I am so proud of my son

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 3:05pm
renny's picture
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

I'm so proud of my son! I chaperoned the bowling party for his pre-k class today and they were serving pizza.( by the way, if you read the earlier post of mine, I did manage to take a shower, and the fridge is coming tomorrow!) All the kids were seated around the table with the pizza ready to be served, I told my son I was going to check the ingredients to make sure it was safe and not to eat it yet. ( I was going to do it earlier but got caught up watching the kids)

Maybe I'm a little paranoid, but I read labels on everything! I want to be a good example for my son. The chance of the pizza having trace nuts is probably remote, but ya never know.

Anyway, the food person, or whatever he's called came out and said there is no ingredient label on the pizza. It comes in bulk from some distributer. Now my poor son has been drooling over this pepperoni pizza in front of him watching all of his classmates eating it. I now tell him there is no label to read and I can't tell if it is safe or not. He said "okay mom, if it's not safe I won't eat it."

No tears or whining. The other parents there were totally impressed with him. Thank God I had a secret stash in my purse of safe snacks. I gave then gave those to him. He was the happiest kid there!
God I love my son!

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 4:19pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

That's great!
And that's how my son is too! I find it totally amazing. He is like any normal, obnoxious kid in all other aspects, but when it comes to the food allergy, there is no whining, complaining, or pouting--he is just incredibly mature when it comes to dealing with his allergy. In fact, the exact same thing happened to us at a bowling party--he couldn't have the pizza. He accepted it calmly (I was the one who was irritated as could be because the bowling alley manager acted like a jerk about the whole thing, so we left and drove to McDonald's and then returned to the party afterwards).
I know many people feel bad for kids with food allergies, but I think, in the long run, there's some kind of benefit from growing up dealing with severe food allergies.

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 8:08pm
Claire's picture
Joined: 04/19/2000 - 09:00

Renny good thing you checked. My son can not eat pepperoni and also some people use peanut oil in their pizza. SBARRO pizza is not safe for my son. I checked and they do use peanut oil. You were great in not letting him have it. I would rather just go home from a party like that and get him a safe pizza from somewhere.
Good for you Claire

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 12:45am
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renny, I know how disheartened you must have felt because of the non-label, but I also think you made a very wise decision and set a *good* example for your son.
I find my guy pretty cool re his allergies. He's 8 now and certainly along the way, he has felt anxious or even upset about different things to do with regard to his allergy, but I know that he would have reacted the same way at the bowling alley as your son did.
I've come to the conclusion that our PA children actually deal with their allergy better than us parents do! It's me that will be upset about the lack of birthday party invitations, lack of play-dates, finding a new food that is "unsafe" whereas my son does deal with it a lot better than I do.
(Almost repeated his age). I find his responsible for his allergy and in new situations (like our visit to Toronto during March break), I find him cautious (I was a bit worried about how extremely cautious he was and posted about it here, only to find out that even with PA adults, he was completely *normal*).
So, yes, a big hug for your guy! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 8:21am
starlight's picture
Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Claire:
[b]. SBARRO pizza is not safe for my son. I checked and they do use peanut oil. [/b]
Claire, where did you hear that? The website has no mention of peanut oil and I've eaten there numerous times without problems. I don't any more due to one slice of pizza being 1,500 calories, but I'd like to know where you got your info from.

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 10:37am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Is SBARRO pizza a chain? Is it American only or is it the one that has signage in red/white/green? Is there one in Times Square in NYC? Could it be a particular store that is not okay for Claire's son and other franchises are okay?
However, good point about checking on the pizza. I have checked on pizza since Jesse started school, for pizza days, because yes, it is possible for the pizza place to be using peanut oil. I have also noticed at Pizza Hut, but have not checked about it because I'm not ordering from there right now, that they have a pesto pizza. I'm not sure if there are any tree nuts in the pesto or not (I bought a noodle/pesto thing like Kraft Dinner this week, a Lipton's Sidekick and it actually doesn't have any tree nuts in it to make the pesto).
When we were in the previous town, the school switched pizza suppliers for pizza day and I had to check on the oil. Even though the woman told me they were using vegetable oil, I asked her if she could check the container specifically because I have found, in my travels, canola oil that said 100% pure canola oil on the bottle but then said "may contain trace peanuts" as a warning. I posted about it here. So, that's why it's important to check on the oil and even if it's canola or another kind, get them to read I'm sure the huge vat they're getting it out of.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


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