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My name is Phil, and my 2 1/2yr. old has PA. I've frequent this site a few times before surfing over Tristan's mothers shoulder. I am 27yrs. old and I'm a stay-at-home dad. I have only been staying at home for the past month or so and just never saw myself doing this. Tristan of course is getting ready to go into the public school system as a pre-schooler and of course I'm at my wit's end...even though I come from a family educators and have faith in the public school system I still can't help but feel helpless in a way. That all extends from where we live...Suffolk, VA...peanut capital of the world. Home of Planters Peanuts and the annual Peanut Festival!!! Whoopee!!! Sorry Tristan, but that's one festival you won't be attending!!lol I hope that my humor does not offend those reading...it's my lifeline to sanity; just always has been. I did however find out today that the local school district has already 3 other PA students attending this school district already so I defintly feel a little more at ease than I was before. Plus, Tristan and I will be the Father's Day feature story in the local paper. I'm pretty excited about that!! Well...I just wanted to take the time to introduce myself and I hope that y'all be see more of me...(yes! that was a little Texan accent for you all!)lol

------------------ Tristan's Dad

[This message has been edited by twobapro (edited May 30, 2001).]

On May 30, 2001

twobapro, welcome! Actually, Tristan was one name I wanted for my PA son, Jesse, who is now 5-1/2. I am positive that you will find all of the information you need regarding pre-school/schools under the Schools heading of the Discussion Board and if you don't, you simply question everyone until you get an answer to each and every question and concern that you have. That's what I do (although many people here may recommend that you do not post as often as I do! LOL! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] )

You have truly found the best place to be to navigate through any questions, concerns, or information seeking you may need. You'll find support, caring, concern, and encouragement. It is a wonderful place to post and I do hope you'll continue.

Again, welcome, and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On May 30, 2001

oh boy will my hubby (MattsDad) be glad to see you! lol He too uses humor a lot to get through things, though to be honest a lot of the time his humor is...well, a little NOT so humorous (to me at least). hehe And I know he'll like the Texas bit. He's known for saying (again and again and again) "I'm American by birth, Texan by the grace of God". To say that he is proud of being a Texan would be an understatement. ;-)

I'm glad you've decided to start posting. We're always happy to see more of the daddies posting. Gives us a different POV. Mike is new to the posting, but not to stealing peeks over my shoulder, as well.

That's great that you and Tristan (I also wanted Tristan for my son...Sean Tristan...*sigh* LOL) will be the Father's Day story. =) We're planning on trying to get our paper to do a story on food allergies after school starts back up again, but before Halloween. Thought that would be a good time to try for others to "get it".

[This message has been edited by MattsMom (edited May 30, 2001).]

On May 30, 2001

hello, welcome to the boards ! its fab , this web site, the only problem for me is l just waffle on too much, but l am learning more about allergys every visit, so everyone has to just put up with me! the best thing about this web site is the inspiring storys, the ones that you find mirror image your own experiences. my only regret is that l spent months reading and not daring to post.... so welcome on board to off loading that peanut avoidance pressure.etc etc etc. bye bye williamsmummy

On May 30, 2001

Hi honey!...... I was pleasantly surprised to see your post on here. I haven't posted much about myself, although I visit this site EVERYDAY. And Philip has been awful with the shoulder surfing.... I'm glad he registered.

Tristan is our youngest, I have two older children (8 and 5 years old) from a previous marriage. Brittany and David have been real troopers though all of this. Every now and again David will ask why he just can't have a "little bitty" PB&J sandwich.... lol. But all in all, the kids are very aware of their sister's allergy.

Dad (Phil) is excited about this story coming up. The day we read the AP story relating to the peanut farmers in america, it sparked a nerve in him and I both. The article, for the most part, seemed ok. It just bothered us with the quote about the media and headlines, and why it has to been "known" everywhere. HELLO???.... lol.

It was a relief to us both to know that Tristan will be the 3rd PA child in the Suffolk Public School System. We have asked the school board to please pass our names and phone number to the other parents (since they can't give their information to us). It will be nice to be able to get first hand stories of experience from these parents. We would even be willing to start a sort of "support" group here in our hometown... wouldn't that be NEAT! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

The school system has thusfar been wonderful! We even had the director of the special education contact us to request more PA info. She wanted as MUCH info as we had to give her! Now that is exciting.

Happy posting honey.... but don't spend too much time here..... there are always dishes or laundry to do while I'm at work [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]. And that Texan cookin' is awsome! (I love you!)

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On May 31, 2001

Welcome aboard. It would seem that we have a few things in common everyone in my family was a teacher at one time or another, except for me. It seems that your school system is a little farther on the road to understanding than those around here. They still require that all medications be kept locked in the nurses office. Well I'm working on that. I'm planning on visiting with all of the nurses and principles in my home county before school starts to make them aware that time critical if a reaction starts. If that doesn't work I'll point out the HUGE liabilty that the school will face if they fail to provide timely treatment. TR knew what he was talking about, when you've spoken to them softly and they ignore you, it's time to hit em up side the head with your two by. If you happen to be in the neighborhood any time soon there are 253 counties in this state that no one has called dibs on yet.

On May 31, 2001

Well, I suppose that Tristan is one of the lucky ones. The Special Ed. Coordinator has reassured us that her epi will not be locked up..it will be with her at all times and turn over from one teacher to another as she goes about her school day. So at least that is one battle that we won't have to fight. I do wish you and your wife (& Matt)luck on that battle. Hope to be seeing more of you two! Later!

by the way,,,my spell check is not working properly...so please forgive misspelling!

------------------ Tristan's Dad

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