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I am glad to introduce Loryssa Como, a devoted mother dealing with a child with allergies. Her story was so inspiring and moving. The way she was dedicated to seeing her daughter’ recover was remarkable.I believe she should get the Mother of the Year Award in my book. I hope I am as strong as you are when I become a mother.She ended up submitting two stories. Which are equally throat clenching. I am glad she has a successful plan to get her daughter in the right path.#allergy nation Where we unite as one, so we don’t feel so alone.

When my daughter was an infant, she got sick every time she had formula. Doctors told us it wasn’t an allergy. Each ER visit we got different excuses, so we kept changing formula but always a milk based one. Day after Christmas, I couldn’t wake my 13 month old daughter up. She had a fever over 105 degrees. She was in hospital for 4 days then discharged because her fever broke.The doctors were relieved when she finally responding to medication. It took Tylenol and Motrin, 10mg each syringe, alternating about 5 or 6 times before she responded. We were very scared, no one knew if my daughter was going to be okay. Unfortunately, she went right back in less than a week. Finally, the doctors did an allergy blood work and saw she was allergic to milk.

Fast forward a couple years later, my daughter continued having allergic reactions once she began eating regular foods. Doctors didn’t know what was causing it, since her symptoms were inconsistent. One occurrence was when my daughter was eating peanuts from a can, her hand turned red, and shortly after her stomach was hurting. We gave her oral benadryl, hydrocortisone and medicine for her stomach.

Due to this occurring too many times without a pattern, we didn’t really think anything of it. The second occurrence was in the morning my daughter’s face was completely swollen. That was when my husband realized he had not given her peanut butter in two weeks, during those two weeks her reactions were mild. We got her to the doctors and they gave her steroids and a bunch of other medicines. The doctor’s were very surprised to see what she looked like. The doctor was very optimist told us exactly what steps to take and told us which doctors to take her to for further evaluations and tests. After the extensive allergy blood tests and skin test, they found out she was allergic to eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, dogs, cats and other environmental allergies. She has to take Zyrtec a day and uses a nebulizer.

Isabella will be 9 years old next month. Two years ago, she began the food challenges starting with the less severe food allergens. She has outgrown peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and shellfish but she is still allergic to milk.

I hope this story moves you as much as it moved me.Till next month with another feature.#allergy nation 
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94 thoughts on “Allergy Story Winner: When parenting becomes more than a full time job

    1. Loryssa Como

      At that time it was most definitely rough. It was an emotional roller coaster for us not knowing when to expect a reaction of some sort. The scariest part was we had to live on egg shells. I am happy it is behind us. We are thankful every day she is healthy.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      Thank you. Yes, it was most definitely frustrated. To this day her pediatricians take every precaution and unfortunately the hospital that we use as a primary for her knows us by face and name. But at least that means we know they know her background.

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  1. Melissa S.

    Our 11 yr old son Alex is allergic to all dairy, peanuts, nuts, tree nuts, eggs, shellfish,avocado,all gourds, all fruit, all uncooked veggies & soy milk. He has OAS as well.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      Melissa, I hope your son is doing well. How old is he? Is he expected to out grow any of the allergens?
      What is OAS?

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  2. Skye

    I hope that these stories make their way to parents who still raise a fuss about allergen restrictions in schools, and that their hearts change. There’s no reason to put children at risk.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      We had problems within our families regarding Isabella and her allergies. We had many who did not take us serious. Others who thought we were making it up so we can could only eat certain ways and make their life difficult. We even had someone go as far as try to prove us wrong and ate peanut butter in front of her, luckily it was outdoors but we refused that person to allow to touch her, esp not a kiss.

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  3. Carolann

    Wow, I can’t imagine how tough that would be to go through. I don’t think people are even close to bring aware enough about allergies and the potential severity

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    1. Loryssa COmo

      That is why for this Halloween it is very crucial families think about TEAL PUMPKIN and getting on board with it.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      Thank you. It was hard but it got easier as we learned more. Adjusting took a little while but it was all worth it.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      If you ever need anyone to talk with you can contact me. I am always available to lend an ear. I hope you have more good days than bad days.

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  4. Sandy

    My daughter is allergic to milk, gluten, eggs, cats, and environmental. She has severe allergies, been on two zyrtecs a day practically since birth plus Benadryl plus diet and environmental changes, permanent lung damage that affects her daily from bad case of RSV diagnosed incorrectly at first at two months old. And I’m allergic to a host of things myself so we have to eat totally different things in the household. It’s expensive and time consuming to put it lightly. But what can you do? You do everything you can to make your child’s life even a little better.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      It’s definitely not a fun ride (financially or emotionally or physically). Thanks to Isabella’s food allergies we learned my husband (her father) has been allergic to peanuts and tree nuts his ENTIRE life. In my home right now we have my husband with the peanuts and tree nuts allergy; my daughter with milk, environmental and certain animals, artificial colors and flavors allergies; me with allergy to all animals, milk (I grew up lactose intolerant but we learned recently its the milk I cannot tolerate), and I am unable to have soy due to medical conditions. We used to spend $300/month just on Isabella. So glad we don’t anymore. I hope your daughter out grows her allergies.

