keep preaching they do hear us!!!!

Posted on: Fri, 03/08/2002 - 2:20am
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Joined: 11/17/2001 - 09:00

I will try to make a long story short.
Last night my son was greeted at the ice rink by one of his coaches. He grabbed my son from behind hugging and horsing around with him(I could see this from the end of a long hallway). Before I even got as far as the coach my son had quickly disappeared from sight. When I stopped to speak with the coach I noticed two things a handful of peanut M&M's and breath that smelled like what else peanuts. I asked him in a very nice way if he had remembered my sons allergy and he had not. Where was my son when he had vanished? In the mens room washing every part of his skin that the coach had touched. My son told me he did not mention it to the coach because he had already wrapped his arms around him and he did not want him to feel bad, but he made a quick dash for soap and water.
I thought I would share that story because I know we all worry about how our kids will handle situations such as this when the time comes and we are not close by.


Posted on: Fri, 03/08/2002 - 5:41am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

hkymom: Thanks for sharing your story! I'm sure you are so proud of your son! [img][/img]
My PA son is 4 yrs old and I started teaching him about his allergy at a very young age. He knows to ask if something has nuts in it and has always been very verbal. It is comforting to know that they are hearing us and that the info is sticking!
I am glad that your son did not have a reaction and hope that my son will handle these types of situations in the same manner as he continues to mature!

Posted on: Fri, 03/08/2002 - 6:33am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Similar story here. I developed a nice little card with my son's picture on it with information about his allergy--including a bit about "if you've been eating pb stuff and haven't washed your hands..." I distributed it to all his tennis coaches because they touch his hands a lot with hand placement and stuff and give a lot of high-fives.
Well anyway, after one of the lessons, one of the coaches told Ryan he could blow on the head coach's whistle. Oh my gosh. I was out of ear shot, but I saw him do it. Talk about instant panic but I was able to keep my cool and I gently reminded the coach that he shouldn't be touching things like that to his mouth because of his PA. She felt terrible about it because she just forgot (and her sister has a nut allergy so she understands the seriousness of it). I watched him like a hawk for several hours after that. What a scare.
I just keep reminding him constantly that people forget, but it's up to us to be on top of these things at all times.
Three cheers to your son for handling the situation like a pro.
[This message has been edited by ryan's mom (edited March 08, 2002).]

Posted on: Fri, 03/08/2002 - 2:43pm
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Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

Just yesterday my daughter's preschool teacher inadvertently offered my PA daughter (who just turned 3) one of her crackers. I happened to be standing nearby and watched to see what would happen. My tiny little girl simply sweetly said, "No. That might be peanut crackers." The teacher instantly realized the mistake she had made in offering the cracker (which was a wheat thin or something like that; probably okay but, I have already asked the staff at school not to offer her any snack/food that hasn't been sent by me). I was really surprised how matter-of-fact my little girl was. She didn't miss a beat. Yes, they do hear us. : ) Joey

Posted on: Fri, 03/08/2002 - 11:18pm
hkymom's picture
Joined: 11/17/2001 - 09:00

That is awesome to hear someone that young is that aware of her allergy.
Ryans Mom,
We had another child allow him to use his inhaler, on the bench in a game. My son did not understand that was a no,no.

Posted on: Sat, 03/09/2002 - 1:59am
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Joined: 05/05/2000 - 09:00

I was very proud of my son (11) recently. His band teacher handed out cookies - my son read the label and noticed natural flavors so he said he couldn't have any. The teacher, bless her heart, packaged the remaining cookies AND the box with label and sent them home with us. They are girl scout cookies, so I'm thinking they are fine but I will check. I haven't talked to the band teacher about not handing out food because I figure my son needs to start dealing with some of these situations on his own and he just showed he could do it. (This is despite a lot of grumbling about carrying an epi-pen is stupid, etc. etc.)

Posted on: Sat, 03/09/2002 - 9:02am
wood145's picture
Joined: 09/10/2001 - 09:00

My son, 5, was going to a friends after preschool and realized after I dropped him off that I forgot to send his fannypack with him. (I realized when I handed the teacher the note and told her I'd run home get it and bring it back). He told his teacher to call me because "I'm not allowed to go to a friend's house without my fannypack!" I was so proud of him.

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