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Posted on: Tue, 02/08/2005 - 12:45pm
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Just Little V.
Little A's allergiest has told me to not let him eat peanuts or thier products due to the fact that you [b]cannot[/b] keep them apart!!!Boy do I understand that. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Not to mention that his older sister had pbj at school a few years back and kissed Little V in the face boom thier you go. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
The less chances we take the better we all are.JMO
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Posted on: Wed, 02/09/2005 - 5:04am
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Thanks again for all the kind words and support. My kids continue to do fine - they were eager to go back to school Monday and yesterday was an all day field trip so we are back into the thick of school inspite of the severe peanut allergy reaction incident of Friday.
The school has formed a committee and is devolping policy. That is the message but what has actually been done so far trnaslates into a lot of talk and minimal action. I have been assured by the principal and the school nurse that they are going to infomr the parents of what happened. I have also asked for a ban on unlabelled snacks. The response is that they would like to ban peanuts altogether and in fact would prefer to ban all snacks sent from home. The prinicpal is talking about the school providing nutritious snacks instead of parents brining in snacks. This is a small (300 students) private school that provides hot lunch through a caterer - we have no cafeteria. The prinicpal is hoping that perhaps Fridays bear tragedy can be used as a spring board towards a cafeteria and heatlhy food policies to comabt food allergy problems, diabets, obesity and tooth decay. I am concerned that asking for so much I will wind up without what matters most to me - no peanut products or at least no unlabelled food items.
When the children came home on Monday they each had stories about classmates telling them that p[eanut allergy is not real and that peanuts can not kill anyone. I spoke with the nurse about this today and asked that she do some educating with the children. I am afraid that if the children truly believe that peanuts are safe it makes things more dangerous for my children. And others with allergies. Hopefully if the information comes from someone in a position of authority the message will carry more weight.
This is dragging on and feels like slogging through mud. It all seems so straightforward to me. And of course I am still shaking from the stress of it all. Time and patience I suppose.
thanks again..............

Posted on: Wed, 02/09/2005 - 7:07am
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Hi Diane, I'm glad your kids are doing okay at school. Sounds like the school is on the right track with making changes. Although it probably will take longer than you'd like.
As far as the kids talking at school, I agree, there should definitely be some sort of discussion about food allergies in class. My twins are in kindergarten also, at the beginning of the year I gave the teacher "Alexander the Elephant" tape to play for the kids. It's about an elephant that can't eat peanuts. You can get it from FAAN.
I don't know if you do it already, but my son ( i think other pa kids here do) has a safe snack box at school. I supply and replenish it and he only eats from that or what I put in his backpack. I still have a hard time trusting other people feeding my son. Call it paranoia, but it works for me
Take care and fill us in on any school changes.
renny

Posted on: Wed, 02/09/2005 - 8:43am
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On the thing about what other children are saying to them. I wonder if the children were afraid the peanuts would be unsafe for them, now, meaning the non-allergic children. Seeing a friend get sick maybe scared them from eating them. Perhaps parents at home were trying to reassure them that it is safe to eat peanuts and they will not die or get sick, etc... Definately a reason to educate the children at school, from a single and accurate source.
Dd eats lunch at a friend's home once a week. There is a cousin who has joined then this year(all at the same preschool). He has been asking his mother if all sorts of food is safe. He hears my dd doing it and is worried that food he eats is not safe for him. It is confusing to very young children. The 3yo brother of the friend(my dd and her friend are 5), on the contrary, has taken to telling me he is allergic to things, like donuts is the big one I can recall. He is making it up, and gets very mad on our ride home when we do not all believe him. I have had the opportunity to tell them that these allergies are very serious and nothing to make jokes about. It gives me a goreat opportunity to tell the children about food allergies.
Oh, how I wish schools would jump more eagerly on these opportunities. becca

Posted on: Fri, 02/11/2005 - 3:19am
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Thank you for that perspective - I had not considered that perhaps the children who were saying that peanut allergy is not real were trying to reassure themselves. That seems entirely possible. It is unfortunate that children have to deal with something so scary - I dobelieve that accurate information is the best weapon we have against peanut allergy.
There was a school wide emergency staff meeting where reportedly everyone was told about my children's exposure to peanut last week and the resulting near tragedy. A staff person told me that the meetings was very serious and absolute - there was no room for debate. She also said that the nurse received a standing ovation for "saving his life".
Still no letter has been sent home to parents though and still no one has talked to the class where this happened. Things move so slowly - at least it seems that way to me.
Both of my chldren are happily off the steroids and returning to their sunny selves.
again many thanks for the support........

Posted on: Fri, 02/11/2005 - 7:52am
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Glad they are both ok, how scary! Hopefully the school will get moving on the safety issues. In the meantime I would be on the look out Monday for Valentines Day, especially since the letter to parents didn't go out.

Posted on: Sat, 02/12/2005 - 11:37pm
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Hooray! A letter went home to all parents on Friday. The letter was written by the school nurse. She wrote a paragraph about what happened when my children were given the reese's pieces, a paragraph about peanut allergy in general, a paragraph about what was needed to prevent future incidents and a closing paragraph about all parents and children wanting school to be safe for everyone. It was a very detailed and serious letter. How it will be received will vary I suppose. I am feeling so relieved though now that it has been done.
Yes Valentines is another prime opportunity for accidents. Fortunately the weekly teacher note from our class specified very clearly that everyone needed to check their labels and not send anything with nuts. Plus the Valentine party is open to parents so I will be there.
Again much thanks for all the support!

Posted on: Sun, 02/13/2005 - 3:30am
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Excellent! I'm so glad the nurse sent out what seems to be a very informative letter. Since the letter details what happened to your children, I would think that will persuade everyone to comply. Take care!
renny

Posted on: Sun, 02/13/2005 - 4:28am
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That's great news! Hopefully, hearing about what happened will make the othe parents remember not to send anything harmful in.
Glad the school is following through on it's promises!
Meg

Posted on: Sun, 02/13/2005 - 6:14am
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Hello all,
For my daughter's 100 day celebration in
k they only had marshmellows and tooth picks. The kids built buildings with them and
made t-shirts, provided by each parent, with fabric paint. They each got to put a hand print on each others shirts so they had 100 fingers. I thought that was pretty cool and we still have the shirt.
I'm new to the board and have read about a "504" plan is it? What is that? My daughter has a nut allergy. I posted under 'schools' today looking for some help.
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