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  5. fran como

    i am very proud of my daughter in law and son and kudos to my very brave and beautiful granddaughter who is so mature and loving and caring just like her parents

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  6. Natalie

    How scary! As a parent, you’ll do just about anything to keep your child safe and happy. I cannot imagine going through this with such a young child. 🙁 I’m allergic to shellfish, and I very much hope that my daughter doesn’t have to go through what I’ve been though!

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    1. Loryssa Como

      They say if a parent has it the child is at a higher risk but it does not mean they will develop the allergy. I do hope your daughter does not. I have a twin who is ana to shellfish – even the smell will make her very ill.

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  7. Lauren

    Thank you for sharing her story. I am allergic to milk but it just upsets my stomach, I had no idea how severe other allergic reactions are for people!
    PS – THANK YOU for participating in the comment linky party:)

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    1. Loryssa Como

      I am so happy to be able to share my story. Unfortunately yes, there are many degrees to a food allergy. I am the same as you, my stomach gets upset, my bowels will change, I get bloated really bad (I have been mistaken at my previous job for being pregnant)… I still every so often will indulge – but I always pay immediately.

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  8. Sabrina (Loryssa's twin)

    I watched my sister and husband go thru this with their daughter. I also have a son with allergies (all milk/whey, HFCS, all artificials, sugar before 5th ingredient) these cause his autistic behaviors to go or the extreme.. Thanks to Loryssa and her husband I learned how to help manage my son’s diet! Couldn’t be more proud of my twin sister and her family!

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    1. Loryssa Como

      Thank you “T2” … You were a great help to us. You helped us purchase food for her when we couldn’t afford it. You came with me several times to the emergency doctor visits and ER visits. You made sure she was always in a safe allergy free environment.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      Thank you. I am always willing to share this story. I have learned it has helped many families. I am so happy I could do that.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      Thank you. I am so happy for you! My daughter is doing very well. She is at a healthy weight now and on the charts. 🙂

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  9. Lindsay

    Wow this is so motivating!! I feel like I am allergic to a lot of things but just never got tested. I remember in middle school and for a few years in high school my whole face would be so swollen and very bad acne. Giving up dairy has really made a big difference!

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    1. Loryssa Como

      Sometimes the tests are not accurate, there is always margin for error. I do not go based on the tests – because if I did then my daughter would still be having milk according to her most recent test.
      My twin tests negative for shellfish, blueberries and raspberries but she is ana to all 3 of them.

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  10. Katie Matthews

    I find it so incredible that people get allergies and then lose them later in life. My boyfriend became allergic to fish when we met, but still tries it every so often. I’ve heard that it’s quite common to develop allergies in your 20’s then lose them later on. Hopefully that will happen to him!
    So hard to have so many allergies when you’re little. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for her parents!
    Katie <3

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    1. Loryssa Como

      It is very common to out grow childhood allergies. The body’s cells recycle very 7 years. Typically the older you are when you develop an allergy the less likely you are to out grow them – but it is most definitely not impossible. I hope your boyfriend is one of the lucky and grows out of it. 🙂

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  11. Jessica

    Wow, I couldn’t imagine going through that. That’s so scary, and has to take such a toll on both the parents and the child. I’m glad they have their daughters allergies under control now.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      Yes, it definitely took a toll on all of us. But we stuck together. To help Isabella feel more comfortable, we would eat the same thing as her. For any parties we would have or any time company came over or we went somewhere, we always ONLY made food that she could eat. One Thanksgiving we had ALL peanut and tree nut dishes removed for the table and no one was allowed to eat it. People were not happy but who cares. She was safe.

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  12. karissa

    I can’t even imagine how difficult that would be as a parent watching your child go through all that. I’m glad she’s doing better with allergies now.

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  13. Ruthy

    food allergies can be awful…my oldest was allergic to dairy but seems to be ok now. my newborn also seems to be adversely affected by dairy and hopefully she grows out of it too because i cannot imagine how hard it would be to monitor your childs food as they get older.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      I hope she out grows it. 🙂
      We raised Isabella to be extremely aware of her allergies, reactions and her environment. When she was 4 years old, she shared a table in class with another peanut allergy child. His mom was testing him at home to see if he had outgrown it. Now knowing that the school was strick with their no nuts of any kind policy and that her son shared a table with my daughter… She sent him in for lunch with a peanut butter bard of some sort. He didn’t even finish unwrapping it… My daughter was screaming on the top of her lungs.
      When she was 5 or 6, she was in school hallway walking with friends and she heard someone mention the word peanut and she frozen, put her hands out and scream for everyone to stop moving there someone has a peanut in the hallway and she couldn’t go near it. The school nurse and her teacher had to calm her down and reassure she was safe. Needless to say, I did get a phone call to give me a heads up about it.

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  14. Nancy

    It’s frustrating that Dr’s can’t tell you the answers as to what’s going on with your child. At least now she knows what types of food her daughter needs to steer clear of. <3

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    1. Loryssa Como

      I do hope your friend is doing well and able to enjoy her life. I know food allergies can interfere with that.

