Cuba As I See It, Day 2 – Havana to Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs and Giron

Cuba As I See It, Day 2 – Havana to Cienfuegos via Bay of Pigs and Giron

These observations are simply that: my observations. As the title of my blog indicates, this is “As I See It.” If I am offensive in anything I say, I apologize. That is not my intent. If I am incorrect in any information, I also apologize. I am not an expert, simply a traveler who visited the country for a few days. I hope you enjoy my views. Each day I will tell you what we did on one day of the trip, but I will also give some observations about other topics that span the length of the whole trip. I advise you to start at Day 1 and work your way through. As I go along I will refer…

Delta Airlines Doesn’t Know Peanuts or A Defense Of “Crazy” Food Allergy Parents

Delta Airlines Doesn’t Know Peanuts or A Defense Of “Crazy” Food Allergy Parents

I am on a Delta Airlines flight and they just offered me peanuts. We usually fly American Airlines, so I was shocked. Luckily my daughter is not with me or I would be freaking out.  Why? I am the mom of a child with food allergies. And sitting near someone eating peanuts could kill her. Literally. Last time I checked, an airplane is not a great place to have a major medical emergency. Unlike milk or eggs or most other food allergies, peanuts somehow contaminate the air around them and even a trace amount in the air, similar to the way a smell works, can cause a reaction. So why the peanuts when so many have similar reactions? I have…

Memories of Mexico: Day 4, San Rafael

A Little Background A few years ago, a wonderful lady named Maribel and her daughter, Amanda, attended our church.  Our emotions were mixed when Maribel married Marcello Fernandez, a pastor in New York City: happy for her and her new husband and sad that we would no longer be seeing them on a regular basis.  After a while of service in New York City, they volunteered to move to his native Mexico and pastor a church there.  She extended to us an invitation at that time to come and see them there.  After about 2 years we finally took her up on it. This is the fourth installment in a series about that trip. You may read the first three posts by clicking on Day…

Memories of Mexico: Day 3, Potrero Nuevo and Casitas

A Little Background A few years ago, a wonderful lady named Maribel and her daughter, Amanda, attended our church.  Our emotions were mixed when Maribel married Marcello Fernandez, a pastor in New York City: happy for her and her new husband and sad that we would no longer be seeing them on a regular basis.  After a while of service in New York City, they volunteered to move to his native Mexico and pastor a church there.  She extended to us an invitation at that time to come and see them there.  After about 2 years we finally took her up on it. This is the third installment in a series about that trip. You may read the first two posts by clicking on Day 1 and Day…

Memories of Mexico: Day 2, Mesa Del Tigre and Paso Real

A Little Background A few years ago, a wonderful lady named Maribel and her daughter, Amanda, attended our church.  Our emotions were mixed when Maribel married Marcello Fernandez, a pastor in New York City: happy for her and her new husband and sad that we would no longer be seeing them on a regular basis.  After a while of service in New York City, they volunteered to move to his native Mexico and pastor a church there.  She extended to us an invitation at that time to come and see them there.  After about 2 years we finally took her up on it. This is the second installment in a series about that trip. You may read the first post…

Memories of Mexico: Day 1/2 and 1, Travel to Casitas

A Little Background A few years ago, a wonderful lady named Maribel and her daughter, Amanda, attended our church.  Our emotions were mixed when Maribel married Marcello Fernandez, a pastor in New York City: happy for her and her new husband and sad that we would no longer be seeing them on a regular basis.  After a while of service in New York City, they volunteered to move to his native Mexico and pastor a church there.  She extended to us an invitation at that time to come and see them there.  After about 2 years we finally took her up on it. Thursday, December 26, 2013 Day 1/2 We left the Philly airport on the evening of the day…

Food Allergy Tips for the Newly Diagnosed or I Wish I Had Known Then What I Know Now

Though I am trained as an RN, this blog is intended to share our personal story, not to give medical advice. Please consult a doctor for any medical advice you may need. My 4-year-old daughter had severe eczema that was totally out of control. Her skin would crack and ooze and redden and swell and itch mercilessly. Her practitioner decided to do a round of allergy testing. Since her skin was so bad, they did the blood test instead of the skin pricks. I didn’t think much of it; they had done this when she was less than a year old and she was allergic to eggs and peanuts (and dog, but we don’t eat much dog), but that was…