You might be reading this thinking, yes I am! What does she mean? Well you're not. At least not most of the time anyway. It's a lesson I learnt from Frans Timmermans, President and CEO of the European Anaphylaxis Task Force, who I met many years ago in Copenhagen at the The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI ) annual conference. He told me … [Read more...]
The anaphylaxis in the room
It's a bit like the elephant in the room. Sometimes I don't like to mention it. It consumes my life in so many ways that I often want to just keep this shame to myself. That sounds dramatic, I am not ashamed of who I am, but sometimes, especially in company, when I'm feeling anxious I don't want to share this thing about me... which is stupid and unhelpful. After a recent … [Read more...]
Interested in taking part in some Food Allergy Research?
This is a message from a research company who want to speak to people with allergies in the South East. I've checked out their website and it all seems quite legit so if you want to get involved it could be very worthwhile and interesting too. Read this if you have food allergies and live in Herts, Surrey, Bucks and West Berkshire... We are looking to speak to food allergy … [Read more...]
Use your EpiPen!
Who would have thought that an apparently sensible, intelligent young woman, would suffer two severe anaphylactic attacks over two years, both with my epi-pen in my bag, and still not take action and administer the medicine that could have reversed the reaction and hastened recovery… and potentially saved my life! I have been lucky. I have also been stupid and careless and … [Read more...]
How to use an EpiPen – a simple demonstration
Everyone should learn how to use an Epipen. It is so simple to use and could save yours and/or someone else's life. I've shown countless friends and family how to use one in the past using a trainer pen, but nothing can prepare you for actually doing it for real. However, if you know how to use one and regularly familiarise yourself with the procedure and order of what needs to … [Read more...]