I don’t know about you but I always feel like January 1st sneaks up on me WAY TOO FAST! By the time I finally finish making the family Christmas rounds, sort out the gifts and make my thank-you note lists it’s December 29th. That leaves me just 2 days to wrap up end of year things before the new year is rung in with champagne and a sparkly dropping ball.
With 2014 beginning tomorrow, let me share with you both my Goodbye 2013 food allergy checklist and my Hello 2014 food allergy checklist. Perhaps it will benefit you, too.
Goodbye 2013 Checklist:
- Check EpiPen & Auvi-Q Expirations: As a reminder, all epinephrine auto-injectors expire in roughly 12 months. The expiration date can be found on the box and auto-injector device. (Don’t forget about the ones at grandma & grandpa’s house, daycare, school, etc.)
- Check Balance of HSA/Flex-Spending Accounts: Decide what you want to do with the remaining balance. Spend down the balance or roll-over to next year, depending on your plan. Are there any other expenses you should pay before the end of this year?
- Refill Prescriptions: Thanks to food allergies and asthma, we almost always max out our (rather high) insurance deductible. So we always refill our EpiPen and Auvi-Q prescriptions at the end of December. If you plan to refill or even fill for the first time your EpiPen and/or Auvi-Q prescription, don’t forget to take your $0 co-pay card.
Hello 2014 Checklist:
- Review your emergency allergy/asthma action plan.
- Schedule a meeting to review the emergency action plan with the school nurse and teacher.
- Train & retrain your babysitters, school teachers, grandparents, daycare providers, etc. on how to use an epinephrine auto-injector
- Begin to pull together your documentation for your food allergy tax write-off. Yes you heard that correctly — there are tax write-offs for those with food allergies. Check out this great guest post by Tracy Bush over at It’s an Itchy Little World to see how you can get tax savings on your 2013 tax return.
- Reorganize your pantry, label all safe and unsafe foods
- Consider what didn’t work well in 2013 and make the appropriate changes to make 2014 the best year yet!