I keep noticing that people automatically assume that as long as my son doesn't eat peanuts or peanut butter he won't have a reaction. What other common assumptions do you come across?
Here's a new one: "We don't have enough staff to read every label."
This is the response I received when I attempted to describe my daughter's allergy to the camp sponsoring an upcoming team retreat. Ironically, looking at the proposed menu for the week, there are no items that should have peanuts or tree nuts - the truth would be in the label. You all know where they hide!
Cross Contact Risk: Low
Staff Support: Low
Solution: Peanut Free Godmother Catering (AKA Mom)
Fortunately she has an awesome coach, who is willing to carry a large cooler of food so my daughter can participate in the retreat and eat safely.
I've heard that some people think that if they can't see nuts there aren't nuts in it and it's safe for someone with a PA/TNA to eat.. gets annoying
My husband walks away when someone says that to me, because he knows I'm going to start "teaching" them all about food allergies and that we're going to be there for a while. I know what you mean by saying it gets annoying though. It would be easier if people just understood.
I'm new to the peanut allergy and I'm already hearing people say I'm going overboard - that all of those "may contain trace amounts of..." and "this product manufactured in a facility that..." warnings are just to cover the companies legally and that I can just ignore them, even though I've also had reactions to coffee that I found out is "manufactured in a facility that..." I mention this reaction and they say that it's in my head, that I'm thinking about it too much and making it happen. I am nervous about it. It's hard to find a balance.
It can be overwhelming, but trust me that it does get easier over time. For our family, we take the labels as serious warnings of cross contamination. My son nearly died when he was two from a product "manufactured in a facility with..." I know you'll find your way soon, just make sure you carry your epinephrine because those accidents happen. Good Luck.
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