This drives me crazy!!

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 5:20am
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I spend a lot of time at various message boards. It seems like every couple weeks or so there's a thread like this one:

[url="http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/mb.asp?cmd=display&thread_id=9295"]http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/mb.asp?cmd=display&thread_id=9295[/url]

Why is everyone so eager to tell this lady to give her child cake?? I realize the vast majority is not allergic but I would give anything to go back and have someone tell me what I should have avoided feeding my kids, avoided myself while pregnant and nursing, etc. I know some wouldn't listen but I have a paranoid nature and as soon as I read about avoidance while pg and nursing I quit right then and there. There are other threads recently about eating pb while pregnant. Most said they thought it was just an old wives tale and that the girl shouldn't listen, but why take a chance on something so serious?? Is it so hard to avoid pb and nuts for a year or two?

Gale

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 5:32am
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oops-the link should work later. That website is very unstable-it goes down at least once or twice a day.
Gale

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 5:01pm
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Gale...
I was tickled to see that you must be a scrapbooker! I recognized the site name right away! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Crazy question, but did you ever scrap anything about PA? I know a lot of people that will scrap even so-called "negative" events in their lives. Not me! I've done pages on my son's food preferences, but I'm not sure how I would scrap PA!

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 5:21pm
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I never have, but I admit that I am waaay behind on doing my scrapbooking. Mostly I make cards. I wish now that I would have taken pics of my dd's first and only reaction (just a swollen lip-not a serious reaction) so that I could document it in her scrapbook and also so that our relatives could see some proof. I will probably scrap at least one layout that pertains to it though, because after all, it's a big part of our lives.
That thread I posted has taken a somewhat nasty turn. I had to get crabby with someone. LOL.
Gale

Posted on: Sat, 10/19/2002 - 6:30am
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Hi Gale,
I actually just emailed you about the Nestles candies -- Cindy forwarded it to me because I told her I'd help you get some.
I'm behind too. It's the nature of scrapbooking. These days I'm lucky if I get my pictures out of the envelopes, let alone into books. But I mostly do cards, too. What a money saver it's been!
Funny you should mention taking pictures of swollen lips ... in August Andy had some kind of phantom reaction that basically made his entire face blow up. I just happened to have my camera in my purse in the Emergency Room! He was sleeping off the Benedryl in the ER, and I was looking for something to do (other than stare at him and cry!), and I was looking to clean out my purse and found it. I took a picture of him, with his swollen head, on the gurney in the ER. Then when we got home, I took another pic (5 hours post-medication) and in the morning I took one more.
When he started kindergarten in September, I brought in those three pictures to show to the parents when the discussion of the peanut-free room came up. Once the pictures had been passed around the room, the complaints stopped. Startling .... And the parents have been BEYOND supportive so far this year! I honestly don't think that anything I SAID could have had the same effect as those pictures. ("Worth a thousand words," as they say ...)
Anyway, I don't think I have the desire to scrapbook them ... I just can't do that. But man, I'm SO glad I was able to use them the way I did. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Looking forward to hearing from you about the Smarties ...... TTYS! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
~Tracey~

Posted on: Tue, 10/22/2002 - 2:50am
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Hi Gale!! I just wanted to tell you that one of the moms who balked at the information I originally stated on that thread emailed me privately to ask for more information as she has an infant daughter. I was happy to provide all of the information that I had, and I was glad that she emailed. She said she apologized if she offended me, but she hadn't ever heard of that before. I told her no offense taken, and I didn't want to scare that other mom, I just wanted the information out there. So some progress was made.
One at a time...
Vanessa

Posted on: Wed, 10/23/2002 - 5:30pm
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Hi Vanessa! I'm glad you were able to get some more info out there. I never pass up the opportunity to let people know a little about food allergies and it really scares me that some get outright mad or snotty about it. I sure wouldn't want them around my kids!
Gale

Posted on: Thu, 10/24/2002 - 6:38am
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I only got a chance to read through the first 20 or so posts on the thread, but I actually think it probably gotten a lot of people thinking. Fortunately, the original poster was convinced to wait. It certainly can get extremely annoying (at best) to find oneself in the minority on such an important and sensitive issue. I always feel good if just one person makes a decision to wait on peanut butter because I share my daughter's experiences with them. I actually know of three moms who have done so. I guess we can't convince everyone, however. Even my own sister gave her two sons peanut butter starting very young. (Bites of granola bar before one year - ay carumba!) Fortunately her kids are not allergic. Good for you two, Vanessa and Gale - for making a few people think. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

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