Food allergies: Five coping mechanisms for parents of kids with allergies

So you’ve just found out your kid has a serious food allergy. Welcome to the club. Someone once described anaphylaxis to me like ‘drowning’. When my boy had his attack it was just like that; he was sinking into death and I couldn’t bring him up for air. Anaphylactic food allergies are terrifying, confusing, and if I’m honest, very annoying.…
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A look back on my 2018 & forwards to 2019

Happy (belated) New Year Expaters! What a year it’s been. 2018 was certainly an eventful year for me. We moved to Chile, starting our new lives in its beautiful bustling capital, Santiago. I got pregnant and suffered pretty much every day of those nine months. Whoever invented the term ‘morning sickness’ is wrong – it’s all day, all night sickness.…
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My top eye creams for 2019

‘When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes’, said Victor Hugo. My eyes say I’m tired. Along with learning Spanish, my resolutions for 2019 include using eye cream more regularly. Along with sun lotion, I reckon eye cream is the best ways to prevent the growing old not so gracefully look. So I’m going…
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Expaters this will make you laugh (and me scream)

I’m really getting into Chilean life. My Spanish is improving, my kids are settled in their nursery and I feel at home. In fact, my kid has his nursery graduation show tonight – a Ghostbusters themed extravaganza. We’ve been making his costume for a couple of weeks now. Yesterday I even headed to the busiest market in town to get…
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Why we should all pray (including atheists like me)

I’m atheist and I pray. No, I’m not agnostic. I’m not harboring a subconscious desire to convert. I don’t believe in any god in any form. I don’t believe in the soul. Telling me that there’s a god is like telling me blue is red. It’s not a case of wanting or not wanting to believe, I just don’t. Blue is…
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The dangers of private healthcare

Private healthcare is awesome. I feel blessed to have it. Without it, I refused to feel move to Chile, a new continent for me. On the whole we’ve had awesome medical care here in Chile. But private healthcare is not always great. I’m just a little concerned about the over prescription of drugs, the dash to surgery, the antibiotic cure all…
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Politics could kill my kid, not a pumpkin seed

Last week my son suffered a severe anaphylactic allergic reaction. He nearly died. While we suspect it was caused by a single pumpkin seed, we can’t be sure until we start allergy testing in around five weeks time. The second most disturbing thing, after almost losing my son, is the crazy, dirty world of pharma politics. There’s a global shortage…
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Thank you

Update: We have the Epipens… hoorah… thank you all!      My son nearly died from a severe allergic reaction. I don’t know how else to write it, so there you go. One morning he started rubbing his eye, which seemed a little swollen. In a few minutes half of his face was red, his eyelids were bulging so much…
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Expat friendships, friends from ‘home’ friends and a shout out to my …

It’s been quite a week. After bragging how easy baby Annabelle is, the Big Man upstairs has taken note and thrown a few thunder bolts our way it seems. I’m getting over a bout of mastitis (that’s fever, chills, headaches and a painful lump inside my breast the size of a golf ball in case you didn’t know) and Annabelle…
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Don’t let the Smug Expat Mums get to you

Dear fellow Expater mums Beware of the Smug Expat Mum (SEM). They’re the ones wearing makeup and clean clothes by 8am. Their leaders even go in for white jeans. They shun the mum bun for a full on blow dried balayage. Their babies wear cashmere in winter and (freshly ironed) linen in the summer. All courtesy of Ralph Lauren. I…
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