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Posted on: Wed, 01/29/2003 - 3:26pm
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That stomach thing is making its way through my house...first DS, then DH....I suppose I'm next. Knowing my luck it will wait until the end of the work week, and I'll be sick all weekend.
What a horrible stomach bug it is, too. I hope he gets better quick and that it doesn't get passed on Cindy!

Posted on: Wed, 01/29/2003 - 10:33pm
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Karen H., I don't think we had anything like the Norwalk Virus that was going around. To me, it was/is quite the strange little virus.
Jesse seems to be more tired than anything else. No headache. No fever. He went all day yesterday without throwing up and yet this morning, when he could be going to school, he said that his stomach is still not feeling well. Since they have an N.I. (non-instructional - no school) day tomorrow, I just thought, what the heck, get his sister to school and off on her field trip (unfortunately, without me [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] - she's really angry [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ) and let Jesse rest one more day.
There was hardly any vomit or diarrhea involved at all, but just a general punkiness that has lasted since Sunday now. Oh well.
My DH never seems well to me, always something not quite right and I'm actually the same (but at least I can verbalize what's wrong with me and can tell if I have the stomach flu or not [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ), but I made a point of telling him the other night to just keep washing his hands.
Interestingly enough, my daughter, my little hardy one, hasn't shown any signs of it yet.
Only Jesse. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] I don't wish Ember ill, but I find it difficult to watch Jesse always get sick, him the first one to get a virus and always have it last the longest (I don't wish it was Ember first or anything like that, I think everyone knows what I'm trying to say).
He just seems so sick to me a lot of the time. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
At any rate, time to get the little Miss off to school and Jesse out on some errands with me (I told him he better be well enough to walk around with me for a bit because we can't be shut-ins and that if he's actually well enough to walk around with me, isn't he well enough to go to school - I find this decision such a hard call each time I make it).
Karen, maybe you'll be lucky and it won't hit you. Here's hoping. [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: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 1:13am
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Thanks Erik!
Hi Cindy,
My youngest son is rarely sick and appears to be a carrier. Every virus he picks up he'll share it w/everyone at home, he has a bad habit of drinking from every family member's cup even after we're all sick and it doesn't phase him one bit...then off he goes trotting merrily out the door!
You may want to try Cola Syrup; it can be purchased at a pharmacy for about $2 or try a flat coca-cola. Each one worked wonders when we all had food poisoning, and we have used it with the stomach flu combined w/a diet of no dairy, no fried food & no meat. The pharmacist & our pediatrician recommended using either for an upset stomach. The ibuprofen in Advil & Motrin may compound an upset stomach, and also pure aspirin even if it is for children. Hope this helps!
Sorry about getting away from your topic!
Take care...I'll be off line.

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 4:49am
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Cindy-If most of your problems started with this teacher, anyway to get a different one? Part of what we do (not working wonderfully this year but has helped overall) is review the teachers for the following year and find out which one is most willing to learn about PA, help with the classroom party issues, field trips, etc.. Just a thought to help save you some sanity (not saying that you lost yours-lol) for the balance of this year as well as those going forward.

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 7:18am
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It seems to me that all we (parents of PA children) are asking for is to be included in the PRE-planning. I don't really understand why that's an issue for so many teachers. I love the way my dd's teacher approaches PA which is basically something like "Cool, I'll have the mom check it out and I won't have to worry about it." It seems it would be so much easier for THEM.
Cindy, on a personal note, I just wanted to tell you that I think it's admirable how you take the time respond to everyone. Thank you.

Posted on: Fri, 01/31/2003 - 12:34am
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Just had a thought/question. Does FAAN provide any literature to food allergic parents about what they *should* do as far as their children going on school field trips?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 01/31/2003 - 12:46am
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Cindy!!!!
I have been out of the loop for awhile...my computer bit the dust. But I'm back now and boy....!
I am going through something quite the same at my childs school. We have a lawyer involved as well.
This problem stretches across the board doesn't it? I believe the time is now, to make a stand for our children's rights. Discrimination should never exist and especially quietly. It is in that silence that it prevails.
You are doing the right thing. Just hang on and know that. It is not easy...ha...I know. But if not now...when? If not me....who? .....
As I like to say....find your center and apply your outer protection against people who simply do not yet posess the courage and love to embrace these children. I have to believe that we are doing a good and worthy thing. So fight the good fight!
Like I said, I believe, with all my heart, the time has come for all of us to make the stand to help our children. We need to nip this in the bud...I beleve it can be done. It may take a whole lot of energy and a sturdy backbone but... then again, most good things do!
I'm in!!!
Best, Best, Best~
K

Posted on: Fri, 01/31/2003 - 1:30am
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Quote:Originally posted by Cindy Spowart Cook:
[b]Just had a thought/question. Does FAAN provide any literature to food allergic parents about what they *should* do as far as their children going on school field trips?
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[/b]
There's this brief link:
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/school/fieldtrip.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/school/fieldtrip.html[/url]

