I need a hug...

Posted on: Fri, 11/21/2003 - 3:50pm
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I was doing the grocery shopping at our usual supermarket yesterday.

I was at the deli section and had got some bacon, and was waiting for that to come back wrapped before I was going to get some ham and other stuff.

Anyway, while I was waiting I was just looking around and I saw a sign for Malaysian rice satay salad roght in front of me, so I leant over to read the fine print..."contains peanut"s"!!!

Right next to the ham I was about to buy.

I just started shaking. I asked the guy (he was young, like the kid who works in Krusty Burger on The Simpsons..) why it was out with the other food. Woolworths have a national policy of separating any pn foods with full height dividers in the deli fridges, and had recently moved to remove pn products totally.

So, here we were with pn next to ham I was about to buy for Helen.

I asked to speak to the boss and asked him about it. He was just the shift supervisor for the vening, and hadn't set up the food. He was surprised to see the pn food in the display. I handed back the bacon and said I was very unhappy we couldn't buy anything a the deli.


A few minutes later the deli manager found me in the store to say he had written a report for the main deli manager for Monday, and that he thought it would change next week. he said he had a friend with pa, but that he had never seen a reaction (I suggested he didn't want to, either.

Anyway, I finished shopping and got home feeling a bit shell shocked - what if I hadn't seen the rice salad's little sign???

We've been so careful this year to keep Helen safe, and its worked, so far. I guess it's areminder that we really can't trust anyone, anytime.

I left my business card at the deli, so maybe the main deli manager will call e on Monday to discuss it.

Better stop rambling...

Geoff (Helen's loving hubby)

Posted on: Fri, 11/21/2003 - 3:57pm
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Here's a big HUG!!! I know that it is extremely difficult - just when you think you can trust or let your guard down then - something happens like that. I do think that the market should be more careful at least separating the meats from the other products that can cross contaminate -- but most don't really think about it. I really glad that you saw the sign! We do have to extra vigilent all the time - never a chance to let our guard down - huh? Well - get all the hugs you can and be thankful that your all safe! Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on: Fri, 11/21/2003 - 4:38pm
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Posted on: Fri, 11/21/2003 - 8:33pm
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Thanks....
I guess I let my guard down and was a bit taken aback.
deegan...just to let you know, Helen, is 32 and is my wife!...and I agree, it is a lovely name [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Geoff

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 1:49am
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Geoff,
You get a big hug from me for being so cautious all of the time.
Then you get a big hug for referencing that kid who works at Krusty Burger on the Simpsons. He is the ultimate food service worker isn't he?
Peg

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 1:53am
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Quote:Originally posted by deegann:
[b] (I love the name Helen, by the way, it's great to see the traditional names making a come back)[/b]
[i]As do I.[/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 8:08am
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Geoff, big hugs to you and Helen. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I know that there are a lot of people posting here that don't feel comfortable buying from the deli. I've never had reason not to yet, touch wood.
I think the thing that probably bugs you the most is the "what if" about the whole thing. What if you didn't have the time waiting to read the sign? And see that it was right next to the ham?
It's that time of year again where the whole nut thing really bugs me - the open bins of tree nuts (I haven't seen an open bin of peanuts yet, again, touch wood) in the veggie and fruit section of every grocery store. It totally ticks me off.
I'm glad that you followed up with someone.
Or like yesterday when we went to Subway to get a sub after the Santa Claus parade. I know some members here that don't feel comfortable with Subway because their bread is made in the same ovens as their unsafe cookies. But I've always been okay with them. At any rate, they have a nutritional pamphlet that you can pick up when you're paying for your subs and I pick one up thinking it might have some allergy information in it as well (most places do like McDonald's, Swiss Chalet, etc.) and no, it doesn't.
The young man that had rung me out said something about the nutrition of the subs and I said no, actually, I was looking to see if it had any allergy information because my son is PA.
He looked at me (and this is the man that should have been able to answer my questions if I had any last night) and said, "Jeez, I don't know anything about peanuts here". He turned to his co-worker (the only two people managing the store) and she didn't either. It was like DUH!
Sorry, should have placed that somewhere else rather than in your thread where you need to get hugs but it just came out and I hope you'll accept my apology.
If we only had enough time in a day to follow-up on each and every thing that we would like to follow-up on re this allergy. For example, I should speak with someone at Subway. I should speak with someone at each of the grocery stores that I go in to about the nuts being in the fruit and veggie sections in open bins. I should speak with someone about why when I go to buy a bag of carrots they're always, without a doubt, right beside a bag of peanuts. The list could go on and on and I just thought of another question.....
Big hugs to you and Helen. You truly are wonderful together in dealing with her PA. [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: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 12:46pm
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Thanks everyone, you're great mates.
Geoff

Posted on: Sun, 11/23/2003 - 8:42am
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WHAT, SOMEONE NEEDS A HUG???
Ok, Geoff, sending you big hugs ((((((HUGS))))))!!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] sorry you went through that. Your heart must have taken a dive to the floor in record time when you saw that. On occasion when shopping, I will see peanuts or nuts, sometimes in barrels, sometimes in bags, and it truly stops me for a moment in my tracks. Almost takes my breath away!!

Posted on: Sun, 11/23/2003 - 8:52am
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I'll give you a hug if you'll give me a hug... Sigh...
(see "I hate birthdays" thread in Off Topic)

Posted on: Sun, 11/23/2003 - 8:53am
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Ok, on my way to get MeCash and stopping by to get Codyman (previous thread somewhere in off topic [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ), I'll pick up Darthcleo and then you, Geoff, for a big group hug!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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