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Posted on: Mon, 02/26/2007 - 2:06pm
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McCobbre -
Years ago, we lived in Fort Worth - just long enough for M to be a Texan. Does that count??
It would be fun if we were all a bit closer - I'd love to have coffee/lunch with both of you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sue

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 3:15am
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Quote:Originally posted by M'smom:
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It would be fun if we were all a bit closer - I'd love to have coffee/lunch with both of you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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DITTO! But unfortunately we'll have to settle for a cyber lunch due to our 3-way-split time zones these days . . . [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Sue, I cannot believe that there are vending machines in the library.
What ever happened to keeping the TREASURE of the library (THE BOOKS) clean and protected??
~Elizabeth

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 3:35am
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joeybeth, I also handle this issue in a similiar way. However, IMO only, I see my dd's pa like I would see any person with a wheelchair (child/adult). I believe that in an equal society there should be no one that cannot access a public place or event without fear for their life. My first attempt is to tactfully explain my dd's situation, when this fails I simply raise my voice loud enough to ensure all ears can hear me explain to my dd that some people are just too ignorant that they can't save their peanuts until later, so I guess their snack means more than her life. This has never failed ever.

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2007 - 3:43am
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I'm gonna veer off this topic, but I just needed to post this . . .
And I know these days of freedom are virtually gone for most kids, but . . .
Once upon a time (age 12) I would ride my bike 2 1/2 miles to a certain downtown magnificent-piece-of-architectural-design library . . . best friend & I would go about 10:00 AM. Read-read-read. At noon-thirty we would ride our bikes over to the Woolworth to enjoy our nutritious pre-teen-lunch of french fries and cherry-topped cheesecake. [Cost us $1.02, plus "tip". She bought the fries, I bought the cheesecake & we shared.] Then we would leave our bikes parked at Woolworths & we would walk down to Harrahs to ride the elevator. We rode up & down a couple of times standing on our feet. We always attempted a couple more rides while doing hand stands. Sometimes we would also walk a few blocks over to visit her dad who had offices in downtown "skyscraper". Then we would ride our bikes back over to library to read-read-read. We would check out, on average, maybe 10 books each. Stuff those into backpacks. About 4:00 we'd ride bikes home.
We never had ANY need to eat or drink in the library. If we were thirsty, there were drinking fountains.
The library was pristine. We would occasionally get shushed (once) in "library voice" by librarian or an adult patron if we got too giggly. We shushed.
We would not have even CONSIDERED bringing food into the library. The books were hallowed. The library was revered.
We saved our horseplay for the Harrah's elevator. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
~Elizabeth
Edited because I really CAN spell, I just CANNOT type accurately.
[This message has been edited by ajas_folks (edited February 27, 2007).]

Posted on: Tue, 04/24/2007 - 2:17pm
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This same exact thought occurred to me recently. DH brought home a jar of PB (he takes it to work and eats it there and thoroughly washes up after he eats) and he asked me to put it somewhere. I was totally paranoid and sorta grabbed it barely by the edges and he laughed at me, but I said I had visions of some kid eating some other jar of PB or peanuts and getting residue all over it. He for the most part gets the allergy, but I just think I am a little goofy about this!

