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Peanuts @ Allergist - How to Respond?
I get allergy shots twice a week; per standard practice, after getting the shots, I have to wait around for about half an hour.
Sitting in the waiting room today, heard the two receptionists talking about--and then opening--a bag of trail mix, which one of them mentioned contained peanuts and other nuts. I was about to leave but still had to go get my parking validated, at which point I requested that they not touch my parking stub. By then, I was in a hurry to get to work, and I didn't really want to hang around an open bag of peanuts.
I'm really, really disturbed by this, to the extent that I don't really feel comfortable going back to my allergist's office without somehow addressing it. I can call the office, but if I do, I'll end up talking to the same receptionists. Both of them are really nice, and I feel like a bit of a git tattling, but this seems kinda important--especially at an allergist's office, where it's pretty much a given that they'll be coming into regular contact with folks with life-threatening peanut allergies. And it seems like if there were one place where I shouldn't have to be hypervigilant, it would be there.
I know that at least my allergist (it's a group practice) is aware that environmental / contact exposure can trigger serious reactions, because he helped with my ADA accommodation paperwork for work.
How would you handle this?
The 3 is silent.