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Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 12:20am
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pJust thought I would tell a positive story.br /
We recently moved to a new city and recently found out our 14month old son is pa. We were at the park on a cold day and there were two other moms there that had formed a play group that meets at the park and asked us to join them. I breifly told them about the pa. The next week all the moms know about the pa and did not bring any products containing peanuts and were very cautious about sharing food. This is the first time I have had to "deal" with the pa outside our family unit. I was so thankful and renewed at their thoughtfulness and willingness to accommate our needs./p

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 1:50am
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So glad to hear your positive story! It is nice to be able to join a playgroup that is willing to be "safe" so you and your child can join! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
We are also actively involved in 2 different playgroups and Madeline is the only one with food allergies (PA and soy). Both groups of women are very understanding and willing to work with me so we can have safe playdates. I thank them every time I see them for their friendship and understanding in dealing with PA. Plus, I have educated them at the same time. Their children have learned to understand somewhat about food allergies. They are only 2 years old but they will say "Madeline can't have peanuts or nuts". It is amazing how early they can learn.
Congrats on your sucess story. You are very fortunate to find your wonderful new friends in your new town!
Take care!
Shandra (mom to Madeline)

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 3:06am
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Good for you! Isn't it nice to know that there are still considerate people left in this world??
In our old town (we just moved), I had a really good friend who went above and beyond to accommodate Evan's peanut allergy. I thanked her all the time and told her that she really had no idea what it meant to me that she cared so much.
When we decided that we needed a bigger house, I was adamant that I did not want to move out of the area because of this friend. We had boys the same age and she was so good about my son's allergy. Anyway, after I came to realize that there might be other "nice" people out there, I agreed to move.
Luckily, I've already met another mother who is really, really good about Evan's allergy. The first time we went to their house for a playdate, she spent 2 days cleaning her house (including baseboards) just in case there might have been peanut residue somewhere. She said she even had nightmares about us arriving at her house and suddenly there were peanuts and peanut shells all over her house. She said if she felt that way, she couldn't even imagine what I went through. (It's not that I made a really big deal about the peanut allergy, I just mentioned it to her when she invited us over just so she wouldn't serve pb or pb cookies or something like that.) I was so relieved that she took it so serious.
After all this rambling I guess I just wanted you to know that I know exactly how you feel. I think we all have fears that our children are going to be excluded from things just because other parents won't take the time to become better informed or to even care. I'm glad you have found caring and considerate friends. Take care, Deanna

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 3:31am
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What a great story!!!
Deanna, maybe when we finally move we also could get together. At least you'll know you won't have to worry about PA with me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 4:29am
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We have two sets of friends that always go above and beyond the call of nut proofing their home for us. It always brings tears to my eyes when we go there, because they seem to care more about my child than my grandmother, since she seems to get out more nuts than usual lately. It is so special to have friends that truely care about you.

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 6:38am
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e-mom,
Don't think I haven't already thought about that! (There are still plenty of lots left in our subdivision!)
Deanna

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 6:56am
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Just a thought...
In my last job, I was a coordinated a volunteer program, and both before and after that job, I have been extensively in many other volunteer programs. My thought was that I could never thank a volunteer enough, so I was constantly thanking and gving credit to these wonderful people.
Maybe it is the same with the people we meet on a daily basis who assist in any way with helping us avoid peanuts, etc. I know I really lay it on thick to my friends and acquaintances, as well as business employees, who help me out. It sure pays off.
It sure sounds to me like you are all doing the same thing, and the more appreciation you show, the more they want to help.
Keep it up.

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 8:21am
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My friends TOO!! They all raised enough money for us to become members at PA.com and two families have nut proofed and many others are asking questions about how to nut proof. The whole story is under the "how did PA effect your day today" thread. Kim

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