What Situations Increase Your Stress Level with PA?

Posted on: Sun, 11/12/2000 - 6:33pm
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What situations do you come across where you can feel your stress level rising where you can connect it directly to either yourself or your child being PA?

Mine?

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Trying "new" foods from a "new" manufacturer, even if clearly labeled.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] School parties, despite the "peanut free"
notice being sent home regarding the
treats.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] School field trips.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Unexpectedly coming across peanut
products (outside our home, of course!)
i.e., the day my daughter had to
purposely step on a melting chocolate
bar on the sidewalk after I asked her
not to and it was laden with peanuts.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Being invited to someone's home that
we've never been to before, especially
if the invitation includes eating.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Being invited to someone's home that we do
know and have gone to before where there
will be food involved.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Although I rarely do this, going to a
"new" restaurant for us. This would
even include McDonald's. I have had
the occasion to take my non-PA daughter
recently twice when her brother was
in school and I had out-of-Stayner
appointments. Had it been Jesse with
me too, I would have had to call them
first.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Unsupervised socializing - I actually
don't allow my kids to do this, although
many kids where I live do do this and
although I know mine would be "safe"
because someone is always watching, I'm
not clear that Jesse would be safe
simply because of his PA.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Should I forget his Epi-pen (this
has happened once).

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] If someone comes near us somewhere
eating a peanut product. This
happened at a birthday party once,
the kid arrived at the party eating
a pb sandwich.

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] If I ever had to leave Jesse at
someone else's home while I went
somewhere - this has yet to happen
and there is only one person I would
completely trust with him.

Okay, so, that's where I'm coming from in this post. Also, for some reason I feel the need to say, that I know I start a lot of threads and ask a lot of questions. From some of the responses I get, people think that it's ME that I want the answer for. This is not always the case. Sometimes I just think of something and think that it may make a good topic of discussion for all of us and posts need not be directed to me as if answering a question solely for me. Most of my questions actually are raised because I think they may be good discussion topics for all of us to share. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Hey, Tkiaml, I haven't hit 900 yet! LOL!
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Posted on: Sun, 11/12/2000 - 10:21pm
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Dear Cindy,
First of all I think you ask valid queations, you bring up some great topics that people probably are thinking. All the questions you ask are ones that we as parents/PA people need to know or get some other opions from.
To answer your question about the stress level I come across it all the time.
For instance the other day (Sat) Bobby was going to a pizza party for his soccer team & I work all weekend so my husband needs to take him, I was very nervous all day at work until he came home(my husband can be lax). I always need to remind him to bring his epi-pen.
I hate to admit this but, alot of times my husband worries me but, I am sure it is just me. He tends to think I am narotic about Bobby.
I also worry everyday he goes to school. When I send him to other peoples houses I always send his own juice & food because I DO NOT TRUST ANYONE. This is probably a very bad thing but, as his mom I can't help it.
I also get worried evry time he eats something old/new. You can tell by my 1 post about peanuts/nuts in everything.
I have come to the conclusion that I will probably always worry about Bobby no matter how old he is-This is such a terrible thing these children have to deal with, and as his mother, I probably will only feel at ease when he is only with me-I have this thing that I am the only one who will make sure he is safe. I have to come to terms with myself (hopefully one day) that other people care about him & will make sure he is fine.
I can go on & on so I'll leave it at that.
Keep up your great questions, I enjoy all your posts & I think as parents you let us answer some of our unanswered questions or you let us get out what we are feeling.
Ronna

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 1:08am
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What situations increase my stress levels?
Hmmmm.... I consider myself pretty calm but cautious concerning the kids food allergies, however....now that I answer this question there are a lot of times when certain things affect me so that I am extra cautious/conscience of their allergies.
Such as: the other day a friend bought some peanut crackers to eat in the car where my two PA kids were...I saw what she had and said "PEANUT crackers?!" She either didn't get it (temporary peanut allergy brain lapse!) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] or thought it was silly to worry about HER eating it-after all she knows not to give it to the kids. It made me very aware of how the kids were doing in the back seat (any signs of sensitivity-they have not yet shown allergic reaction to airborne peanut). I know it is good that I am aware but of course this would raise your stress level even if subconsciously!
Another instance...My husband is careful about the kids alleriges but his comfort level is different than mine. He allowed my
Non-PA son to get a PAYDAY(packed with peanuts!!!!) candy bar. I thought he was going to let him eat it in the car (where the other two kids were) and I voiced my concern! He wasn't going to and didn't let him eat it in the car.
My PA daughter wanted some M&M's ( I used to let her have them...so she still has to be reminded ) My sister was standing right beside my at the store when I said "no you can't have those" I looked at my sis and said "big cross contamination risk" She just rolled her eyes!!!
The most stressful is leaving my children with others. Because of my husbands health problems, we must frequently leave them with others. I try to explain everything to the people watching them and even have peanut allergy info. printed out from here and put it in the diaper bag. In addition, I have a handwritten letter stating each child's typical reactions and possible reactions and what to do in case. I can pretty much tell which people will take it more seriously but have been surprised before by certain situations(such as the first one mentioned above!) I worry when they are not with me...as every mom would because no one takes care of your kids like you! However, their allergies just add to the worry...I try not to think about it too much and hope for the best after taking (what I consider) resasonable precautions!!!!! Still the stress is there!
Hey, Cindy, I'm not really counting! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]:
tkiaml

