDENT'S CHOICE CANADA!!!! For not just one, but the several SESAME SAFE bread products I found bagels, plain and raisin/cinnamon, tortilla shells, English muffins, a flat bread style bun perfect for hamburgers and sandwiches, and Tramezzini (white /whole wheat crust less bread slices) !!!
Seriously, this was the sesame free allergy mom jackpot!
It has been 8 years since I filled my basket with bread products and as they each did NOT CONTAIN sesame....I equally could not contain my overwhelming feelings of such a finding.
It is NOT about not wanting to bake, it is NOT about the fact home made is of course healthier...it is about choice and convenience and as a single mom baking and working and navigating life as a special needs mom is an act at times of survival.
I wish to share my sincere sesame free - appreciation to those at Loblaws Canada. Not just for the bread products but the many safe products for my son, and for those not safe I appreciate greatly (VERY greatly) the wonderful labelling to advise me as such.
Today, goes down as allergy mom excellent!! =)) And with some free time as I could buy and not bake... I am off to bond with my son. <3
Michelle began writing in hopes of providing a fun yet informative manner in which to share allergy information. Her son Nolan since infancy has had eczema, asthma, multiple anaphylactic food allergies as well as multiple environmental allergies. Michelle's son also has autism, ADHD and a severe language delay. Michelle sees not disabilities but celebrates different abilities and sees the beauty found in thinking outside the box!
Jennifer Terry is a graphic designer/illustrator living in Denver, Colorado, USA. Her daughter, Lauren, is a middle school student, active in musical theatre, who also happens to have anaphylactic food allergies.
Inspired by Lauren Jennifer shares her whimsical art on the pages of these books, in an effort to help make learning about food allergies fun for children, parents, teachers and caregivers.