Dr. Laura

Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2006 - 4:22pm
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OK I admit it, I listen to Dr. Laura when I have time. I am not always in favor of her recommendations and prejudices but she has some wisdom there as well.

Not today.

A mother of a 6 year old girl with PA called. Her daughter's class was to go on a field trip and this mother was told she could not accompany her daughter.

She asked Dr. Laura what should she do.

Dr. Laura asked a few questions about PA, it seems she has not much information at all about PA. She said "You mean your daughter can die if another child gets peanut butter on her and you want my PERMISSION to let her go on the field trip? Of course she can't go if you ask me like that?"

You know my blood was boiling.

The mother tried to backtrack but Dr. Laura would not let her. She just screeched at this woman "YOUR DAUGHTER IS OLD ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF HERSELF" and ended the phone call.

All she had to do was say "tell the school your daughter cannot go on the trip unless you or an extremely competent adult accompany her." But Dr. Laura did not have the facts and failed this mother miserably.

I LEVITATED to the phone and called and got thru! They would not put me on the air because they don't discuss other calls. I asked the screener did Dr. Laura know ANYTHING about PA and the screener said "she is not a medical doctor (I knew that) and might welcome your information. She directed me to go to her site and register and send her an email.

You are limited to 3000 characters and I used every single one of them. I was polite but very firm and offered any help she needed to become educated about FAs so she could pass on accurate responsible compassionate information to her callers.

Also the main thrust of my letter was "PA is so new and so on the increase, please understand the peanut worshippers of this world have not yet caught up with those of us who consider peanuts to be poison. We are classified as over protective mothers who need to get a life when we are mostly always responsible for teaching our children how to save their own lives at an age where no child should have to even imagine their own death."

We'll see if she bites.

Peggy

[This message has been edited by Peg541 (edited June 14, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2006 - 9:46pm
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"Your daughter is old enough to take care of herself"?? She said this of a six-year-old?! Good God!
I have no idea who Dr. Laura is (I'm not a television watcher), but this woman just did a great disservice to all of us moms with FA kids. People who saw that show will follow her lead. Sigh...

Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2006 - 10:45pm
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My DD is almost 11 and I don't agree that she is old enough to take care of herself entirely--YET!. Definitely, not a 6 yo. Granted, I believe that at 11, my daughter has more maturity to deal with her allergy than at 6, but she is learning ways to deal with it everyday because the ultimate goal is that when she is older (like Peggy's son and all other adults with PA), she will be able to deal with it and take care of herself.
When my DD was not quite 4, I was checking out preschools for her. This one that I particularly liked alot, very clean, very creative, had a director that when I spoke of her allergy said "She is perfectly capable of taking care of herself at this age." After a few choice words for this director, I did not end up going there after that comment. Every child needs guidance no matter what the age.
Good for you, Peg! It just makes my blood boil when someone who has no experience dealing with PA thinks they know it all!

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 1:40am
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Dr. Laura lost all credibility in my eyes years ago when I heard a woman call Dr. Laura because she had hired the neighborhood kid to feed her cat. The woman was distressed because when she got back she found dry cat food 'hidden' in different parts of her house....in a shoe in the closet....under a pillow, etc. The woman was convinced that the kid she'd hired to feed the cat had hidden the food.
Dr. Laura advised the woman to meet with the kid and his parents to find out why the child did this.
I'm yelling at the radio.....YOU IDIOT! THERE"S A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE!! Obviously the poor kid had fed the cat and a mouse was robbing the cat dish and hiding the food.....typical mouse behaviour.
Maybe Dr. Laura doesn't know doodly-squat about mice but anyone with any common sense would realize that it didn't make sense that the child 'hid' the cat food.
I don't listen to her any more. Whether PA or mice, she often doesn't 'get it'. Sometimes she's short on common sense.

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 2:40am
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I agree Adele, she is short on common sense sometimes and often totally misses the point of a call.
Yet I insist that people in the public eye need to be supportive and compassionate about us here in the trenches. She has the ear of millions and can do wonders for us and our children with a few well placed INTELLIGENT words.
She's going to get more and more calls about PA and schools and her responsibility is to get educated fast.
Peg

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 2:06am
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I think Dr. Laura read my email. I THINK.
The other day I caught the tail end of a call. The caller was saying : [b]How much longer are we supposed to cater to this child? Is this fair to my child? [/b]
And Dr. Laura answered : [b]For as long as your child is in the presence of this child it is your responsiblity to help keep this child safe, a peanut allergy is a potentially fatal allergy and it is the least you can do to help this family keep their chid safe![/b]
Now I bolded it but it not an exact quote. It is what I heard her say, I did not hear the entire phone call.
Sounds like Dr. Laura is getting herself some education re: PA. I am emailing her today to thank her.
Peggy

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 2:32am
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Way to go Peggy!
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Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2006 - 9:46pm
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"Your daughter is old enough to take care of herself"?? She said this of a six-year-old?! Good God!
I have no idea who Dr. Laura is (I'm not a television watcher), but this woman just did a great disservice to all of us moms with FA kids. People who saw that show will follow her lead. Sigh...

Posted on: Tue, 06/13/2006 - 10:45pm
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My DD is almost 11 and I don't agree that she is old enough to take care of herself entirely--YET!. Definitely, not a 6 yo. Granted, I believe that at 11, my daughter has more maturity to deal with her allergy than at 6, but she is learning ways to deal with it everyday because the ultimate goal is that when she is older (like Peggy's son and all other adults with PA), she will be able to deal with it and take care of herself.
When my DD was not quite 4, I was checking out preschools for her. This one that I particularly liked alot, very clean, very creative, had a director that when I spoke of her allergy said "She is perfectly capable of taking care of herself at this age." After a few choice words for this director, I did not end up going there after that comment. Every child needs guidance no matter what the age.
Good for you, Peg! It just makes my blood boil when someone who has no experience dealing with PA thinks they know it all!

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 1:40am
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Dr. Laura lost all credibility in my eyes years ago when I heard a woman call Dr. Laura because she had hired the neighborhood kid to feed her cat. The woman was distressed because when she got back she found dry cat food 'hidden' in different parts of her house....in a shoe in the closet....under a pillow, etc. The woman was convinced that the kid she'd hired to feed the cat had hidden the food.
Dr. Laura advised the woman to meet with the kid and his parents to find out why the child did this.
I'm yelling at the radio.....YOU IDIOT! THERE"S A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE!! Obviously the poor kid had fed the cat and a mouse was robbing the cat dish and hiding the food.....typical mouse behaviour.
Maybe Dr. Laura doesn't know doodly-squat about mice but anyone with any common sense would realize that it didn't make sense that the child 'hid' the cat food.
I don't listen to her any more. Whether PA or mice, she often doesn't 'get it'. Sometimes she's short on common sense.

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2006 - 2:40am
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I agree Adele, she is short on common sense sometimes and often totally misses the point of a call.
Yet I insist that people in the public eye need to be supportive and compassionate about us here in the trenches. She has the ear of millions and can do wonders for us and our children with a few well placed INTELLIGENT words.
She's going to get more and more calls about PA and schools and her responsibility is to get educated fast.
Peg

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