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Posted on: Thu, 04/26/2001 - 11:56pm
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

HELP!!!!! My husband was given tickets to a Yankees game. We live in New Jersey and the stadium is of course in New York. He wants to bring our 8 year old, his boss and his son. Mind you my husband doesn't even know how to put on a band-aid never mind recognizing an allergic reaction or administering an epi-pen eventhough I've shown him. I am beside myself sick to my stomach and in such a panic I don't know what to do with myself! My husband is accusing me of overreacting and ever since I got this computer I'm over the edge and I should calm down. AAAAGGGGHHHHH!!! Doesn't he understand he is taking a 4++ reactive PA to a Ballpark that is infested with a potentially fatal poison!! He agrees to taking the epi-pen, benadryl, and asthma meds with him but I don't trust him. How the hell are you suppose to tell your husband he can't take his son to a baseball game when he doesn't get it!! Please help I'm desperate. I am actually considering taking a minute amount of peanut butter and putting it on my sons arm just so my husband can SEE that the kid can react. Isn't that sick!! Thats how beside myself I am.
Sorry for the rant but we've talked about family members and friends not getting it but what about the parent!? My husband (notice I didn't put DH) knows our son is PA but he doesn't UNDERSTAND that he is PA. Sorry, he probably won't read this board so I have to think of another way. I'm going to the allergist tomarrow, I'll ask her what she suggests too. The game is tuesday May 8.
I hope I don't have cardiac arrest over this. I usually am not this crazed. I'm frightened. I won't be there. It stinks when you can't trust your spouse with your kid. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 04/27/2001 - 3:26am
torontosue's picture
Joined: 06/08/2001 - 09:00

How about showing your husband's boss how to use the epi and explain it to him. If you want to do it in a way that doesn't make it sound like your husband is an insensitive clod, just say you never know who will be the nearest, or perhaps hubby will be off buying a drink while your son reacts, you just want to make sure the boss understands and is comfortable in knowing how to administer an epipen should the need arise.Perhaps the boss has more of a brain on his shoulders and will understand the seriousness of the situation.

Posted on: Sun, 06/03/2001 - 10:41am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

I thought I would bring this up again after our experience at a baseball game tonight. We were with another family, the adults behind the children. About halfway through the game I noticed something falling from above and hitting my son on the back. I immediately thought it was a peanut shell and sure enough it was! Of all the people for it to hit is has to be my PA son? Unbelievable! Another one came down before I could get him out of his seat.
I told one of the employees who looked at my like I was crazy (we have all seen that look haven't we!) He went up to check on who was throwing the shells down. My husband felt that he might not follow through so he followed him up. The employee watched the people for about a minute and when they didn't throw anything again, he just walked away. My husband then went up to the people and calmly explained the situation. It was two children who were doing it and their parents were very understanding and apologetic. That solved it but my son was embarrassed and didn't want to return to his seat after that. The shells hit his shirt so there was no contact reaction just a reminder of the crazy things that can happen.

Posted on: Sun, 06/03/2001 - 12:04pm
G Stanfill's picture
Joined: 04/01/2001 - 09:00

I'm also sorry for what happened to your daughter. I'm relatively new to the PA thing and I'm trying to learn all I can. I have a 13 month old boy with PA.
We have a minor league team in our area. Last week my husband received box seats for his firm. We started to carry our son since it was going to be inside...but because it was a late game we left min with a sitter. I was so glad I did!!! The ballpark provides refreshments for guests in the box seats. There was popcorn and PEANUTS everywhere, even on the floor!!! Of course it will be cleaned up, but I'm sure there would still be residue all over the place. I would never feel safe carrying my son to a game even if we requested no peanuts in our box because of all of the residue!
Our son is young now, but my husband loves baseball, and the thought of him never taking him to a game saddens me.
Still I just wanted you to know that no seat in the ballpark could be 100% safe. I agree with Chris...we need to take action.
Take care!

