Friday, February 15, 2013

Be a Star! Submit your video to AANMA's "Why see an Allergist?" campaign!


Allergy & Asthma Network - Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is partnering with the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) to produce six video vignettes on "Why see an Allergist?" and they need your help! AANMA is looking for people who fit the following criteria and are willing to participate:
  • Newly diagnosed or undiagnosed patients with symptoms of allergy and/or asthma 
  • Patients diagnosed with at least one of the following conditions: 
    • Children with seasonal allergies 
    • Food allergy 
    • Pregnancy and asthma 
    • Teenager with asthma 
    • Pet allergies 
    • Rhinitis 
  • Required to send a homemade, 60-second video of your story to AANMA by March 15, 2013 
  • Willing to participate in a pre-interview via telephone with video production agency 
  • Able and willing to participate in a one-day commercial video shoot in downtown Chicago in April 2013 
The video vignettes will be utilized in social media outlets to raise awareness and educate the public on the role of an allergist in a comprehensive, collaborative care model.

Please contact Tonya Winders at twinders@aanma.org or 703-641-9595 should you have any questions regarding this opportunity.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fun With Daisy Scouts!

As a mother of 2 boys, I sometimes feel outnumbered. Therefore, I was delighted to be invited by the local Daisy Scouts to a meeting which focused on being kind and considerate. Using the topic of food allergy as an example, we were able to address the issues of safety, inclusion/exclusion, bullying, how to be a good friend, and more. The girls offered up a whole host of ideas about how to celebrate special events without being food-centric, just in time for Valentine's Day!

In this one group of Daisy Scouts, there were allergies to milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts and fish! It was lovely to see the girls talk about how they pack special lunches so they can sit with their food-allergic friends and how they don't ever share food. One adorable little one demonstrated, arms outstretched, how she would come between a bully and her food-allergic pal! We did a drill of how to call for help if a friend is experiencing an allergic reaction, and familiarized ourselves with autoinjectable epinephrine.

The girls were great listeners and participants, and they presented me with a lovely card and a copy of the story they read aloud earlier in the meeting. It's called "The Bugabees - Friends with Food Allergies".

Thanks for inviting me, girls!

This story about friends with food allergies was a wonderful companion piece to the meeting about being kind and considerate.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My Son, Future Immunologist?

The other day, my 7 year old son came home from school excited to tell me about his day. His second-grade class had just begun a unit in science about the human body. As an introduction to the unit, his teacher asked the students to name organ systems.

One child called out, "the gut", and another, "the lungs".

But not my child. No, my kid offered up "the immune system"!

Here's the book he took from my office to read to his class:
http://primaryimmune.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Our-Immune-System.pdf

"Our Immune System", by Sara LeBien

Obviously, I'm biased by both genetics and profession. But I couldn't be prouder. :-)