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Friday, July 11, 2014

And our life begins again!!!

Sorry I have been MIA for 3 months....Kline had a rough time after his bday with a bad flare. But he is sooooo much better. We actually went on our first trip in 2.5 years!!! AMAZING!  He is now going to preschool and kinder-





camp at least 2 hours day!  (the heat does seem to make him itch more during the day)  His sleep is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better, he is a sleep most nights by 10pm and rarely wakes up to have an itching fit, AMEN!  His skin is looking amazing! Even his feet. We are still wrapping his feet and wrists at night for protection and using the Lemongrass balm I mentioned in an earlier post. He is not 100% yet but I am hoping that I will be able to post that very soon!!!
Here we are at Santa Cruz on our first vacation in 2.5 years!!! Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!


 KLINE'S SKIN 28.5 MONTHS OFF TOPICAL STEROIDS







Sunday, April 20, 2014

Kline's 5th birthday!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WARRIOR BOY!! WE LOVE YOU!!!

If you would like to donate to www.itsan.org in honor of kline's birthday click here! thank you xoox DONATE HERE




















Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kline turns five itsan.org fundraiser





THANK YOU FOR DONATION TO ITSAN.ORG XOXO KLINE
DONATE HERE!! WWW.ITSAN.ORG


Kline turns 5 on April 21st! So I am asking all of my Friend's and family to donate in Kline's name to www.itsan.org and make a donation of some kind and try to have a 5 in your donation! So $25, $35,$45,$50, or go for the double $55!!!! Let's help spread the word of the damage topical steroids can do ( if not properly prescribed) and help itsan help others going through withdrawal and spread the word so no one ever has to suffer like Warrior Kline. If I have ever helped support you through tsa or klines blog has helped you, or you have bennefited from itsan in anyway, Please help today!! Thank you, xoxox Kline, the big 5 year old!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Kline's favorite thing for his skin.....

 As we all know, Kline hates stuff put on him!! He has been in a really bad flare for about 2 months and we started to use this great new lemongrass essential oil balm. Aonther red skin mommy makes it for her son Isaiah, who has had a terrible withdrawal process but is healing so nicely with his mama's balms!! This is such a amazing family and this little boy has never know healthy comfortable skin!  Here is Isaiah's story and progress....

                            BRAVE Isaiah's Story


So, Kline's wrists have been very bad. He was rubbing them all night on his pj's and bleeding all over them. Isaiah mom suggested I wrap them with her balm under the dry gauze and it has really helped. Unfortunately Kline will not let me wrap all of him...especially his feet, he is worried they will ooze and then stick to the gauze. Every 4 years old worry, right? NO!!




                          To check out the lemongrass balm that Kline loves click here!

                                           http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheHomeApothecary


Kline's wrist before and after balm pix with wrapping of lemongrass balm.

 wrist after wraps for about 4 days

today day 5

DAY 4

DAY 2

DAY 2 OF WRAPS
It's not an over night cure but Kline likes it which is huge..he hates everything we put on him normally. The balm is made with  all organic ingredients and made with the best essential oils...I love it for myself too. I was saving the balm for Kline and I tried his vanicream (KLINE COULD NOT TOLERATE THE VANICREAM, HE SCREAMED BLOODY MURDER..and begged me to put the lemongrass balm on him instead....the vanicream also made him have an all over body rash.) on me and it dried my skin right up, unlike this great balm.  It smells wonderful too.....Stephanie Sells sample sizes which is great because you can try them on the skin first before you invest the money and have yet another jar of lotion you can not use on your skin! I recommend this for anyone with skin! :)

Here are the rest of the pictures of Kline, he has been in a really bad flare...I wish he didn't fight the wraps so much because I do feel like wrapping the rest of him with the lemongrass would help so much! :(



Let me know if you try the balms and how they work for you!!

Happy healing!! xoxox Loren

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Holy Hell, this article pissed this allergy mom off!! Be WARNED!!!

Kline's second round of allergy testing age 1



This lady's callous article about food allergies and treats at school pissed me off so badly! So be warned, I will be cussing, as that's what I do to vent! Sorry to offend, I normally offend anyway so nothing new there!


Here is her asinine article 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/todays-mama/why-do-your-kids-allergies-mean-my-kid-cant-have-a-birthday_b_4767686.html

Wtf? really, lady!!!!

The way this woman sweeps our children's deadly and sickness causing food allergies under the rug all for a slice of cake, is insane.  The way she put less weight on intolerance because they are not life threatening that is crazy...so its OK if your kid eats cake and breaks out in itchy hives or pukes for 3 days after wards, at least they didn't die?