Posted on: Wed, 04/25/2007 - 12:37am
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I recently faced a dilema. I was traveling for business with a collegue. She has kids about the same age as mine and we chat about them, so she knows a bit about what I've gone through with PA.
Our flight was delayed an hour and a half - we were stuck on the tarmac. There was no food service - not even soda - because the flight was under an hour (59 min). What with baggage and rental car lines, we weren't on the road until 8:30, and still had an hour drive ahead of us. I had eaten at 5:00 at the airport, but she hadn't eaten since lunch.
As we put out of the airport, she pulls a giant bag of trail mix from her purse. Before she opens it, she checks to make sure that I'm not allergic - and I'm not - and starts munching.
And all I could think about was what if a PA person rented this car next? She's driving, so peanut residue is getting all over the steering wheel and other controls. I thought about saying something, and offering to stop for food, but we had an early morning appointment. She would have put it away if I said something, but would have been (probably justifiably) resentful, which would have strained our working relationship.
And they she would have eaten the trail mix in her hotel room anyway.
Of course, this must happen all the time, and I don't think about it, because then I'd go crazy. er.. .crazier.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 3:54am
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I do not have a life-threatning nut allergy, but I was researching at this board because I have had slight reactions to walnuts, pecans, and almonds. (I avoid them for the most part...) Just wanted to post about a good experience I had concerning eating peanuts in public.
Full disclosure: I love peanuts. Love 'em. Ever since I was a child, I have been in love with peanut butter. After I got diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 18, I loved them even more because they were LOW CARB! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I eat them quite often at home, although not in public (there *are* some of us who think about others even if doesn't personally affect us).
Two weeks ago I was shopping at my local Macy's in the dress section when I started to feel terrible. I was having a hypoglycemic reaction. For those of you who aren't familiar with diabetes, this means I must have something with carbohydate *pronto* or I'll be reduced to a seizing mess on the floor. The only thing I had with me at the time was a 6 pack of Lance pb crackers. I ripped those puppies open and started chomping away (probably grossing out some of the previous posters in this thread, if they had seen me...) Walking across the store to the exit to eat in a "designated eating area" or whatever would be out of the question, as moving around with a low blood sugar only makes things worse.
When I was on my 4th cracker, a lady approached me and kindly asked if I could eat the crackers elsewhere and/or later, as her daughter was allergic to nuts (and she could smell the peanut from a few dress racks over). I was mortified! I explained why I was eating the crackers and she was similarly mortified, so there we stood profusely apologizing to each other. I actually laughed at that point and thanked her for being so nice about it, and she said that she and her daughter would just go to another part of the store for a little while until I'd had a chance to finish up what I was doing and be on my way. I promised not to touch any of the merch after I was done!
FWIW, I won't be packing pb crackers in my purse again as an emergency snack. Just thought I'd share cos as a person with (yet another) immediately life threatening illness, I truly appreciated her consideration and understanding. Sometimes there will be a person eating because they *have to*, not cos they want to - but that doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a pb product. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] If it were me with a nut allergy, I'd approach the person as the lady I met did.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 4:28am
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I don't chew ice typically and would never drag the fork across my teeth...but I do roll my eyes a bit. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
BUT so far I twice said something to people eating peanuts in public. One was the cashier at Trader Joes who was scanning my order (IDIOT) and the other was a girl checking us into a 4 year old's birthday party. (DUH) I also contacted the "management" at both of these places once I got home.
At the zoo - (first week of diagnosis) I showed ds that children (seemmingly every child we saw that day) were running around eating pb sandwiches (no jelly?) and I took the opportunity to tell him that he had to be careful not to touch surfaces, etc. But I really wanted to approach those parents and scream at them.
Before PA everytime my mom visited us she would comment that we are all feeding our kids all the time. Snack, snack, snack. For me it was just a hold over from infantcy and toddlerhood....but lately we have been pulling back with the constant grazing. DS is thin as a rail. I used to be also..waaaaaaaa.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 6:28am
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En Publica.
I don't want to live in a world where people feel it's their job to nag others about activities of daily living. Make them feel like they are doing something wrong....Can you imagine? Polictical correctness on steroids.
If it's "wrong" to eat peanuts in public then it must be wrong to eat anything else in public. Aren't there enough rules already?

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 7:56am
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Hello and welcome, philote! Thanks for sharing your story. It made me smile. That's exactly the way things *should* be.
One thing in your post gave me pause, though:
[b]"I was researching at this board because I have had slight reactions to walnuts, pecans, and almonds. (I avoid them for the most part...)"[/b]
Many people on this board have experienced "slight" reactions to foods which suddenly evolved into "major" reactions. I hope that you have seen an allergist and talked about whether you need an epipen, just in case. Nut allergies can be unpredictable!

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