Greetings from Chattanooga

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Greetings and salutations. My name is Julie, and I just realized before I posted any responses, I should have initially posted an introduction (my apologies). I am almost 29 yrs. old and have had the peanut/soy/legume allergy since I was 1 1/2 yrs. old. I've never been married and have no children, so I only know what it is like to live with the allergy personally. I have great admiration for my parents for educating themselves and everyone else around me on the allergy and keeping me safe (tho Mom worried a bit much). Altough one of our favorite family stories is when I was 4 and my brother was 9, and I angered him, so he chased me around the house with a HUGE spoon of peanut butter, and I ended up in a corner screaming (giving him the PERFECT pathway, smart 4 year old that I was) and right before he got the spoon to my mouth Mom came running in and smacked it out of his hand and saved me!! (I laughed so hard as he got sent to his room!!) Anyway, hello to everyone!!!!

On Dec 13, 2000

Welcome Julie! It's nice to have someone on here that has personally lived with this allergy. My 3 yr old son is allergic to peanuts.

My sister is a RN and was once speaking to a paramedic after she found out he had a brother who had an allergy to peanuts all of his life. The paramedic thought it was funny to tell my sister how he would chase his pa brother around the house with peanut butter to get him to do what he wanted. The sad thing is that the paramedic is now in his 40's and still thinks what he did was funny. Take care. Deanna

On Dec 13, 2000

Hey Julie- What a small world! We live in Chattanooga. My four year old son is PA & TN allergic. I have wondered if there was anyone else in this city with nut allergies. Who is your allergist? We go to Dr. Hollie.

Do you have any information regarding restaurants here that we should avoid? We are still in the process of figuring this all out. My son did have a reaction to peanut oil in a slice of pizza in Portofinos and I know that Wally's (we don't eat there much anyway) uses peanut oil.

It is great to have a PA adult to give us parents valuable advice. Naomi

On Dec 15, 2000

[quote]Originally posted by NaomiR: Chattanooga

Hi, Naomi! What a small world, eh? I am actually leaving Chattanooga to move home to Huntsville, AL at the end of January. As far as restaurants locally: I am extremely careful when I eat out, and, unfortunately, eating at restaurants is very difficult due to the fact wait staff as well as managers generally are highly misinformed and uneducated on the subject. Desserts are the worst, as many pies, etc. (cheesecakes especially) will contain crushed pecans/almonds/nuts/peanuts in the crust that are not listed. Big River Grille is very good about telling you how everything is prepared (he could at least get the grilled cheese, very good!). Applebee's is out: marinates all steaks, etc. in soy sauce for 3 days, too risky that proteins will not be eliminated during cooking. Cracker Barrel is perfectly OK (can't go wrong with butter or lard, I suppose) and their catfish is fried in soybean oil. The desserts, however, are off limits. Management informed me (amazingly enough -- they were educated on legume allergies!) that nuts are in desserts that are unlisted and it would probably be too risky, which I already knew. This is actually a really long conversation for a post. Why don't you give me a call at my office and we can discuss restaurants and any other questions you may have about living with PA. (That way I won't take up so much room on the board). I work for Senator Ward Crutchfield (I'm a Paralegal and Computer Systems Engineer), and you can reach me at 756-6700.

On Dec 15, 2000

Hi Julie, I am from Knoxville. My 3 yr old son has been allergic to Peanuts/eggs/tomatoes since he was 9 months old. He is also Tn allergic too! Thanks you for your kind post early on Reactions. I do see now that my son will be allergic to peanuts all of his life. I would like to know just how hard it has been for you. Have your friends helped you throught the years? The other girl that is from chattanooga we should all meet. And share stories. Tina

On Dec 19, 2000

Hi, Tina! I guess living with the peanut allergy, as far as the dietary restrictions, for me is like being born deaf: you cannot miss what you have never experienced. I have never known the luxury of being able to eat anything set before me, therefore, it is normal for me to be unable to do so. Living with it is not very difficult. My friends were always helpful. Of course, now that they are married with children, they STILL read the ingredients to everything although none of them are PA, which they completely blame on me (they said they would be much happier living in oblivion of what they are actually consuming). As a small child, I lived in Morristown, TN and everyone there thought it was a big joke. It was really a matter of being careful, and knowing which adults' judgment to trust (which ended up being no one's -- I wanted to read the ingredients for myself). Thanks for your posting. We should all get together!!

On Dec 19, 2000

Ah, I wish I could convince everyone to post as much as possible on the boards (unless they think it is too personal)! You wouldn't believe how much information does not get shared because people think they should not write long posts or it is not apporopriate.

Don't worry about how long a post will be (that is why we all pitch in together (right?) and pay the servers the big bucks), that is what these boards are here for. The information helps to educate many more people when it is put on the boards and not in private e mails.

(Do try to put the information on a forum if there is one on that topic or issue, such as "Restuarants" or whatever.

------------------ Stay Safe,

[email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email]

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