Balloons. They are a mind f*ck. As far as a Latex allergy goes it’s pretty much the worst offender because it releases particles in the air while being blown up, while being popped, residue while being played with.
When I see them I have to figure out where they were blown up, was it in this room? Is there residue floating in the air?
Then how do you control kids and balloons.? (You don’t). How do you tell them not to pop them, not to swish them, don’t touch the baby after touching the balloons.
The thing about a cumulative latex allergy is it gets worse with exposure. We could be fine today, but next time it could get a lot worse. How much exposure grace do we have? Will all this exposure will it come back to haunt us when she’s a teenager and she goes into Anaphylaxis?
One thing that happens currently in real time which has nothing to do with Blake, is me, mom. Mom has straight up panic attacks. I see kids swishing balloons or popping or blowing them up and straight up have an anxiety attack. I don’t know how concerned to be, if we should stay or go, how to be polite. People just don’t know, no one means to make poison air. We’ve sat through 4 parties with decorative balloons, with no popping and no reactions, but my heart rate has been through the roof.
Today, we left a party with balloons. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth the chance and it’s not worth the anxiety. I’m proud of me for removing us from the situation.
I’ll work on my communication with party organizers in the future and we simply won’t go if the balloons are there. It will be fine, we will adapt.
Also poor Blake can’t have cake either because of her egg allergy. She’s not made for birthday parties. :(.
The cake issue is easy for us though, I just bring her something else.
If your reading this and had balloons at an event, don’t feel bad, I should have communicated better. I feel like I am a broken record with this stuff so I sometimes forget to tell people beforehand and wrongly assume they know. I’m just learning how to be Blake’s mom. - 3 hours ago