TV show on Monday Night

Posted on: Sat, 03/18/2000 - 11:47pm
kalpertk's picture
Joined: 08/30/1999 - 09:00

I read in our local paper about a national TV show on Monday night which will have an older child, who is allergic to peanuts, exposed by a friend. I believe it is bullying or teasing behavior. Not sure. Anyway, since my son is now 10 I am at least going to tape it and preview it. It's that show Freaks and Geeks. Set in the late 70's?The medical info won't be up to date. But the emotional issues should be.

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2000 - 10:59am
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Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

pSo what did you guys think of the show? I just finished watching it./p
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Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2000 - 12:06pm
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pI watched most of it, quite by accident. The TV happened to be on and my 8 year old PA child got interested in it. Although I didn't see the first 20 min and came in at the middle, I found it disturbing. I think it is good to show that this is a life threatening allergy. But I found myself telling my son to be watchful of his food, especially when he is older. This is actually something that I had not thought of, but kids can be cruel. I hope showing how serious a reaction can be helped, and did not give kids ideas of how to test whether the child is actually allergic or not./p
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Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2000 - 12:40pm
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Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

pI too had mixed feelings about the show. While I believe it will help raise public awareness of the seriousness of peanut allergy, I was also worried that it might give some kids ideas about not taking the allergy serious enough, and putting peanut allergic individuals to the test. I believe this is especially true of elementary and junior high age children who might not understand that things do not always turn out ok, as was depicted in the TV show./p

Posted on: Mon, 03/20/2000 - 8:36pm
kalpertk's picture
Joined: 08/30/1999 - 09:00

pThis is why I wanted to watch. I know of a child in my school district who had a peanut butter sandwich shoved in his face in middle school. Somehow, he didn't react. I don't know if it touched him or not. The boy who did it was suspended for a couple of days. The boy with the allergy is now in high school. Basically never talks about it. He does say middle school was the hardest. It's weird, I teach part time high school, 2 classes. In two classes I have 3 nut allergies out of 40 kids. 2 peanut./p

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 2:47am
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Joined: 06/30/1999 - 09:00

pCould someone give a summary of what happened in the show. It was only by accident that I caught a part of the show. It's not one that we regularly watch. All I saw was when the boy stated to the class that "if I eat a peanut I could die." But then we turned it off. I did not think there would be anymore to the story. Today, someone in my office said that there was more. Something about a bully sneaking peanuts into his lunch and he went into a coma. Could someone give the details. Was it done in good taste? Was it accurate?/p

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 4:49am
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Joined: 03/04/2000 - 09:00

pGosh, I wish I could've seen this show. A co-worker told me about it today. Did anyone tape it? /p
pThis show represents the sort of thing I fear for my son once he enters public school this Fall. And, yes, of course kids can be this cruel. Try to recall your own days of school and all the mean things everyone did to each other all day long. To the teacher who has 2 pa students, how are they treated? Please be honest./p
pRight now my son is in a preschool where he is loved. It's actually a privilege to eat at his little table with him (those children who have nothing peanut-related packed in their lunch may sit with him). I know this positive attention may be short-lived. And I worry that he will be labeled a "freak" once he starts elementary school./p
pAfter hearing the storyline, I too have mixed feelings. BUt overall, it sounds like it's a good thing. Afterall, don't most of you still get those "Are you crazy?" looks when you tell them about pa? A show like this would be something those people could relate to and hopefully then learn from./p
pRegarding kids getting ideas from the show, I suppose it's possible. BUT, I would assume that most kids have ALREADY considered pulling pranks like that - if for no other reason, just out of curiosity. This show would at least educate them on why they shouldn't attempt a practical joke. It may not stop cruelty but hopefully it would prevent the majority of it./p
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Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 5:33am
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Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