Posted on: Sat, 06/30/2001 - 2:56am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I just talked to the Director of standard operations for the Cincinnati Reds today expressing my concern regarding peanuts in the stands. He told me that when we go to the ballpark to ask for him and he would give us a "roving pass" allowing us to move anywhere in the stadium---even down to a special designated area if necessary should the need arise. I feel much more comfortable with the idea of taking my son to the ballpark. You can't prohibit peanuts at a baseball game, but making some reasonable accomodation for the PA kids should be done by all ballparks. He said they would do whatever necessary to make our experience enjoyable and safe. He also wants more info on the subject so he can learn about it and mabye make changes for their future stadium. He also thought all major league teams so get on board with this. As far as the man who threw peanuts at your daughter.....I would file charges immediately for endangering the life of a child. He should have to face penalties, community service, something for what he did. Don't delay.

Posted on: Sat, 07/07/2001 - 5:24pm
mom24kids's picture
Joined: 07/08/2001 - 09:00

This topic is what led me to this wonderful site. I came home very frustrated that I may have to discontinue my attendance at MLB games. I am a PA adult and went last night to the Tigers vs. Cubs game. I have attended at least two games a year, but I can count on always getting wheezy, congested and hoarse. It is always an adventure. I too cringe when the Peanut/
Cracker Jack guy comes through. I have found many people to be very accomodating (though I too have had shells thrown at me. My trouble is as an adult I am really not confortable "putting people out" If it were for one of my kids, I'd feel differently. If it comes out in conversation, i.e. why I am switching seats with my husband, etc. I am okay, but always felt weird about just asking people not to eat the staple of american baseball (we even sing about it!!!)

Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2001 - 12:53pm
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Joined: 06/20/2001 - 09:00

Does anyone know if changes were ever made to any ball parks to make a peanut-free section? Earlier post suggest changes may have been considered with the Pirates and another stadium?

Posted on: Tue, 07/10/2001 - 12:22pm
Teresa's picture
Joined: 04/02/1999 - 09:00

Hi everyone,
To my knowledge of the Pirate stadium, I havn't been to a game yet this year and being they just opened the new stadium I'm not sure if any changes were made. I will contact them and find out and let you guys know in the future if any new things come about. I'm not asking people to give up the baseball pastime of peanuts, but to make people aware around you that yes you do have an allergic child and if they are gonna eat them just let ya know so you can move somewhere else,just as a common courtesy. The guy who did throw the peanuts did have to do community service. The sad part of it all is he had his kids with him that day. Something to seriously think about. What kind of roll models do we make for our own children. This did happen last summer and I must say this summer has been great so far! I call every place we visit before hand just so that I know were Peanut safe. Just a reminder if you do attend games just always bring your epi-pen and be aware of your surroundings, anything could happen. I hope everyone is having a safe summer. Thanks for all your support, without these boards topics like these would never be heard.

Posted on: Mon, 07/16/2001 - 5:56am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Just came across this thread and thought I'd add my two cents. Last year, 4 days after my son was officially diagnosed as PA (and while we were still very ignorant to things), we took my son to a Cleveland Indians game. They have a "wonderful" Little Tikes playground area for kids. We spent a lot of time there with Jonathan. Believe it or not, last year, they served peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches in this area for the kids. Also, as others wrote, peanut shells were being dropped from the seats above on to the playground. As I learned more about PA, I regret that I have never complained to the Indians or Jacobs Field. I'm not sure if practices have changed there, but I doubt it. This year, we know better and have no plans to take Jonathan to a game.

Posted on: Tue, 07/17/2001 - 5:51am
mknb's picture
Joined: 01/30/2001 - 09:00

We attended an Angeles game a few weeks ago and moved from the family area, stocked with nut eaters to the handicapped section. The were great we had no troubles and they even brought us extra chairs. We are going to a giants game in a few weeks and we are going to request disabled seat right away!


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