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[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] Hello all, I'm really glad I found your boards. My name is Marie-France (M-F for short); my son Jeremy is allergic to peanuts, he is 6 years old. We live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Two years ago I gave my very fussy son a peanut butter cookie, that he helped me bake, hoping to increase his protein intake. He started having stomach cramps and trouble breathing after a few bites. I called his pediatrician and we went to the emergency room. Today, I was sitting in my kitchen hulling sunflower seeds one by one because I couldn't find some hulled ones that are peanut-free. I thought that if I hull them myself he would be safe. I then changed my mind, after an hour of hulling, and chucked them in the garbage; scrubed the table they were on and my hands. I just wanted to make granola bars for him to take to school. He used to love them but now I can't find panut-free ones. I was on the computer looking for panut-free hulled sunflower seeds when I came across your website. I am just exhausted and stressed. Everytime the phone rings during the day I think it's the "We had to use the Epipen" call from his school. The school *claims* they are peanut-free but my son was offered a Werther's Original on his first day of school, BY A STAFF MEMBER!!!! I joined the PTA so that I can have some say about school policies. Jeremy never goes on playdates because other houses are not safe. Forget sleepovers. We don't go on vacation because we don't want to go to restaurants with the kids (too stressful). We will go camping next summer, but you know what that means: Mom still cooks and cleans. I am so very frustrated my the whole situation. My husband and I never get a break because our families are 2 hours away. I would love to be friends with another "peanut-free" family so we could get some relief once in a while. (We also have a 20 month old daughter.) Oooof....thanks for letting me vent. I feel better. I have to go supervise Jeremy's homework and piano practice now, but I will most certainly be back soon to talk with you again. Thanks for listening (reading [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] )

On Nov 5, 2003

Bienvenue Marie-France,

Glad you found us. Il y'a pas mal de canadiens ici!!!!

My now 6 yr old son's first reaction was to a peanut butter cookie too. In his case he vomited.

Search and post. It's the best way to get info.

On Nov 5, 2003

Hello and welcome!

I also live in Ottawa, as do katiee and mattchrismom. I am out in Nepean, near Greenbank and HuntClub.

My son is allergic to eggs and tree nuts and is also sick and in the Catholic School Board. My PA daughter is nine and also in the OCCSDB.

Feel free to contact me through the boards or through my email (it is in my profile).

take care

deb

On Nov 6, 2003

Dear MF,

I too am new to this site. I posted for the first time yesterday - "new - can't believe the studpity of the school" - please read this.

I firmly believe that no one understands these allergies cause they can't see them. You can see a child in a wheelchair. Unles they see them go into shock they have no idea.

We have been working with our school for 3 long hard years now and it is a constant battle.

I have made a lot of mistakes in the past but also learned from them.

I too became involved with the school as a noon hour supervisor and this helps somewhat.

At first we were never that worried - we were very stupid ourselves - we placed a lot of trust in other people. Don't ever do that.

Look at all the schools in your area - I am working on getting into the private school here. Their dilegence is unbelieveable!!!! One of the moms from our school switched over and is very happy. Being a private school they can say this is our policy and if you don't like it don't come here. They have zero tolerance for anyone bringing unsafe food to the school. It is very expensive but I am looking at all options to get my 2 children in the school. No school can gaurantee 100% safety, but their attitude towards the whole issue is what is important. Please read my posting - the little girl that brought in the unsafe snack - her parents & grandparent were never contacted to rectify this situation!!!! Instead he will put a news letter out in 10 days reminding people to not bring unsafe foods to school. They did not understand why I wanted these people contacted?????? Be very careful of anything you say or do at the school cause it can come back to haunt you. I am labelled any mistakes I or my children make are brought up. Make sure everyone in that school is trained in epi-pen procedure - everyone.

Vacations: we do tons of camping and always have, we share the whole work load, remember it is a small area to clean for the safety of your child.

We went to Hawaii - how? Well we got a condo, bought groceries and cooked 90% of our meals.

We carry wipes with us at all times and are constantly making her aware of situations. Of touching things that perhaps she shouldn't touch. Contamination is everywhere but I personally feel you can't keep them in a bubble. This has gotten me in a lot of trouble when I vocalize this so be careful also. I have met another mother here that is just as passionate and worried as you are - they go camping, he goes to tae kondo (spelling???), beavers, field trips. how does she do this - either her or her husband always goes along. We have to try to give them as normal of a life as we can. This all starts with us educating our children, they constantly have to be aware. This is hard to do and my little one scares me sometimes but we learn from every moment.

Sleep overs - we do them - how? - only certain homes. And these parents are very dilegent. they are all trained in the epi-pen procedure and usually my older daughter goes a long. I also try to have it at my house. So far she has only been to one house. You will find a comfort zone with certain parents and you will go from there.

Play dates - she hardly ever gets invited over to other peoples houses. They are always at mine - fine - make it special - these are few so we make sure we do fun things - also then the kids want to come to your house.

I hope this helps some, please contact me if you need to vent.

Gizmo (Dorothy)

On Nov 6, 2003

Thanks everyone for your replies. I know it's a clich

On Nov 6, 2003

Marie-France, Kellogg's Canada and Quaker (in Canada) both label for *may contain* on their packaging.

I know Kellogg's has a bar, but I'm not sure if it's granola. Have you checked the Quaker ones? If neither of them have what you're looking for do a search of the Manufacturer's Forum.

And, when you have a minute, (if you want to share [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) you could post your recipe for granola bars unders Snacks and Recipes. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Welcome to the boards.

On Nov 11, 2003

AnnaMarie: I'm not sure if I should post the granola bar recipe because it contains nuts. Jeremy is only allergic to peanuts. There are a lots of people on this board with children with nut allergies. Is it okay to post the recipe do you think? Anaphalaxis Canada suggests buying nuts in the shell and shelling them yourself to guarantee a peanut-free product. I'm happy about this because it means that I can make our traditional Christmas cookies (which my son won't eat anyway, but at least our house remains "peanut-free").

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Originally posted by AnnaMarie: [b]Marie-France, Kellogg's Canada and Quaker (in Canada) both label for *may contain* on their packaging.

I know Kellogg's has a bar, but I'm not sure if it's granola. Have you checked the Quaker ones? If neither of them have what you're looking for do a search of the Manufacturer's Forum.

And, when you have a minute, (if you want to share [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) you could post your recipe for granola bars unders Snacks and Recipes. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Welcome to the boards. [/b]

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