A New Fear........

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 4:06am
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I went grocery shopping today. I usually pick up my produce and fruits at a different store.

A few weeks ago I had some shirts made for PA DS to wear while I was away bc he is MFA. I had to go out of town bc my grandma pasted away. The shirts say "I have severe food allergies Please ask before you feed me". Well he loves to wear them bc he helped make them and picked out the colors and the emblem for them...ANYways..........

He had one on today and we were at the check out and the cashier read it and she said...I like his shirt...its cute....But does he really have food allergies or is it a joke shirt? I was stunned. It took a moment for me to compose myself enough to answer her. I told her "No its not a joke its very serious and he could die". I never thought anyone would ever think it was a joke shirt.

Do I have to worry now that when he wears these shirts people will not take it seriously??????????

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 4:15am
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ALLERGYMOM, how old was the cashier? (not that it really matters maybe).
My PA son had buttons when he was under 4 to indicate he had PA. When he started school, he didn't like wearing them. Not because they identified him as PA, but because they were uncomfortable for whatever reason (he is great with his MedicAlert bracelet and Epi-belt).
I honestly can't remember anyone ever saying anything when he had one of those buttons on.
I know there are a lot of members here whose children (especially when young) do have t-shirts or other things that they wear to help identify them even more clearly (clearer than the MedicAlert and Epi-belt) and hopefully you'll get some response from them.
But who would joke about food allergies? (oh, all I have to do is go into the Media thread and read any number of posts about FA's being joked about on sitcoms).
Somehow I don't think you have anything to worry about, but, on the other hand, since my son has never really worn anything except the pins, I'm not sure.
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Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 7:45am
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You probably shocked her with your answer and your expression on your face. Right on!!She won't forget that moment. Now she will think twice about making a joke. One more person educated. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
edited for sp. mistake.
[This message has been edited by Sandy (edited April 22, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 04/22/2004 - 1:43pm
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Allergymom, I think people will take the shirt seriously. You were there and she asked you. If a person working one of those tables giving out food saw that shirt, I do think they would take it seriously, and would not give anything if you were not there to ask. Even if they [i]thought[/i] it was a joke - they would be risking a law suit. [i]I realize you want it stopped before it happens - you don't want anything to happen - I just mean that people think twice when it might cost them something and a warning on a shirt is still a warning and I think people wouldn't take the risk[/i].
I hope I stated that clearly.

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 1:25am
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AM:I totally get what you are saying [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I understand that money speaks louder than any thing else. Its just that he will start kinder this year and I have sooooo many fears. He will wear his medic alert everyday, shirts, and buttons. The shirts and buttons for the firts few days and for any party they may have. I feel as though I have covered all bases and will meet with the staff, nurse and Principle this summer. A comment like that just puts a little extra fear......thats all [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Cindy: She was young. I plan to get the pins also. I did get some good news though...If the dr writes a note DS will be allowed to wear his Epi Pen at school at all times [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] This school has been really great [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 3:27am
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It does sound like you've covered all the bases. And allowing him to wear the epi-belt is a great step. (I realize not everyone wants that, but when you do want it, it is very important.)
Good luck. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 4:23am
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AM: I am not sure about him wearing it. He is only 5. I just thought it was a good sign bc the school suggested it [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] It was their idea. I thought that was great. It gives me a feeling that they will be easy to work with. I told them I was not sure about it and would let them know at our meeting.
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Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 4:59am
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Allergymom, just for your info....
My son was 4 or 5 when he started wearing his epi-belt to school. I went in expecting to fight for the right to have it kept in his class - and instead got handed their requests/requirements. One epi to be left in the office, with his name on it. One epi to be carried *on his person*. I didn't like that idea. They said they would *temporarily* allow the teacher to be responsible for it, but I got the impression that wouldn't go on for long.
I did talk to people here on the board (not privately, but actually on the board) and decided to get the belt and let him wear it. Now, I know it won't ever be forgotten in his class, or even left at school when he comes home. He's been wearing it for a year, and though I had concerns, I'm definitely glad the school sort of pushed the issue with me.
I have to run and pick up the kids from school, but I'll try to find the thread so you can look over the opinions of various people. I'm not trying to talk you in to anything - I do feel everyone has to decide for themselves and there is no right or wrong in this particular decision. I just remember how hard I struggled with the personal decision, and how much people here helped me.

Posted on: Wed, 05/05/2004 - 5:20am
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AM: Thanks.........I really would like to know what others think. In our situation I have a choice. Just if I choose to let him wear it I need a letter from the Ped. I searched for the thread you were talking about but could not find it. I am still on the fence about this one and any suggestions would be great. I have to decide before our meeting at the close of summer.
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Posted on: Wed, 05/05/2004 - 6:39am
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I had to laugh myself when I read this, not that I think its funny but I can't believe the ignorance of some people. Some people just have diahrea of the mouth. Even if you thought it might be a joke, if you had to ask it wasn't funny in the first place!
I like your idea, where did you get the tshirts, was it on here?

Posted on: Wed, 05/05/2004 - 7:37am
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momtomitchell: I went to our local graphic shop and told them what I wanted on the shirts and they let DS pick out the colors and the character. I am going to take in his lunch pail and his backpack and have it put on those also. If they can do it????
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