Ep.15 – Doctor’s Appointments

Ep.15 – Doctor’s Appointments

* * NOTICE ** We will be taking a brief holiday break, so this is the last episode for this year. We will be returning on January 1st, 2020.

 

Welcome back to episode 15! This one is all about doctor’s appointments (and there will be many). You can check out our previous blog post about the topic here, but in this episode, we go into a bit more detail, along with some helpful tips and tricks for how we prioritize our time and make effective use of every single appointment that we have for Shaun.

 

 

Main Topic(s)
  • Verify ALL aspects of your appointment
    • Date & Time
    • Location (many practices have multiple offices)
    • Which Doctor(s) you’re seeing
    • Nature of the appointment (e.g. well-visit, skin test, food challenge, etc.)
  • Show up to the appointment prepared
    • The Binder
    • Our 1-pager with repetitive questions/answers
    • Bring written questions/concerns for your doctor
    • If the appointment is for your child, bring kid things
      • Books
      • Toys
      • Favorite blanket/stuffed animal
  • Take notes and keep copies
    • Any Change(s) to your care plan
    • Answers to your questions
    • Prep requirements for future testing or appointments
    • Red-flag symptoms and what response you should take
    • Medication adjustment(s)

 

 

Community Connection
  • Reverse Advent Calendar
  • Listener Question

 

 

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Ep.14 – Auto-Injectors and Emergency Departments

Ep.14 – Auto-Injectors and Emergency Departments

Welcome back to episode 14! We have a bit of a different format this week, in that we don’t have as curated an episode as we normally do. This is because we felt strongly that we wanted to talk about the reaction that Shaun had last week, and our experience using the auto-injector and our trip to the emergency department. We hope you can get something out of it, and maybe it can help you if/when you encounter a similar experience in your own allergy journey.

 

Community Connection

Listener question!

 

 

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Ep.13 – Thanksgiving

Ep.13 – Thanksgiving

Welcome back to episode 13 where we talk all about Thanksgiving and navigating holidays in general with food allergies 🙂

 

Main Topic(s)

  • Our Thanksgiving
    • We talk about what our thanksgiving looks like and how it has evolved over the years
    • How we plan and move around on a holiday
    • Some things we pack and bring with us
  • Practical Aspects of Thanksgiving with Food Allergies
    • Hosting vs Being a Guest
    • Shop at odd times
    • Make Lists
    • Talk about expectations ahead of time
    • Talk with your host (if you’re the guest)
    • Cooking and Serving Strategies
      • Try to make only one iteration of each dish
  • Emotional Aspects of Thanksgiving with Food Allergies
    • Anger, Worry, Fear, etc.
    • Loss of traditional foods -> and the sadness that can bring
    • It’s OK to have those feelings
    • 3 Things that help(ed) us with the emotions
      • Focus on the meaning of the holiday
      • Food matters less than being together
      • Focus on building & sharing new traditions

 

Shaun’s Thoughts

We actually get to hear a tiny bit from Shaun this week about what he thinks about thanksgiving!

 

Community Connection

Tina Beal’s listener question number 2!

 

 

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Ep.12 – Special Guest: Amanda Orlando

Ep.12 – Special Guest: Amanda Orlando

Welcome back to episode 12! This week we’re so excited to have another special guest on the show for you all. The fabulous Amanda Orlando!

 

All Things Amanda:

 

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Ep.11 – Stock Epinephrine in CT

Ep.11 – Stock Epinephrine in CT

 

We’re back with Episode 11! Thank you all for being patient as we worked through our first major technical hiccup, it is very much appreciated as we only want to bring you the best content we can!

This episode follows-up our interview with Senator Lesser quite nicely, as we go more in-depth into the recently passed Stock Epinephrine bill. We try to break it down as best we can to help make it as digestible as possible so you have the key points and can have further informed discussions with friends and family.

 

 

Main Topic(s)

 

Shaun’s Facts

  • Five-Year-Olds can be tough, and between his lingering cold, and not talking directly into the mic, some of Shaun’s segment this week is a little tricky to understand. I decided to leave it in, however, as Linda does an amazing job translating basically everything he says so you can still get the gist of it.

 

Community Connection

 

 

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