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Posted on: Wed, 06/02/2004 - 1:22am
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Hi, I wanted you all to know that my son is back from his first year at college.

Things went very well and I think our preparation of ourselves and the school really made the difference.

They use his dorm building for programs over the summer and they are keeping up the Peanut Ban over the summer. Not really necessary but they felt safer banning peanuts and who are we to complain?

Not one big problem all year. Fellow students were very respectful and asked him lots of questions. Even the students who spent the first semester abroad knew about DS when they returned for second semester at school. Most of them approached DS and asked questions. Nicely. Not one problem.

One incident of peanut butter frozen yogurt introduced to the usual flavors in the cafeteria but DS handled it with emails to the director of food services. They plan to meet before the school year starts again to be sure next year is as safe as this year.

Of course and I repeat myself DS was 100% responsible for the choices he made. There were some days he did not go into the cafeteria because they were stir frying Thai food but he had another small cafe to eat in.

He did walk a gauntlet every meal between the open VAT (they call it a crock, I call it a VAT) of PB, the Thai food and the dessert island. Mostly everyone knew they could not sit with DS if they were eating peanuts and policed themselves very nicely and respectfully.

The issue of contamination of computer keyboards or classroom furniture just never presented itself.

At least twice during the year and again at the end DS group emailed everyone involved with this whole deal and thanked them, also gave them updates. I emailed them all once since I made the initial contact while DS was finishing High School.

One thing we were concerned about was there might be another student who is PA and has not revealed this to the school for whatever reason. One girl approached DS and said she was PA but "Not as sensitive." We were worried the school would say "well she did fine, why can't you?" But we had prepared them for differences in sensitivity and comfort zones. That was never an issue so it worked out fine.

So all of our pre-planning. All of our teaching of ourselves and DS how to stay safe and live a decent safe life paid off.

I figured you'd all want to hear this since this is how I started out here, helping DS get ready for college.

I also want to thank Tando who gave my son some information that really made a difference.

Peggy

[This message has been edited by Peg541 (edited June 02, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/02/2004 - 3:08am
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[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Glad to hear things went well.
So now we know where you've been lately, Peg. Getting ready for the return of the kids. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/02/2004 - 5:40am
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Peg541, I almost missed this because I don't venture into the Adults section of the board (I have perhaps three times - surprisingly, I don't even come to read and not post).
This is simply terrific news! I am so pleased to hear that everything went well for your son, that he was reaction free. He went out there and educated people re PA and wow, you know, that must feel terrific!
And, if he was able to navigate past the vat of pb, choose about entering the caf when Thai food was being stir fried, etc., it's quite obvious that he certainly knows how to live in the *real* world.
I am just SO pleased to hear that things went so well and he was basically a PA ambassador.
Here's to a great summer! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 06/02/2004 - 8:15am
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Peg,
It's great to see you posting again. I'm so glad your son's first year of college went so well-- your hard work paid off!
Allison

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 3:11am
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I'm glad you posted, Peg. I've been thinking about you guys. My son is finishing his sophomore year in high school so of course we've begun thinking about college. I've contacted his first university choice and it sounds like they don't have much experience with multiple severe food allergies like my son has so I'm not very hopeful that it's feasible for my DS to live in the residence halls like he'd like.
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[url="http://www.seattlefoodallergy.org"]www.seattlefoodallergy.org[/url]

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 4:25am
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Jana,
Our son found a small program within a small University which was perfect for his needs. And was just what he was looking for.
It might be worth talking to the college counselor at your son's school and starting the ball rolling with recommendations.
Peggy

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 8:24am
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Peg it is so good to hear from you. I was just wondering how you all were. I like Cindy rarely come in here. But for some reason did today. Your son sounds like he has his head on his shoulders and did a good job of taking care of himself. I know you are proud. I think you have done a wonderful job with your son and teaching him about his allergies. I hope that I to am doing well at teaching my son about his allergies. Thanks again for the update [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Have A Great Day

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 10:55am
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G'day Peg,
What wonderful story. I'm so pleased things have worked out for you and for your son.
Sounds like the people he lives with are pretty classy too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Geoff (Helen's hubby)

Posted on: Mon, 11/08/2004 - 12:28am
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bumping for Beth

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