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Is the Ford Fusion Really Allergy Free?

Is the Ford Fusion Really Allergy Free?

553009_10151549845763856_1959199152_nIt has been a HORRIBLE spring for allergies.  So when I was approached to test drive the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybird, designed to be hypoallergenic, I said an enthusiastic “Yes!”

Can a car really help you stave off an allergy attack?  I was doubtful at first.  Thus far nothing has really relieved my symptoms and after suffering through a long Chicago winter, I wasn’t about to stay indoors and hide from my pesky enemy: pollen!  Having the chance to test the Ford Fusion Hybrid, a car that allegedly “helps to minimize the pollen and skin irritants because it has more than 100 materials and components that meet stringent standards to minimize potential allergy issues,” seemed like a perfect product for our family to try; we all suffer from one allergy or another.  As a bonus, we were able to drive during the worst week of allergy season thus far: mid-May.

 

The Ford Fusion Hybrid saved me from my allergies!

The Ford Fusion Hybrid saved me from my allergies!

My family actually sensed a difference traveling in the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid in comparison to being our old jalopy!  Whether it was because the car was new or because of the well-spaced cabin air filters, the air around us seemed really “clean.” As an added bonus, I felt more alert and less sleepy behind the wheel than I normally do when I drive my car.

AIr filter or speaker?  Not sure but it worked!

AIr filter or speaker? Not sure but it worked!

 

The best adjective we used describe the experience of being in the Ford Fusion Hybrid is “fresh.”  Almost as soon as Lulu got in the car, she stopped sniffling and sneezing. We felt like we could take deep breaths and were refreshed, not sleepy or stuffed up.  But when we exited the car, the “fresh” feeling dissipated. Maybe the scientists at Ford were onto something?

 

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An added bonus?  Taking advantage of the car’s GPS that coincidently connected to an “Allergy Alertapp alerting the driver (me) of potential allergy triggers. (On a side note, this car handled extremely well, had comfortable seats and plenty of leg room)

 

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when I read the press release stating that this car could aid in protecting your family from airborne allergens while traveling in the car.  But after a week of comfortable driving and no sneezing, I’m convinced; there IS SOMETHING to this CAR!   There were literally no “snotty” tissues to pick up, no complaints of sore throats and plenty of child-parent conversations that didn’t involve someone asking me for a tissue.  

In fact, as we consider our next car options, the Ford Focus Hybrid has been added to the top of our list.  If that isn’t an endorsement, I don’t know what is?

Disclosure: I am not a car person; I don’t review cars for a living.  But I am a mom who is concerned about the safety of her family, is budget conscience and also takes pride in have a cool “mom-mobile. ”  All opinions and views with regard to this car review, the company that loaned it to me and the vehicle manufacturer are entirely mine and were not influenced, edited or even reviewed by the companies prior to posting. 

The Glory of the Tooth Fairy

The Glory of the Tooth Fairy

This tooth was taken before its time

This tooth was taken before its time

The tooth didn’t HAVE to come out.  But Lulu insisted when she went to the Orthodontist today that the annoying baby tooth come out. These are her exact words: “I don’t pull my teeth out unless it’s absolutely mandatory! You NEED to get this tooth out!”

I wasn’t there when the dentist gave her the HUGE shot of Novacane but I saw it laying on a tray waiting to be administered.  Flashbacks to the many times I have gripped the dentist’s chair in anticipation of that huge metal cylinder and needle being jabbed into my gums came flashing back to me as I stealthily left the room exclaiming that I had an emergency errand to run.  (Chicken Shit!–come on admit it–you are thinking it aren’t you?  So, yes, I left my baby, my sole child, alone in the dentist’s office to face the needle alone.  May I remind you that she ASKED to have the tooth removed?

