It feels weird when the school does what you\'ve always wanted. . .

Posted on: Sat, 10/28/2006 - 11:50pm
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Something happened last week and I found myself in a situation where I felt 'the baton' had finally been passed. Not completely. . . but I could feel a definite change.

Last week I made a mistake. . . I bought some mini-bags of pretzels for snacks and gave a bag to Mariah to snack on as she watched TV. It was a new brand for us, so as she was eating her first pretzel stick, Mariah started to read the ingredient label herself. Just to double check.

Sure enough: the bag was labeled 'may contain' as clear as day. I had missed it. I'd checked them at the grocery store, but missed it. <> We all felt uneasy. . . and grateful that Mariah caught my error.

We kept an eye on DD, and she didn't seem to have any symptoms that evening. Didn't treat.

The next morning around 10, I got a call on my cell phone from the School Nurse. Mariah was in her office, had some minor allergy symptoms and did I want her treated with benadryl due to the possible exposure the night before? She had thoroughly checked Mariah out, and went down her thorough list: no fever, no hives, peak-flow number, etc., etc.

I was so caught off guard. I'd never thought about the possibility of a delayed reaction the next day from a 'may contain'. [i]But the nurse did.[/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Since I hadn't considered the possibility of a delayed reaction, I never thought to mention it to the nurse. [i]But Mariah did.[/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

When I picked Mariah up after school, she something that indicated how good the nurse is and then said that the nurse gave her a note to show her teachers the remainder of the day. A note? What note? Apparently the nurse thought to write a 'be aware' note saying that Mariah had a possible exposure and to please keep a close eye on her.

Wow. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I'd never thought about the nurse notifying the teachers for this.

It was a wonderful and also very weird feeling. I'm so used to being the 'one' to think about what to do. The 'control freak'. Others were in place as a safety net, but never really utilized.

But this time, others (Mariah and the nurse) clearly showed that they were great at doing their jobs. They didn't consult me or ask for my permission, they just did it. Then informed me.

Weird. Very weird. I'm not used to this. I'm liking and not liking it all at the same time. Sorta like my brain doesn't know what to do. It's uncomfortable to feel so good. LOL! Can anyone relate?

Posted on: Sat, 10/28/2006 - 11:56pm
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Can't really relate, but that is really amazing. It must be such a feeling like you haven't had in...say....years? The feeling like it's OK, even for a little bit. That's great to hear your dd and the nurse were really on top of it. Maybe this may contain situation was a way of showing you just how good things can really be...enjoy it while you can!!!

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 1:10am
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"had some minor allergy symptoms and did I want her treated with benadryl due to the possible exposure the night before? She had thoroughly checked Mariah out, and went down her thorough list: no fever, no hives, peak-flow number, etc., etc."
What "minor allergy symptoms" did she have? If no hives, breathing issues, etc?

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 1:11am
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I can relate...something similar happened to us once.
The wonderful, but strange, feeling comes from a recognition that you've done a good job in training people on allergy awareness...and those people actually "got it!"
Doesn't happen often, and usually takes "years," but it does happen.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 1:19am
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Quote:Originally posted by mharasym:
[b]What "minor allergy symptoms" did she have? [/b]
Nasal congestion and a cough.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 1:20am
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Wow, that is wonderful. Plus it is wonderful that Mariah caught your mistake. That happened to us once--dd caught my mistake, it was a shared equipment with milk issue. I felt really bad about it. It is great when they catch it though. The school nurse sounds very on the ball.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 1:25am
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Quote:Originally posted by Donni:
[b]I can relate...something similar happened to us once.
The wonderful, but strange, feeling comes from a recognition that you've done a good job in training people on allergy awareness...and those people actually "got it!"
Doesn't happen often, and usually takes "years," but it does happen.[/b]
I can take a little credit for having prepared Mariah well. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
But as for the nurse, this was clearly her nursing skills that came into play. Can't take an ounce of credit. I feel a little sheepish, that I hadn't remembered that a delayed reaction was a possibility.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 6:04pm
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I messed up and fed my milk allergic son something with milk the other night. He had a mild reaction and I kept him home the next day, but he was very good about it and aware. The school teacher and office staff were also very sympathetic. It was almost a positive experience for us all to see that even if we screw up, if we treat the reaction quickly and correctly, things should usually be ok.
It's nice your daughter can feel comfortable at school and confident in her own ability to handle a situation.

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 10:30pm
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Sounds like Mom and Dad have done a fabulous job raising a very aware and careful daughter!
Congratulations!

Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2006 - 11:56pm
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I would be so proud of Mariah to be so aware! Your school sounds truly amazing. I wish my DD's middle school was this considerate and caring. We have made some strides, but I'm still working on the nurse. I don't feel the warm and fuzzies with her at all.

Posted on: Mon, 10/30/2006 - 12:41am
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What a huge weight lifted for you, too-- to know that when the rubber hits the road, she really [i]will[/i] own her allergy. As much of a PITA it can be. Good for her!!
I already know you've told her this, but--
Way to be a [i]YOUNG WOMAN[/i] who knows how to take care of herself!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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