Over 4 years ago, March 10 2008, I posted my first recipe on Speedbump Kitchen. 3 weeks earlier, my eldest had her first full-on anaphylactic reaction to a sip of milk at age 6. She was first diagnosed with milk allergy at 6 months when she enjoyed a full bowl of formula and rice cereal without systemic reaction, but developed a blotchy rash where the formula touched her skin. We were assured that strict avoidance would hasten resolution of this mild allergy…most likely by age 5. Fast forward 6 years of following the rules, reading labels and doing everything possible to resolve this allergy, and a sip of the wrong milk nearly killed her. After a phase a general anger at the allergy profession for their inability to cure anything, I realized this allergy-thing wasn’t going anywhere, and launched Speedbump.
Last week, my eldest, now nearly 10 did what any other kid does when they pass through the kitchen and see a bowl of mashed potatoes…she stuck her finger in and took a taste. Those were not her mashed potatoes. 2 EpiPens and a night in the local Children’s Hospital later, I’m back at the same general frustration at the allergy profession for their inability to cure anything. Barring a miracle, which I pray for nightly, it doesn’t appear this allergy-thing is going anywhere. So here I am, back at the computer, looking bleary eyed at HTML and CSS, launching something new.
Now one week after the heartbreaking allergic reaction, Speedbump Kitchen is fully converted to WordPress from Blogger and ready to take on the world again! I did the transfer myself, but had quite a virtual team helping me out. Many thanks to the patient folks at Host Gator (the kindest and most accessible hosting team on earth), the smart people who wrote the incredibly intuitive Headway Theme, Sharon Hujik for writing the essential ebook on Blogger transfers, and for Jacqui being my backup to hire in case I failed! Hopefully, the worst of computer coding and allergic reactions are behind us.