bad article-please help send input to editor

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2006 - 6:39am
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I was just look through the new website that people were talking about (allergmoms.com). Anyways, I found this article, and it just made me so angry reading how people are so ignorant about PA.

Here's a copy of the part that really bothers me. Note this article was written by a "Dr.":

On a recent plane trip the stewardess surprised me by announcing she would not serve the usual peanuts, because there were children on the plane with peanut allergy. No one seemed to object at all. I amused myself by imagining other announcements. There's a newly-sober alcoholic on the plane, so we are going to skip the cocktail service.

Or this: imagine that the restaurant hostess tells you "we have a diabetic here tonight, so we are limiting everyone's carbs to 60 grams per person." That will never happen

How can she compare PA to an alcoholic? I'm planning to write some feed back to the author that perhaps can forward the message to the author. Their email address is [email]sentinel@dnet.net[/email], in case anyone is interested to do the same.

Here's the link to the full article.
[url="http://www.smokymountainsentinel.com/news/2006/1115/Community/007.html"]http://www.smokymountainsentinel.com/news/2006/1115/Community/007.html[/...

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2006 - 8:06am
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I e-mailed the paper with just a short message about how I hoped the Dr. understood that airlines aren't holding off on peanuts for the moral support of those kids who don't get to be included, that it's about airborne peanut dust in an enclosed space. The Dr. e-mailed me back with a pleasant message saying that she wasn't actually equating the situations; it just led her to think about the other situations, and about how the things people do around us affect us. She said it would be helpful for the newspaper to run an article about peanut allergy.

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2006 - 10:58am
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I must admit when I first read the article the first time, I was kind of miffed by her comical behavior about PA.
Then I re-read it several more times, it seems to be clear that she was speaking mainly for the diabectics. She should have left the PA out of all together...it was purely an irrelevant information piece altogether.

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2006 - 11:20am
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I have to say that I didnt even see that article until it was mentioned here. I am sitting here is disbelief.
I know some people are unfamiliar with food allergies, but a doctor. It makes me sad for my son that people walk around with that kind of attitude!!
Take care all,
Gina

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2006 - 12:15pm
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I'm not surprised at all that a doctor doesn't know squat about food allergies. I changed pediatricians because our doctor didn't believe a child could even have food allergies even after showing him pictures and ER paperwork supporting that he does. Our new pediatrician doesn't have much of a clue as far as dealing with MFA but at least believes he has them. At our most recent visit I was educating her on why we can't use most items to fatten up Aiden, such as Pediasure and the new bars.
I do hate that the doctor even made a joke about it. Non PA parents don't need to pick up on that kind of attitude. It makes our life harder and very defensive - neither is a good combination for building a safe bridge.
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Mommy to Aiden (1/26/05) PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered and Connor (7/21/06) with possible egg allergy

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2006 - 3:52pm
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I emailed the paper and got a reply back from the Dr. She sounded like she didn't really mean to put it the way I was interpreting it. So I guess I feel a little better. Sometimes I'm tired of trying to educate everyone in the world about food allergies.

Posted on: Sat, 11/18/2006 - 3:24am
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Ok, I emailed them too and said that making light of the special needs of others is not the way to get more understanding or accommodation for diabetics.
I'll see if I get a reply.
Gina

Posted on: Sat, 11/18/2006 - 3:31am
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i just want to know who in the h*ll wants/needs peanut so bad (especially that tiny little bag) on an airplane that they would poke fun about a child's allergy????? what a pitiful excuse for an adult. very childish behavior.
no wait...i take that back....children usually act with much more compassion.
i can't imagine a grown man or woman making this big of a deal out of having to forego less than a handful of peanuts so another passenger could have a safe and pleasant flight.
i'm not even usually one of the more vocal PA people....but this is really ridiculous when you stop and break the whole thing down.

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2006 - 8:06am
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I e-mailed the paper with just a short message about how I hoped the Dr. understood that airlines aren't holding off on peanuts for the moral support of those kids who don't get to be included, that it's about airborne peanut dust in an enclosed space. The Dr. e-mailed me back with a pleasant message saying that she wasn't actually equating the situations; it just led her to think about the other situations, and about how the things people do around us affect us. She said it would be helpful for the newspaper to run an article about peanut allergy.

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2006 - 10:58am
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I must admit when I first read the article the first time, I was kind of miffed by her comical behavior about PA.
Then I re-read it several more times, it seems to be clear that she was speaking mainly for the diabectics. She should have left the PA out of all together...it was purely an irrelevant information piece altogether.

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2006 - 11:20am
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I have to say that I didnt even see that article until it was mentioned here. I am sitting here is disbelief.
I know some people are unfamiliar with food allergies, but a doctor. It makes me sad for my son that people walk around with that kind of attitude!!
Take care all,
Gina

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