What does your crystal ball say?

Posted on: Wed, 12/31/2003 - 4:59am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Any guess as to what methodologies will be implemented by schools in the management of Life Threatening Food Allergies? Will there be changes at all? Any clues you have seen to date?

Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 11:22am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

As *I* consider Parents of Food Allergic Children [i]part[/i] of a Multidisciplinary Approach................
I am surprised by the lack of response this thread has recieved. Thought it would be "on top" of the page for days. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Is this indicative of a standstill? Is this indicative of impossibility? Is this indicative that the [i]status quo[/i] is [b]"O.K."[/b]?
Wondering what, if anything, *I* can expect out of others in the Multidisciplinary Approach to this question considering the apparent lack of response.

Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 1:33pm
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Ok Mommabear, I'll be the first to jump in!
In my crystal ball I see the Federal Govt. saying that the number of obese children is appalling and they are going to do something about it. That due to obesity and the rising number of food allergic children in schools all classrooms are to now be "food free". The only food served will be in the cafeteria, at breakfast and lunch. There are to be NO snacks, birthday treats, or food incentives.
Also due to rising peanut allergies and the severity of reactions peanut butter is being removed from the lunch program. You may still bring it in on your own, but we will no longer serve it.
(Hey, its late, and I can hope right! NO I havent been drinking either [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] )

Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 11:57pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Thank you momma2boys. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 10:15pm
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Raised eyebrow.
Still completely floored. I just thought there would be ooodles of input. A little flaming folder icon even. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Head tilted to side.
Momma2boys, thank you again for your input.

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 7:55am
Kay B's picture
Joined: 12/30/2002 - 09:00

I think as the number of food allergic kids continues to increase, it will reach a critical mass and we will see a spate of deaths that will bring this issue to the attention of the public. I see news footage of angry parents protesting resultant peanut restrictions at their schools, and more pressure for PA/TNA kids NOT to attend school, a la Ryan White when the AIDS issue was hot at hand.

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 8:39am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b]As *I* consider Parents of Food Allergic Children [i]part[/i] of a Multidisciplinary Approach................ [/b]
What's [i]your[/i] prediction, MommaBear? As a "parent"? As a "nurse"? (Any other approaches you live?)

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 10:21am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Gail W:
[b] What's [i]your[/i] prediction, MommaBear? As a "parent"? As a "nurse"? (Any other approaches you live?)
Been singing from the mountain tops for neigh on [i]over a year[/i], no? I mean, I like ya'll enough, but ya know what they say about familiarity............ [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img].
I don't want to steal anyone's thunder, so I'll wait a bit and see if the thread matures. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Besides, [i]who cares what I think[/i]. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I'm supposed to be covert operational with NNT envy, remember? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img].................[b]LMAO[/b]
(sniff)............ I should really get this uniform cleaned. My pom-poms are looking ratty.

Posted on: Tue, 01/06/2004 - 1:37pm
StaceyK's picture
Joined: 05/06/2003 - 09:00

I see more and more peanut allergies (and other allergies) causing more rules to be put into place in schools; however, I also see it as something that starts to irritate non PA families - they may see it as just a disease of the year fashion trend, or a PC trend. However, as more children enter school with this issue they will not be so hopelessly outnumbered and in the end the sheer numbers of them will force more restrictions and precautions to be put in place. Otherwise the schools will see them leaving in droves and there will be a braindrain issue...as we all know allergic children tend also to be in that whole Pathology of Superiority cluster and they will take their high IQs with them. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] In the end, such a flight from institutional schooling could further skew the achievement gap between homeschooled kids and the rest...with homeschooled kids being heavily sought after by colleges and winning all spelling bees, etc.

Posted on: Wed, 01/07/2004 - 3:25am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

[b]AAAA and I[/b] Article entitled:
[b] Academy News: February 1999
Task Force on Allergic Disorders: Promoting Best Practice continues initiatives begun at collaborative conference[/b]
Did you note the list after:
[i]"The Task Force on Allergic Disorders: Promoting Best Practice is driven by the AAAAI and NIAID and involves collaboration with the following groups:" [/i]
I noted "National Association of School Nurses" as one of the groups.
I also note the word: "collaboration" as *I believe* the sum of the whole is greater than that of the individual parts.
To [i]begin[/i] to answer your question: "Raising the Standard of Care". No matter how I look at it, or what hat I assume, (my perspective is somewhat irrevocably [b]fixed[/b] in certain respects............ I will note that, however, it is readily positionable when directed through the appropriate channels possessing particular credibility, agreement, and [b]authority[/b]) Let's just say it doesn't happen on a [i]whim[/i]. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img])
Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. I do not guarantee the accuracy, content, or currentness of the link in this post.

Posted on: Wed, 01/07/2004 - 11:39am
arachide's picture
Joined: 08/16/2000 - 09:00

I like what momma2boys predicted about how child obesity (which is really getting media attention now) will bring the issue of food at school to the forefront. I predict too that we will see some kind of drastic change in the quantity/quality of food at school. This os course will impact those dealing with FAs.
But as Kay said, it will take a food allergy related deaths at schools to fast-track food allergy management PPPs and SOPs (heck, never mind fast-track, mostly put on agendas in the first place!).


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