introducing myself

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Recently I've looked here to see if I could learn about some of you who have posted. I've never "introduced" myself and decided I should do so in case anyone shares my same curiosity to learn about who posts...

I'm a 42 year old, stay-at-home mom and live in a St. Louis suburb. I have 2 daughters, 8 year old Mariah who is PA and TNA, and 4 year old Jessie (no allergies). Mariah has a CAP Rast score of 100 and has had numerous "contact reactions" (including 8 last year at school). Our allergist at St. Louis Children's Hospital designed a "test" to help determine if she is also smell sensitive, and we have concluded that she is not (now anyway). She also has asthma. She attends a public school (K - 5) of about 300 students.

Before I married my husband 12 years ago, I worked at a Big 10 university as a Health Educator. I taught college students how to give workshops, and worked with the other departments on campus to assist their outreach programming efforts on things related to skills and developmental issues (e.g. time mngt, test taking) and health issues (alcohol, drugs, food disorders and sexuality were all big). I loved my job, but moved to St. Louis so that my husband, a physician, could take a position at Washington University (Barnes).

Though I've not worked professionally for nearly 10 years, I enjoy using my Health Educator skills by increasing people's awareness about PA. We've worked extensively with our school district. (Given that my husband is a physician and I'm a former university health educator, our school district can't argue about our credibility as we advocate for our daughter's needs.) I like helping other parents of PA children, sharing our experiences, and learning from others' experiences. I'm interested in working with other parents on this site on projects related to PA.

I enjoy this site so much. One of the things that I particularly find interesting is that we look at some things differently. As we share our perspectives, I find that I can reconsider my view and sometimes adjust it, change it all together, or reaffirm it. I have learned so much here. Thank you all so very much for sharing and giving this to me. I hope I can do the same for you.

Gail

[This message has been edited by Gail W (edited June 30, 2002).]

On Jul 5, 2002

Hi Gail,

I hope you don't get the feeling I am cyber-stalking you! I saw your post about the support group in Clayton and responded to that, thank you for that information. I noticed your response to the NY Times (I also wrote, mine was a direct attack on the editors for allowing the line to be printed, hmm, wonder why I wasn't published).

I am a 38 year old mother of two also in a St. Louis suburb. I work part time as a software trainer. My oldest child Amanda is 11, she has no food allergies but has mild asthma, is sensitive to some red dyes, and some adhesives. Ben is almost 2 and is allergic to peanuts and many other foods.

I am very interested in learning more about what you have done with your school district and what school district it is. We are in Rockwood and I am already starting to think about what kinds of issues are going to come up.

Ann

On Jul 5, 2002

Hi Ann! I know a mom of a PA kindergartner starting at Shannondoah school this fall-- is that Rockwood or Parkway?

Lokking forward to meeting you sometimes-- I'll contact you off the boards, ok?

Gail

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