Once I returned to the office, the damage (literally) was done.  And Lulu was waiting for me outside the dentist’s office, sucking on a wad of bloody cotton and complaining that the dentist put the needle “into my tooth!  Right in the tooth!  It really hurt.”  Of course she was sort of slurring her words and flecks of blood were spraying out of the gargantuan hole in her mouth.  Where once sat a beautiful little tooth, now was a crater of flesh and, yes, blood.  The dentist assured her that she would stop bleeding within the next two hours.  I was so relieved that I missed the whole “needle and extraction” scene that I really didn’t pay too much attention to what was going on until Lulu stated the following: “The human body only has about 6 quarts of blood in it.  If I continue bleeding at this rate, I’m going to be in trouble.”  Again, the dentist assured her that she really wasn’t losing THAT much blood and to call if there were any complications. (She also mentioned that Lulu seemed very mature for her age. Surprise, surprise <read the sarcasm?>)

I guess there weren’t too many complications.  When Lulu returned home, bloody cotton wad and all, she immediately called a friend and they hooked up the Slip and Slide.  It wasn’t until her friend went home and it was time to clean up that my daughter admitted to me that the  Novacane had worn off and she was in pain.  Question: if she could “Slip and Slide” did she deserve my sympathy too?  Not really but I did take her out for a milkshake and handed her two Advil which immediately made her feel better.

Fast forward to the discussion at the dinner table:  The Tooth Fairy.  Lulu, never one to doubt the existence of a creature who is willing to leave her gifts or money, was less concerned about the true identity of HER fairy and more concerned about her name.  In fact, she left a letter for the tooth fairy to read last night:

Page 1 of the letter to the tooth fairy

Page 1 of the letter to the tooth fairy

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Translation with some commentary:

Dear Tooth (She believes ‘Tooth’ is the fairy’s first name)

The picture I have of you I think is actually one of your workers because you have feathers like in Rise of the Guardians.  You were brave to take the role in public.  Did you have any competition?  

Picture of the Tooth Fairy from the movie, Rise of the Guardians

Picture of the Tooth Fairy from the movie, Rise of the Guardians

So to my point. I went threw (Her spelling, not mine) A LOT of pain to get this little bone (the tooth) out so could you pitch in a little more $$ (Again, Lulu’s symbol–not me trying to cheat a little.)  And don’t throw out this card.  I love the design.  Also, back to the movie (Rise of the Guardians) what was it like?  Someday I want to be as believed in as you.  But a comedian.  Do you think I would have a future?  Is Pitch Black (The dude from the movie who causes nightmares) doing okay?  How’s Kangaroo (Easter Bunny)?  I’m not Christian (Note the symbol: She wasn’t sure how to spell Christian.) So I would not know.  PS. I’m babysitting. 

So there it is.  How should I, um the very busy and TIRED, tooth fairy respond?  I mean, she can’t answer all of those questions!  Enter our little friend: the Internet.  I think that I found the perfect letter in response to Lulu’s quest for more information regarding the Tooth Fairy:

Avoiding the questions and getting to the point.

Avoiding the questions and getting to the point.

Basically, I managed to avoid answering any of her questions and went with some awesome illustrations and hand writing (clearly not my own.)  In fact, this letter was created by Leone Anna Bella Betts, a talented British child’s writer and illustrator, via Rooftop Post.  Fortunately for me, she permits (in fact encourages) parents to use her Tooth Fairy letters and Envelope templates.  (Yes, that is an envelope made of vellum paper in the background.)

I suppose you’re wondering how much Lulu received from the Tooth Fairy given the tremendous bravery and significant pain she endured today?  Three Dollars!  But before you get indignant and protest that Lulu was cheated; these are 3 GOLD coin dollars!  And that, at least to Lulu, still makes a difference.  (Never mind the fact that I get them out of a vending machine at the ice rink every week.)

Lulu leaves for summer camp in two short weeks.  I have to admit that I am a bit grateful for today’s bizarre incident.  I am going to miss that kid and all of the weird, wild adventures and thoughts that come into her head.  Final question:  was she brave or just in a rush to get rid of her baby teeth? Some might even question if there’s a bit of a masochist in my kid: broken wrist two weeks ago and now “encouraging” the dentist to pull her teeth?  If you ask me, I don’t think that Lulu’s going to ask the dentist for a repeat experience.  As far as she is concerned, her teeth (baby or not) are fine where they are.  At least until another one gets “wiggly.”