Posted on: Fri, 01/31/2003 - 3:18am
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Hi Cindy,
Before I post a bit of information that has been on my mind; FAAN has a topic on schools at [url="http://www.foodallergy.org"]www.foodallergy.org[/url] or 1-800-929-4040 or contact Chris.
I first asked to meet with the superintendent and the principal where I provided information including that of PA.com to educate themselves. From there they trained the entire staff including cafeteria employees on PA, later on I informed them of FAAN from whom they purchased training materials & taught every teacher including aides how to use an Epi-pen.
At the beginning of each year, I meet w/my daughter's teacher to refresh her on PA. I ask that either she or the Classroom Mom call me when planning parties or snacks for whatever reason (this has worked wonderfully & it also provides me the opportunity to eduate the CM for the next PA child, we have a few at this school). On the northside of PHX, one grade school has 17 PA kids.
Whenever a persmission slip comes home for a field trip, it is my red flag to call the teacher first to gather information that helps me to decide whether I should volunteer to attend or not. If the teacher I believe the field trip location to be safe, I then remind her to take the Epi-pen & my contact #'s.
Every year, my daughter has had a teacher w/more then one child that has a special need; that presents alot of work for a single person. I volunteer once a week in my daughter's class. Her teacher has 25 kids including 4 w/health impairments; one w/arthritis, one w/diabetes, one w/PA & one w/MA. The diabetic child needs more attention from the teacher to ensure that she has had her medication & snack on time (I am diabetic, so I keep an eye on her also for tell tale signs). The health arthritic child whom I am teaching to type has difficulty in keeping up w/the rest of the class because he suffers alot of pain when writing therefore the teacher also must spend a good amount of time w/him. Because my daughter & the MA child are in a classroom (controlled environment) her teacher is on alert when there are parties, unexpected food brought in & field trips. The cafeteria aides are on alert when all health impaired children enter the cafeteria from there the playground aides are on alert to ensure that no one is eating anything outside the designated area of the cafeteria. Myself including the parents of the arthritic & diabetic child volunteer to grade papers, etc at home &or volunteer at least twice a month in the classroom which also provides us w/the opportunity to check out how the needs of our child are being met & if we need to offer suggestions, etc.
My choices are strictly for the care of my PA child. They work for my daughter, myself and our school administration therefore they may or may not work for anyone else.
Now on to the purpose of my return. After witnessing my son & his wife go through the entire experience of anaphylaxis with their daughter, I would like to share what my husband & I experienced after the hospital.
When I returned from the hospital after making a quick stop I walked in on my son & his wife going through a turbulent let down phase of crying, screaming, blaming, fear, etc that created confusion for the kids & the baby. My husband got the kids ready for school & took them to McDonalds for breakfast leaving at 6am. I tried to calmly take the baby who was visibly frightened (14mos old) out of the arms of the parent that was clutching her so tightly it her made her cry. Regardless of the amount of talking I did, I wound up having to make a threat of physically taking her. I ordered that they leave the house to resolve their emotions else where, they then went out to the driveway & began to scream at one another again which then caused my granddaughter to again become frightened listening to her parents. I had to call my husband home to have him deal w/them. They eventually left. My husband and I felt that it was more important that the baby be calmed so that she could sleep & continue to recover. My son & his wife returned hours later w/very their feeling toward eachother alittle unresolved, however it was a sign of healing. At McDonald's, my husband did his best to explain what was happening at home, and when they returned from school my son, his father, his wife & I talked to them also. As for my granddaughter, her only way of understanding was through her senses, each one of us behaved as calmly as possible by loving her gently & talking to her in a soothing tone. I do have to admit that when it was over, I did have to vomit from holding it all in.
Take care & stay safe...I will be off the boards working on my project. Contact me on my e-mail.

Posted on: Fri, 01/31/2003 - 3:56am
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Cindy, I just want to let you know that I admire you so much for how you have stood up for your son! Even at our school which has handled my son's food allergies with tremendous care and accommodation, I feel that I never want to "ruffle" anyone's feathers. But, I always keep in my mind that I am his mother - there is not a soul on this planet that loves him like I do, and I will do anything in my power to protect him. You are absolutely right in standing up for Jesse. He is to be protected at school and he is to be allowed to participate in all school activities. You have done a tremendous job in making those things possible.
Because his teacher is a @#$% you have it much tougher than many of us, but I know that you have done everything you can legally, and personally to protect him. Never be intimidated by the school and always, always remind them of their LEGAL obligation, through your lawyer if you must. Schools here in the US that violate a 504 or discriminate against a student with a disability can lose government funds, perhaps that is the same in Canada and they should be reminded of that. Also, the news media is sympathetic to parents on these issues, you might consider that "threat" for your school also. Bad press can be a good thing!
Give Jesse a hug from us - these little ones are so brave - my little boy usually handles these things better than I do. Best of luck in your on-going battle!

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