PA on Third Rock

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2001 - 11:30am
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pI just saw a rerun of Third Rock from the Sun. I love that show. It is hilarious. However, in today's episode, Dick Solomon has a fling with a new officemate. They go to a dairy-free vegetarian restaurant. And the woman announces that she has lots of allergies, including PA. She tells Dick over and over throughout the episode that she is allergic to peanuts and that peanuts are not nuts but are legumes. She says that if she eats even just one peanut, she will swell up and her whole body will explode into hives./p
pAnyway, the PA woman is a total bore and a social loser and she drives Dick up the wall. I thought it was good that PA was brought up. But they made the PA character out to be obnoxious. If portrayals (or perhaps stereotypes) like this are common, no wonder a lot of people think that persons with allergies are a social stigma./p
pJust my opinion./p
pAmy/p

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2001 - 1:55pm
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You got that right Amy. I've been ticked off for years the way people with allergies, asthma and even glasses are portrayed.
I'm a big Simpson's fan and I remember an episode where 'Bart' and his friend 'Milhouse' are on the playground and milhouse tells Bart that he has to drink soy milk because "the real stuff will kill me." They portray this character as a complete imbecile, complete with glasses and an inhaler (of course, right!?!?!?!).

Posted on: Sun, 03/04/2001 - 12:26pm
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I am not proud when I tell you that I once thought that people with a long list of allergies were probably a little crazy.
I am sure I developed this thinking from these types of programs.
As a nurse, you would think I would know better! I would have patients tell me about their long list of allergies, and in the back of my mind I just thought they were a little off.
If someone like myself, an asthmatic, with enviromental allergies thought like this, what can we expect from people who have never been around the problem.
Naturally, my view has changed, my daughter, 2yrs old, suffers with a pa and asthma. I am so afraid she will carry the stigma.
I have been enlightened, and I hope to start enlightening others.
Sorry to everyone for my old thoughts.
Stay safe!
Deanna

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2001 - 6:16am
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I'm sorry to say that I too didn't understand food allergies. Many years ago I worked at "The Cookie Factory" in my local mall. One day a lady came in and asked if we had any cookies that were egg free, which we didn't. As soon as she left the other girls and I started making fun of her. Oh how I wish I could apologize to her. After all these years I still remember that day and would give anything if I could re do it. It sickens me to think that someone may act like I did concerning my pa daughter. That memory is probably what makes me want to educate the world.

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