Thursday, 10 June 2010

Sometimes it's a burden...

Heavy metal gave me a couple of ideas - eventually... One of them I haven't had a chance to pursue yet but when I do, I'll share that too. Meanwhile, here's the one I did follow up already:

f/2.8, 1/6 sec, ISO-200

This is my Medic Alert bracelet. I wear it because of my nut allergy. (I wear it on my right wrist, which made taking this photograph an interesting challenge - turns out I'm not at all ambidextrous!)

It's made of metal, which fits the prompt; but it's actually lightweight - it's designed to be worn all the time, so needs to be comfortable. So why heavy?

Well, that describes the burden that comes with the allergy. It's only now and then that I feel its weight, but it can get to be a burden at times. I have to be careful what I eat. I have to check packaging carefully. Sometimes I can't eat something because I can't be sure it's safe. Going abroad can be even more of a problem - one of the first phrases I try to learn in a new language is 'I'm allergic to nuts!' But companies, restaurants etc can then go overboard in trying to cover themselves, slapping warnings onto all their packaging, refusing to guarantee that anything is free from traces of nuts. Kinnerton is a rare and welcome exception: they run a segregated factory so that those products containing nuts are kept completely away from their nut-free products. Generally though I have to try to make sensible decisions about things - steering a careful course between avoiding absolutely everything because it 'may contain traces of nuts', and getting blase about the warnings and eating anything I like!

Even all this, though, I can cope with. The heaviest burden of all is that The Boy has inherited my allergy. He too needs to check ingredients and packaging. He too needs to have EpiPens (adrenaline injections) near at all times. He too has visited A&E more than once because of allergic reactions. I know it's not my fault and I don't beat myself up over it, but he did inherit his allergic tendencies from me and sometimes I feel guilty about that.

Sometimes my Medic Alert bracelet is heavy metal.

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Who else is following Boot Camp? How are you finding it? I'm enjoying the challenge of choosing a photographic response to each challenge; the journaling part hasn't spoken to me so much, but I'm actually finding that there's usually something I want to say about the photograph I've taken and the reasons for choosing that subject. I haven't shared those thoughts within every blog post as I have done here, but the thoughts are there. An art journal is brewing I think!

16 comments:

Cheri said...

A very thoughtful response to the prompt - and heavy indeed! Your bracelet looks well worn too!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'm enjoying boot camp a lot! I have only done about half the journal prompts, but I do find that thinking about creating is a good thing.
Rinda

debs14 said...

It must be so tough to teach him to remember to ask about everything when he is out without you. Seems like these allergies are on the increase too.
A very clever take on the prompt!

Sian said...

Nut allergy certainly does sound like a bit of a hard one. I love the way you've looked at this prompt; it's a perfect idea for heavy metal. I have a friend with one of those bracelets. She's an anaesthetist and Health and Safety want her to take it off in theatre. She's standing firm!

A good post.

scrappyjacky said...

A heavy burden indeed....and a really thoughtful post about it.DD1 has a severe allergy to a certain medication...luckily that is easy to avoid taking....but she almost certainly developed it due to me being prescribed it at the end of my pregnancy...which does cause guilty feelings.
Not too sure on boot camp myself...it's probably not 'practical' enough for me....the journaling part doesn't interest me at all....but enjoy seeing what others have done with the 'word' prompts.

The Creative Beast said...

i second scrappyjacky on the thoughtfulness of this post...some diseases can be difficult to work around in the larger world, such as diabetes and food allergies and it's a shame that Big Business is more invested in protecting themselves instead of protecting customers. great post!

Denise said...

A really interesting take on the prompt.Heavy metal indeed.:-)

Heather said...

Great post Mel. I'm not joining in the Bootcamp but I am following what everyone is doing. The journalling put me off!

Anesha said...

Thanks for sharing your very personal take on this prompt.I can only image how tough it must be for both of you.
I am really loving the journalling prompts, they seem to be speaking to me. Things speak to us all at different times in different ways. Really enjoying seeing and reading what other are taking away form this. Have a great day. Anesha :)

Karen said...

Great post; I'm sure a nut allergy must be difficult. When I taught there were several kids in my school with nut allergies. We all learned to be very careful and to read the packaging of anything that was to be shared in the classroom.

I'm enjoying Bootcamp. I haven't done the writing pieces, but have done a lot of thinking about them and am enjoying the "conversations" on participant's blogs.

helena said...

Like you and Rinda I haven't really engaged with the journalling prompts but am enjoying creating an image prompted by the daily word. Loving the wide range of ways that people are responding to each prompt

Ruth said...

I love how you have interpreted this prompt ~ very thought provoking.
I'm afraid that I've done nothing with Boot Camp this week, what with DH away, and mum here and life in general!

melissa said...

love your take on this, it is a very meaningful expression!

Amy said...

That is certainly heavy enough metal to bear Mel :-)

I am enjoying boot camp for exactly the reason you have shared here today - the photographs are creating a whoile new journal response for me and I think that is great :-) Also loving the blog comments discussions too!

Carmen said...

I've really loved seeing everyone's different takes on these prompts. They really get you thinking don't they?

Yours is so thoughtful and definitely fits so well with Heavy Metal.

Fiona said...

great take on the word prompt. I am enjoying Boot camp. Some of thejournal prompts I have written more for than others - and I have not shared everything that I have written on my blog!