Everyone and everything has a unique, unchanging origin story. Batman has the death of his parents, Superman has his spaceship crashing in front of Ma and Pa Kent and even myself and Special Alert has story that can't be changed.
When I was younger I never wore a medical alert bracelet. I'm not sure if I was allergic to the metals, hated the look of it or just plain forgot but it never occurred to me to wear one. Instead, I sported two of the largest, most eye catching buttons you've ever laid your eyes on. Didn't matter what I was wearing, those buttons had to be on me. I don't remember putting up a fuss over them, but looking back I'm sure I did. These bulky buttons were worse then the bright blue Tigger fanny-pack I wore to contain my Epi-Pens. Although, with the way style is headed, I bet my Tigger pack could make a fashion comeback.
The first button (I'm proud to say I still have) showcases all the peanuts and nuts I can't have. Outlined in a a big red STAY AWAY; NOT ALLOWED casing it was really hard to miss. School photos, classroom pictures even family gatherings this button made an appearance and can been seen in photos till I became old enough and lets be honest, less shy about alerting people to my food allergies. This button also became misleading since my food allergies expanded in to some fruits, seeds and now fish. I've left behind my button for a more fashionable medical alert bracelet but it doesn't get the job done quiet as well as this button did. I still own this, it is proudly displayed on a board surrounded by pictures of my friends and family.
And now, the button de resistance. This I'm Special buttons spun the phase my loving mother chanted at restaurants, friends houses, outings, actually anywhere you name it she would say.."Special Alert: My daughter has X allergy don't feed her, touch her food, wash your hands, etc." I was with love and safety that she exclaimed these words but it eventually was turned into a term of humor between my brother and I. This button was produced by AAIA (Allergy Asthma Information Association) so I'm sure I wasn't the only one with this button But, this button inspired me to pursue this blog and name is Special Alert for a few reasons.
When I first started this blog I raked my brain trying to figure out a name that would encompass not only the vast scape of food allergies and intolerances but as well as putting a little bit of love and myself in it. Now that I am an adult and eat our often I've gotten pretty used to explaining my food allergies to those around me, but when my mother is around she still likes to take charge (once a mother, always a mother) so three years ago at dinner, we had a blast from the past when my mother exclaimed special alert, my daughter to our server. I knew right then and there this is what I have to call my personal blog. Special Alert is not only way to inform those around of dietary issues, but to me it will always be a term of endearment, understanding and love.