What if her son really loved to read, and more than anything for his birthday he wanted everyone in his class to read out loud to him...how would the parents with kids with learning disabilities feel..their kid is now being singled out in front of the whole class of their differences, their imperfections. No, the teacher wouldn't let that happen!  The teach would do their best to make the LD kid feel normal, and comfortable, as they should!  Why would that not be the same for allergy kids?

What about the kids with diabetes ...should they be singled out too with not being able to eat her dang 'real sugar' cupcakes!  Hey, lets put all the kids that can't eat your sons cupcakes in the corner with signs that say "I am different, something is wrong with me!' while your son enjoy his wonderful sugar fill, gluten filled cupcakes! I thought segregation ended years ago, but I guess I am wrong!

It's Bad enough my kid will have to sit at a special nut free table at school! Carry an epi pen and possible have to use it someday. 

It's bad enough, I will have to worry day in and day out about him at lunch time, snack time, field trips, practices of any kind, ski camp, ok,  pretty much anytime I am not with him, there for protection.. oh my am I a smother mother? Hell yeah!!! You have to be with an allergy kid!!!.

It's bad enough my son won't be able to go to sleepovers and birthday parties outside of school with out me watching out for him or prepacking all of the foods he can eat.

Food is dangerous for Kline, he is anaphalactic to dairy, eggs and all nuts.

Lady, do you know how many freaking time Kline hears,

"No You can't eat that!"

'Wait till I read the ingredients"

"Sorry, honey we can't go out to the restaurant with your friend, they have nothing safe for you to eat there.'

I understand that people will not get this ever 100% unless their kid suffers from it, but come on have a little heart! A little sympathy...your kid may not be able to eat a EGG LACED, GLUTEN LACED, DAIRY LACED cupcake at school but mine never will be able to eat a cupcake at school! EVER! Or any other time either!  He also will never be able to eat school lunch, attend a pizza party, or a pancake breakfast with Santa, and don't even get me started on real egg egg-hunts at Easter....
that's just death in the grass!

Lady, if your biggest complaint in life is that your son can not eat a cupcake in class on his birthday....why the fuck complain? Of all the terrible, horrible fucked up things that are going on in the world..and all the children suffering in the world, your son not being able to eat a cupcake just does not seem to matter!  GET A FUCKING CLUE!

I have changed since watching Kline suffer so much, I CAN'T STAND STUPID SELFISH PEOPLE!


In my opinion schools should not celebrate with food of any kind!!!! Lets train our kids that happiness and celebration does not come from food, but who you are with,  what you are doing, and taking others into consideration. Lets teach our kids what life should really be about, family, friends, being healthy, not what tastes good!

ps. I in no way am saying parents in my son's class should by or bring in foods that are ok for Kline to eat. I know how expensive allergy foods are and how stressful it is to shop for him.  I think if we do away with the treats, that would solve the problem all together! Plus, I would never trust another parent to make something for Kline unless they were my really best friends and got it, which thankfully they do!!!!


Sorry for the vent, but I had to get that shit out!!

One angry allergy mom, Loren

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Holy moly it's been 2 years since we stopped putting topical steroids on Kline's skin.

Kline's skin while on topical steroids..pictures below















Well, here we are 2 yrs, 24 months, 104 weeks and 730 days off of topical steroids.  I thought by now Kline would be itch free. Maybe not eczema free, but the insane itchy bastard free! But, he is flaring again...oozing even in some spots.  His feet are still a Huge challenge and they are the itchiest part of all of his body. 

It seems like our life has always been like this at this point. It's hard to remember a time that skin and itch did not consumer our whole family life.

Emotionally, this month has been challenging for me because I was really thinking deep down that this would be over by now. 

Sure, he is 85% better than 2 yrs ago or even when he was on the steroids, but come on!!! The poor kid has suffered enough! Time to move on itchy bastard!!

As Kline says, " Mom, the itchy monster is a real asshole!"

Yeah, I know he shouldn't be cussing but he is freaking right! The itchy bastard is the biggest asshole I have ever met!

So farewell mother fucker....get out of our home and leave my baby alone for once and for all!!!

Kline pictures during topical steroid withdrawal, he used steroids for + years for eczema.

Month one of no steroids

















month 2 off steroids pictures






























Month 4-6 off topical steroids, Kline's bloody pj's


























Months 6-12 off topical steroids






this was sunburn on his shoulders, be careful in the sun!!







KLine's first boil
































KLine's only skin infection...make sure you use apple cider vinegar in the bath!!!


















Polar bear club!!



















the damn neck!


























Itchy bastard go away!!

one year off topical steroids

























1 and 1/2 years off topical steroids


















an itchy flare...they can last for 10 minutes to 2 hours still and then the skin goes pale again









klines feet now at 2 years are his worst part too..he never had eczema on his feet before tsa!



2 years off topical steroids ...prescribed heavily for 2 years for eczema!!




















Loren