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Horrible 4th....now what?!
Yesterday we went to my brother's house for the 4th. My mother reminded my SIL not to have peanuts or nuts because of my DS. My whole family knows exactly what he is allergic to-peanuts, dogs, cats, horses, pollen, ragweed and mold. So, when we got there I checked out the food table. Of course, there were two pans of bars marked WITH NUTS on them. One was fudge and the other I did not look at because I assumed it was tree nuts. He is not allergic to tree nuts and she had them on the counter where the little kids could not get them so I was ok with it. Well, 4 or so hours later I went in the house and my mother quickly stuffed something in her mouth so I would not see. I asked her what she was eating, she did not answer, so I lifted the cover off the pan of bars I thought contained tree nuts. To my surprise there they were PEANUTS. I asked her why she was eating those and she said she could not resist ONE. My SIL was standing there and said my mother had been eating them all day. I was so upset I said "Thank you for putting my child's life in danger." I told
my husband we were leaving.
All of our stuff was at my mother's house a few blocks away. We were going to stay overnight, but my husband blew up and said we were not. He was first upset at me because he did not know why I was so angry. My mother was home by then and said she was sorry for eating them. Of course, I was also upset with my SIL. But, my mother has read a few books I have given her so she knows exactly what can happen to him and how fast it can happen. By the way, we go there frequently and she still has nuts and peanut butter in her house.
My mother always thinks she is right and I am always wrong. I am 36 and she still thinks she can control my life including my children. She even tells me how to get their hair cut.
Anyway, I am at the end of my rope explaining to my family about his allergies. Like I have posted about my family before, they think everything is a joke and don't take anything seriously. My oldest brother is the only one who seems to understand. You would think, if they were
concerned about it, they would want to know everything about it.
I guess, if my mother ever contacts me, I am going to tell her she can't have any peanut stuff around at all. We go there so often that peanut gunk could be anywhere. My DH is finally on my side about this whole thing. The whole way home last night to our house I was crying telling him no one understands but me how severe it is because I was the only one to see his initial reaction. Since his testing in April, he has become more allergic than before, a 4 out of 5.
What would you do? I know some of you are comfortable taking your kids where there are nuts and peanuts, but I am not. The nearest hospital is 20 minutes away from my mother's house, too far for me. We live 1 minute away from a hospital. I am most comfortable in my own home and probably will be for a long time.
Thanks for listening!! You opinion would be most helpful.