A friend of the PA Childs parents just contacted me.

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 3:05am
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I am really kind of excited. I just got off the phone with a friend of the parents whose child is PA. He hadnt realized that I wasnt ... for lack of oa better term.. half cocked anymore, and started out like he wanted to rip me a new @$#

We talked, and I told him that I had come to this site and that I have learned alot about food allergies, this one in general.
I expressed my apologies to the parents and child concerned, and let him know that I wasnt out to hurt or harm this child in any way. I let him know that my original outrage was due to the fact that the school seemed to bombard us with this, and didnt have the decency to even let us know, the majority of the parents had to find out thru the newspapers or radio.

I also found out (like a lot of you had said) that the school had banned items that the parents hadnt even asked for.

I also now know that the PA parents are not unopen to suggestions, so I told him of a few that I had. for example...

Peanut/nuts stay banned... but for those parents who feel like they MUST send their kids to school with a PB&J sandwich... have a classroom set aside (not just a table in the cafeteria, and not a classroom that he will go in) where the kids with these sandwiches have to eat, and have a seperate garbage can for only peanut products. (because I can almost guarantee that by the end of the school year there will be no more need for that room, the children will ask their mothers not to pack them pb&j or whatever because they want to eat in the cafeteria with the other kids)

I had a few more ideas, and he told me that he would let the parents know that I am not the "devil incarnate" and I expressed my desire to talk with them. (anonymously on their part if they felt better that way)

I think that if we both go to the school board and present them with a well thought out plan, we can send a positive message to everyone!

I am so excited.

Lisa

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 3:18am
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I won't say you are the enemy, nor are you 'coming over to our side', like a Star Wars Reference...
But, thank you for being considerate in your actions... I hope your child (ren) enjoy the school year very much!
Jason

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 4:05am
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I can only imagine how RELIEVED that child's parents feel right now. You did a good thing [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Meg, mom to:
Matt 2 yrs. PA,MA,EA
Sean 2 yrs. NKA

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 5:37am
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Turlisa,
Thank you for trying to understand and trying to provide helpful ideas!
Sue in Sunny Arizona

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 10:05am
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Turlisa,
That's a great suggestion (the separate classroom thing). A great example of how kids with diverse needs can [b]all[/b] be accomodated. There was a thread some time ago about diabetic kids who needed PB to keep blood sugar stable - this would have been a great solution. I guess sometimes parents can be more creative and think "out of the box" more readily than school administrators. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Thanks for keeping an open mind!
Have a great school year.
Amy
[This message has been edited by Going Nuts (edited September 02, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 10:20am
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Turlisa,
Thank you from me too.
I'm very impressed with the way you've handled the situation. In regards to the post about the type of message to be sending to your children, I can't think of a better one...standing up for what you believe in, compromise, compassion, understanding. Well done.

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 1:11pm
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Lisa,
Here! Here! Thank you for being open minded and listening to our experiences and concerns. I am sure that the PA parent is relieved to know that you aren't the devil.....anymore (just kidding)
And I do appreciate hearing your opinion as well. Thanks.
Have a great school year!

Posted on: Thu, 09/02/2004 - 1:15pm
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Quote:Originally posted by smartalyk:
[b] I am sure that the PA parent is relieved to know that you aren't the devil.....anymore (just kidding)
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Well, at least my horns arent showing anymore. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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