Do you eat peanuts away from the home?

Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 2:38am
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We had a large Board meeting here at work last week and of the snacks we provided were bags of honey roasted peanuts and cashews. Well I've been eating the honey roasted peanuts at work and they are SO GOOD!! I've never really liked them or not before, but I guess since I can't have them I want them [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] However, I feel so incredibly sneaky! I feel like I'm sneaking cigarettes from my parents or seomthing. Of course I wash my hands and mouth before I go home, but what would happen if I brought home a morsel, or dust was left on my clothing??
So, does anyone else eat peanuts away from their pa child or do you stay completely away from it at all times??

Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 2:50am
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I eat as though I am peanut/nut allergic now. I don't know if I will forever, but I sort of feel the same way a little sneaky or something. I used to love nuts of all kinds but I can live without them now. My dh bought some chocolate covered almonds at our door one day and I was a little ticked at him, but he took them to work and ate them there.
Have a great day
Linda

Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 3:25am
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I eat anything outside of the home, include Reeses PB cups, snickers, granola bars, etc...
Never had a problem with DW for 10+ yrs, so I cant foresee a problem with DD#2 as well.
Jason
Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts
Sara 2-13-98 NKA (Avoiding Nuts)
Meghan 2-28-03 NKA (Avoiding Nuts)
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Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 3:30am
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momtomitchell, okay, I need to find a very old Hallowe'en thread for you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] I think you'll find that the person who posted above me and I are some of the very few PA parents who don't eat peanut products when they are safely away from their PA child.
I remember one Hallowe'en, some other members were egging me about eating the unsafe Hallowe'en treats that my son couldn't have.
I eat exactly the same as my son with the exception that if I'm out without him I may eat a "may contain" product or a product that I'm not 100% sure about for him. This has caused me guilt (well, it did when I ate a "may contain" in front of him [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] ) and it has also caused me guilt when I was taking my non-PA daughter out and eating things that her brother definitely wouldn't be able to have, even though they were never actual peanut products.
To make me even odder - I don't eat tree nuts either and my son isn't even allergic to them. We have a peanut/tree nut free home and I don't even eat anything with tree nuts when I'm away from him or even away from him and say with my daughter. This also raised another *issue* because my non-PA daughter would actually like to try a tree nut and of course, I posted about it here. She's not allergic. Now, the *issue* did come up with her but then it died down as quickly as it came up so I figure I'm not going to say anything until she does about trying a tree nut.
For me, with peanuts, it's just that I can't bring myself to eat something that could kill my son.
But I also have to say that through my life, up until I was 37 when I found out my son was PA, I didn't eat a lot of peanut products to begin with anyway. I have hated pb since I was 4 years old and have never, in my adult life purchased a jar of pb. So, you figure I'm on my own (out of my parents' home) from the age of 21 on and I didn't buy pb in 16 years before the PA diagnosis.
Now, those honey roasted peanuts. Well.....
I have been known to scarf down a jar of those pre-PA.
Let me see if I can find some old threads so I can help assuage your guilt.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 3:32am
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I no longer eat peanuts/nuts. If I did, I think that I would worry too much about getting my son sick by touching/kissing him. He is only 3 and I already feel I am somewhat less affectionate with him than I was with my DD because of the allergy.
I am already a worrier and a bit paranoid due to the allergy. Nuts are not worth any risk to my son's safety.

Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 3:38am
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
For me, with peanuts, it's just that I can't bring myself to eat something that could kill my son.
I guess I don't have a problem eating something that could kill my daughter (or my wife)
But then again, there are other things that could kill my daughter, including bananas, eggs, milk, etc etc...
Me? I don't think of it that way.
But again, thats our OWN situation [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Jason
Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts
Sara 2-13-98 NKA (Avoiding Nuts)
Meghan 2-28-03 NKA (Avoiding Nuts)
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Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 3:39am
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momtomitchell, I found about 4 threads (maybe 5 [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] ) under Living with PA and re-raised them where there is discussion of this. I think the funniest read is the Hallowe'en one because, as I said, I do think I am one of those rare PA parents that doesn't eat peanut products when they're away from their PA child.
Hope this helps. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 4:12am
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Thank you for all those bumps. It was definately a good read. You did make me feel better, some of the posts gave me a good chuckle!
Lots of great advice too. This is our first halloween where my son (2 1/2) might actually care about the candy and we weren't sure what to do....thanks again!

Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 4:13am
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Hi Momtomitchell:
Yes, I sometimes do eat peanut products away from my son. I usually assess the situation w/regards to my proximity to my son.
For the most part, as long as I am not on my way to pick him up, if I really want the peanut product I will eat it (and take precautions like you do to make sure I don't leave residue on my hands, etc). I didn't when he was younger, only beccause I spent too much time carrying him, etc.
My boys are now in 2nd grade. While I don't buy peanut products for the home, if someone comes home w/something they are allowed to trade it in, or eat it. If they eat it, we follow a washing up/cleaning up protocal (sp?). I think in some ways this is helpful as my son can see what precautions to use if someone is eating a peanut product.
Hope this helps.
Kelly

Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 4:23am
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Quote:Originally posted by momtomitchell:
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So, does anyone else eat peanuts away from their pa child or do you stay completely away from it at all times??[/b]
I do eat peanut products when my child is not around & I am not home. & my hubby eats shellfish when I am not around & Peanuts when our daughter is not around. I never eat in front of my child anything that she cannot eat; I always passup cakes candies & other treats at parties. But when she is not around I indulge. I don't feel guilty about it either. I give up a lot for her (& have no problem doing that) but I don't feel that means I have to give up everything. So a peanut snack now & again is a pleasure for me.
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Allergic to Shellfish/ Mom to Jesse 9/01 who has PA

Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2004 - 4:53am
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Does it make ANY sense to be really MAD at a food?!? Well, even if it doesn't, I'm just plain mad at peanuts and won't eat them anymore.
Oddly enough, it's not so much for fear of his safety because I know I'd never put that in jeopardy, but I'm just plain mad at peanuts.
Ok, ok stop laughing at me [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I do eat dairy and egg products though, carefully in the house when my son is napping or outside with dad or something like that. I'm not mad at those products. Go figure. Can't explain it.
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