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    1. Loryssa Como

      That morning was the most terrifying moment ever! After we got her under control from that reaction, I got so mad at myself for not noticing at the moment it began.

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  15. Fi

    As a parent I can totally sympathise with this lady’s story. It’s so hard when you don’t know what’s causing your child to be so sick and trying to find out what they’re allergic to. Last month my son broke out in a rash covering all of his body and it kept getting worse as the days went by. The only thing new he encountered was my mothers cat so we think he may be allergic to cats 🙁

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    1. Loryssa Como

      Cat are so cute… But the allergy to them is so nasty! Have you done a trial at home? Keep him out of the environment with the cat for a while then place him in the environment to see if/how he reacts? (Of course with having Benadryl and whatever else needed at hand).
      We place sheets over our furniture when we know someone is coming over that has a pet in their home. When we would go to my in-laws Isabella and I will live on Benadryl. Instead of putting our dirty clothes back in our luggage we would place them in garbage bags and then bring them to the dry cleaners. It was costly!

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  16. Rebekah

    Oh my gosh I had no idea a milk allergy could be so severe!! That is terrifying! Great that she has outgrown most of her allergies, hopefully one day she outgrows the milk one too!

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    1. Loryssa Como

      I know it’s crazy, isn’t it! It is most definitely great she has outgrown most of the allergens. It makes things much simpler and we get to eat out; she gets grilled chicken or hamburger no bun.. 🙂

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  17. brian

    Wow! What a story. What a battle. Why is it always such a battle to fight for basic safety for our kids? Speaking of which, please sign my petition to the FDA to add sesame seeds as a regulated food allergen, requiring the same level of disclosure on food labels as nuts. Please share the petition and help spread the word too. Did you know:
    -500,000 people in the US are allergic to sesame
    -Europe, Canada, Israel, Australia, and many other countries treat sesame on par with nuts, but the US does not.
    -in the US, the top 8 allergens are regulated, but sesame, at #9, is not
    -sesame is as high as #3 in other countries, and is more prevalent than pent allergies in some countries.
    -silence on a food label does not mean an item is sesame free. most well known brands of breads, buns and rolls, have sesame, but it is not on the label. this is potentially deadly for those with sesame allergies who assume silence means it is not included.
    Please sign and share the petition at https://www.change.org/p/fda-add-sesame-seeds-as-an-allergen-to-us-product-labeling-laws-require-them-to-be-disclosed-on-us-food-labels

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    1. Loryssa Como

      It so stupid that we have to fight so hard to keep them safe when it comes to something so serious. I HATE the reactions parents given when their child gets sent home a notice stating no peanut or tree nut products or products that may contain them.

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  18. Candace

    There are SO many kids with allergies right now. One of my friends said she heard theres a link between nut allergies and a baby being on antibiotics at a young age. I wonderful it that has any truth to it. Luckily so many places are adapting.

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    1. Loryssa

      That is just crazy. It sucks that we don’t officially know the exact cause of food allergies. I think there are just lots of speculations.

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  19. Andi

    There is so much to deal with as a parent, throw things like allergies and life becomes even more challenged. It is amazing to see people with such strength!

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    1. Loryssa

      I agree, we have the task of learning how to raise our children, how to protect them, and etc. Then to add food allergies. But, I wouldn’t have changed this for anything. it just makes a person stronger I believe.

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    1. Loryssa

      Remember, even if she tests negative and you see she her body can’t tolerate it or she has some form reaction, go based on how it affects her not some blood work or skin tests. They are not always accurate. My twin in ANA to shellfish, blueberries, raspberries and other fruits and she tests negative every time they recheck her.

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  20. Myrabev

    Wow that must have Ben very scary experience, glad you now aware of th allergies and working on them I do not know what I would have done in your situation

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  21. Kristyn

    this would be so tough to go through. I have been going through health issues and been trying to find out which foods trigger the pain. I went dairy free, egg free a long time ago because of it. Right now I try and follow paleo which seems to help a lot

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    1. Loryssa

      Yep… That problem with finding it when they are infants is that their body has never been exposed to the variety of foods; unless breast fed. So its very hard to run a blood test or prick test. That is why when introducing any new food or drinks, we do one thing for 3 days then introduce another for 3 days and repeat it.

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    1. Loryssa

      It was very hard to watch her go through this. I was always son top of it and very strict. We would go to parties (family) and if there was anything with nuts we MADE them put it away and not out for anyone to eat it. When in doubt my daughter would wear gloves.

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  22. Anita

    As a new mom I know how hard it is to watch your child in pain – you want to do anything to make them feel better. Thanks for sharing the story!

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    1. Loryssa

      Yep, we want to protect them and take anything negative they feel or go through away and when we can’t we feel helpless. But, in reality we aren’t helpless… We are giving them love and support.

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    1. Loryssa

      We don’t look at it like a road block. Its an obstacle we were given and we just had to take a detour and over come the obstacles.

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