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Posted on: Sun, 08/04/2013 - 1:45pm
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I'm not a "teacher", I am a teacher. I was being honest and sharing my heart. It's unfortunate that you can't appreciate brutal honesty. I can be torn by being slightly offended and on her side at the same time. In case you didn't catch it, my child has a severe peanut allergy. Because he has a severe pa, I can think I am very educated on the topic and can make these decisions for students with pa, but that's not even what I was saying. I think you need to read responses more than once before you respond with an attack.

Posted on: Sun, 08/04/2013 - 2:04pm
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Thanks for the clarification. That is a very different situation than a public school. You're right, the day care workers, and probably preschool teachers, aren't trained. I had to show them how to use the epi-pen because they said they had no clue. I had to pull my son from his daycare at one year old. They also had a preschool. The director said the facility was nut-free, but that just meant no peanut butter and no nuts. They were giving the kids granola bars and cheese Ritz Bitz snacks, etc. I provided his snacks, but he was 9-12 mos old. He could've picked up a crumb and put it in his mouth. The daycare worker was eating M-n-M's, trail mix, pecan sandies. I said something to her, but she blew me off saying she would wash her hands. I then went to the director. It didn't help. He moved rooms. The new teacher brought in homemade choc chip cookies. I asked about them and her response was disheartening. The director had "no eating in the rooms" rules, but she didn't enforce them. So I had to pull him. I'm sure you will have better luck, and your son's much older.

Posted on: Sun, 08/04/2013 - 2:13pm
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To jiffycansuckit.... You are a teacher? Who ate a pbj with a pa student in your room? You are a great example of why so many of us have little respect for your profession. You are a teacher NOT a doctor. You maybe a pa parent but you are not in the doctor office with any of your students and their doctor so you are NOT qualified to make ANY decisions for any other child but your own. You need only do as you are told when it comes to other peoples medical issues. Do us all a favor keep your narrow minded comments to yourself.

Posted on: Sun, 08/04/2013 - 2:41pm
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Man, beat someone up for being honest about how they understood a peanut allergy before their child had one. I used it as an example of how others don't understand the allergy and how you have to be careful.
Yes, I did that. I don't have any problem admitting my mistakes. I was wrong. See there? I did it again. I can admit when I was wrong. Don't beat me up for a mistake that I made 8 years ago. When someone confesses something, have compassion that they can admit their failures. I hope you don't treat your children the way a few of you have treated me, when they confess some wrongdoing to you. What hateful comments you have made.

Posted on: Sun, 08/04/2013 - 9:06pm
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I completely understand your anxiety. We have two PA in our house and at the beginning of each school year I give the teacher a packet. It includes an example on how to read a label for peanut allergies, a peanut free snack list, a list of websites explaining what a peanut allergy is and what a reaction looks like, I also include some websites that have games that the students in their classes can play that explain it at an elementary level. The last thing I include is a letter from me explaining their individual reactions and my contact information. Last year I even went into one of my son's classrooms and explained it to the students and I gave his teacher a copy of "Alli the Allergic Elephant". I know this might be over kill to some but I've only ever run into one teacher who didn't appreciate the information and it makes me feel better.

Posted on: Sun, 08/04/2013 - 9:27pm
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I can appreciate someone owning their mistakes. However you only went on to say how teachers are trained and know what to do, and how this parent should approach the teacher but sucking up. After 11 years of dealing with educators in 3 different states I can say niceness only works if the person you are dealing with doesn't go into it 'knowing' they are better educated then you the parent. In you second post you made reference to 'being able to make the decision'. My point was you are not, Being a pa parent I would NEVER tell another I know better then you. That is exactly how your comment came accross. Don't get your nickers in a twist when someone calls you out for your apparent know it all ness.

Posted on: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:01am
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Traci - bring your child a safe snack everyday.

Posted on: Sat, 08/10/2013 - 4:45am
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I love this! your post said everything that i think. today is my son's 3rd birthday! :) we found out about the allergy when he was 1.

Posted on: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 2:17am
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I was going to say the same thing. :)

Posted on: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 9:17am
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We first researched preschools and found one that was peanut free, and also comfortable with administering an EPI pen. When touring the school we were shown their EPI pen cabinet. Each pen and meds was in a bag with the child's name on it and also their photo. At this school they confiscated any peanut products, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, etc, and made those kids purchase the meal for the day. So they were very on top of this. Even though this was a peanut free school they would not give my kid anything to eat or drink other than water. I packed ALL snacks and lunches. I asked the teacher to let me know if there was a bday at school. I had cupcakes in my freezer and would send one when there was a bday at school. I also gave a bag of nonperishable snacks to the teacher in case I missed a bday, or there was a special holiday type snack that day. Halloween, Christmas are hard since kids get little candy treats, like plain m&ms (mfgrd in a peanut facility). Even though it was a peanut free school I think some parents still didn't realize some things are manufactured in a facility. I always had extra stuff at home to swap out. Good luck!

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