pHere's a brief plot summary of last night's Freaks and Geeks. Unfortunately, I did not tape the show. /p
pDuring history class, Bill (one of the geeks of the title) tells the class that he is allergic to many things including bees and peanuts. He reveals that he almost died when he ate a peanut years ago. The teacher and students tell him he is exaggerating and that no allergy could be that severe. After class his friends Sam and Neal tell him he shouldn't have talked about his allergies like that and say that they don't think he or anyone could be that allergic to peanuts./p
pDuring lunch Bill leaves his sandwich unattended. Another student, Alan, says to his friends that he doesn't believe anyone could be allergic to peanuts and that Bill is making it up. To test this, Alan puts peanuts in Bill's sandwich. Bill returns to his table and bites into his sandwich. He tells his friends Sam and Neal, who have just joined him at the table, that there is a peanut in his sandwich. Sam and Neal jokingly ask "Should we call an ambulance?"/p
pThe next shot is of a crew of EMTs racing down the halls of the school with Bill, wearing an oxygen mask, on a stretcher./p
pAt the hospital Bill is in critical/serious condition. His mother arrives, crying hysterically and saying that the last time he ingested peanut he was in a coma for 2 days. Sam and Neal contemplate the possibility that Bill might die. Two girls from school come to see if Bill is okay. Bill's mother tells Sam's mother that she wasn't careful about nutrition during pregnancy, suggesting that's why he has PA. (She also cites her drug/alcohal abuse). The doctor informs them that Bill is in serious condition./p
pAlan, the boy who put the peanut in the sandwich comes to the hospital with his father, who is furious with him. The father makes Alan apologize to Bill's mother and tells her he is sorry. Alan goes into Bill's hospital room, where Bill is unconscious with oxygen and hooked up to all sorts of monitors, that he's sorry, that he didn't think this would happen. Alan says "don't die." /p
pBy the end of the show Bill has recovered. The doctor says that he's been through a lot and he has to stay in the hospital overnight./p
pWhile the show didn't show Bill covered with hives, etc. it did seriously address the possibility of death associated with PA, which I think is important in educating people. It also addressed the fact that many people don't take this allergy seriously. (Of course, this scenario is one of my worst nightmares as a parent, that some kid won't believe in the seriousness of PA and try to perform a "test" like the one in the show--kids, don't let your food leave your sight.) This was a far better presentation of the consequences of PA than I've seen on TV in the past. For instance, on an episode of "Friends", Ross eats kiwi, which he is allergic to, and his throat starts closing up but it's presented as a funny kind of thing played for comic possibility(he does go to the ER for his "shot"). I think there was an episode of "Just Shoot Me" where Maya ate something she was allergic to and the episode revolved around her embarrassment at having a swollen lip./p

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 6:40am
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Joined: 03/11/1999 - 09:00

pWe watched the show. I think it was the first time I have seen prime time TV and NBC address the serious nature of peanut allergy. My concerns were that the kid was portrayed as a geeky kid with allergies, and that no mention of an epi auto-injector as treatment was mentioned. Also, the school did not intervene on an administrative level, as such a serious infraction warrants. Also,as a health care professional, he was the BEST looking critically ill person I have ever seen. But then, they did stress the seriousness more strongly than most media does./p
pHarassment and teasing are part of the package of growing up, unfortunately.What we have to do is not only address the basic growing up issues of harassment/teasing, but teach how to handle peanut issues as well. /p
pParents CAN coach their children in assertive behavior and do role playing to help them be ready for when it occurs. Because it does. /p
pWe can start very early in school to establish ZERO TOLERANCE for teasing/harassment. Then those children, educated and fully aware of the consequences to them and the peanut allergic individual will more likely be aware/respectful, as they all grow up. /p
pFor those who are not supportive and tease/harass a person with life threatening allergy, the consequences must be very clear, and firmly addressed on an administrative level in schools. It is a very serious infraction. /p
pSchools do not tolerate racial harassment, nor assaults. This issue must be viewed in the same fashion by school administration./p
pThe important issue is to educate and set limits early on, in the early elementary years, so that kids learn it is NOT ok to tease; it is NOT ok to taut/harass. /p
pThe second part, is being ready for if and when it does happen, with an Emergency plan, and administrative consequences for harassment/teasing infractions. /p
pThe third part, is to coach and practice role modeling PN children to be assertive, to know who are trouble makers and stay clear of them, and to know who they to turn if they are in trouble./p
pThe fourth part, is to get used to counting the newly emerging gray hairs on our heads, as our PN allergic child grows up. [img][/img]/p
pI can only say, that 9 years ago, no one knew DIDDLY about peanut allergy, and the type of reactions we faced. Now it is 2000, and peanut allergy has arrived on prime time, fictional NBC TV. That means it is becoming part of our TV viewing, American culture. THAT is progress! And I can only say thank you NBC.../p

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 8:57am
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Joined: 09/02/1999 - 09:00

pDid anyone relate to mom. I've gone though major feelings of guilt regarding my daughters allergy, and I had her in 1995, this show is depecting 1980's. No one warned me as ten years ago no one warned her. I personally went to high school from 1982-1985 and I never met anyone with a peanut allergy, I am sure it is much more common today. Who would believe such an innocent food could be so harmful. /p
pFor Barb, I do not believe epi pens were available in the early 1980s. They had those bee sting kits that had to be kept at a certain temp. /p
pFor CollenMarie, I dont want my daughter feeling like a geek either. I worry about the kids making fun of her for carrying meds around with her everwhere she goes. /p
pThe show reminded me of and old Fraiser epposode which took place on Thanksgiving, Fredrick (Fraisers son) has many allergies and wears a MedicAlert bracelett. They make it seem like he is not a normal child./p
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Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 9:12am
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Joined: 11/10/1999 - 09:00

pAre comas from allergic reactions to peanuts common? /p



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