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 1:11am
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Oh yeah, my PA kids are not in school yet and I KNOW that will be stressful!!! tkiaml

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 1:34am
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Caring Mom, I think you raised another good stress level raiser that I didn't want to acknowledge. I am more nervous when my PA son is only with my husband rather than with both of us. I know that his father is very diligent NOW about reading labels and taking extra care, but I still don't completely trust him (what an awful thing to say - I hope he never reads this) as much as I trust myself. So, fear whenever Jesse is just going out with his father. This is raised even higher if I have forgotten to give his Dad his Epi-pen! That's what it is - fear of Jesse with his Dad without his Epi-pen! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 5:12am
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YEsterday was a prime example. We attended a family wedding about 2 hours from our home. I woke up at 6 AM worrying about what he would eat, so of course I packed a safe meal. Then I started worrying about whether or not the caterer would let him eat it (don't even ask - my husband says my family rises worrying to an art form), where the nearest hospital was, etc. Then it became "why did we accept this invitation?". Well, there was plenty of stuff for him to eat, he ate the dessert I supplied, and everyone had a good time. But these are the things that only we understand. Every other parent there was only worried about whether their kids would make noise during the "I do's"! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 5:28am
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Amy - if your family raises worrying to an art form, then my family must the Michaelangelo's of worrying! I know how it is - believe me! We went to a wedding also this summer, worrying about the caterer, etc. brought our own meal, etc. and ended up rushing to the hospital because my PA daughter tripped on the dance floor and knocked 3 of her front teeth loose.
Seems we were worried about the wrong thing! You are right to be careful at weddings though (have you ever read any of the caterers threads?), and unfortunately, worry is part and parcel of PA.
I stress about new restaurants, and I had heart palpatations the first time I fed my PA daughter soy butter, it looked so much like PB.
I stress about vacations, like the impending one next summer to our "in the middle of nowhere" cottage (it's never to early to start stressing, I always say [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]). Fortunately, her daddy is as much, if not more, conscientious about PA as I am, so I can relax when they're together.

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 5:41am
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My son is 2 1/2 yrs. old. He is PA and egg allergic. In the last month, we have had to attend 3-4 weddings and showers. People were aware of my sons PA and they were serving PEANUTS anyway. Ever tried to keep a 2 yr. old from the food table and all the people eating peanuts. This just really made me made. At one wedding, a lady said I was going to call and ask what your son could have. She didn't though we were just a thought. I was a nervous wreck before I left. This was a close relative and I felt I should attend the wedding. I had nowhere else to leave my baby. I don't just trust anyone. People just are not aware enough.

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 6:04am
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I find that I am the most stressed in the middle of the night when my PA daughter is safely sleeping in her bed! I don't know why, but when she is awake, I am pretty confident that everything will be ok. She is so smart and so full of life. I don't even worry when she is at school, because I trust her so much. But, in the middle of the night, that's when I begin to think of the reality of this allergy, and how something so miniscule can cause so much harm. I think about the "what if's" and her future. That's when I panic. Then, when I wake up and I see her, I'm fine again. At least until I come to this website and get scared again! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 9:13am
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Hi Tina H. and everyone,
I, too, find the middle of the night to be the hardest time. I'm quiet and still and alone with my very active imagination, coupled with the facts and true stories that I know about PA. My baby apparently reacted (large hives) to touch and smell, so I often imagine how actual ingestion might affect him.
I also find the hours after I've put my PA baby to bed to be stressful, because I know that a reaction can occur 2 hours after ingestion, and he often goes to bed before that time has elapsed, since dinner. I check on him a lot, for my own piece of mind, but I still worry that he will react and I won't be aware. I have a great monior (audio), but have even considered getting one of those video baby monitors for our "peace of mind" ...if there is such a thing!

Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 9:39am
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I raised this question right after corresponding with another PA parent and asking her if she had responded to rlangmaid (I think that's how it is spelled) on the Main Discussion Board about a survey on parental stress related to PA. So, I owe thanks to rlangmaid for the question, and I'd also like to direct people to her post to get more people perhaps involved in her survey.
I know that the very first week I came to this board I was approached by a researcher who asked me if I would complete a survey re PA. I did. Then, I sent a copy of the survey and my answers to Chris at PA.com He asked me if I could somehow incorporate all of the questions I had been asked in the survey into threads, which I did. This is why, if anyone looks back, they will see a lot of threads started by me around the same time I joined. At any rate, I have basically taken that into consideration whenever I start a thread. Is it something that is a good discussion topic, is it information we could thrash out together and get onto the board? Anyway, sorry, "waffling on" but wanted to direct you to the person whose post actually inspired this thread, if you would be interested in participating in her survey. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 9:42am
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Tkiaml, you mentioned M & M's. Did you sign up to receive some Canadian Smarties? I have one Canadian that still needs paired with an American to send Smarties to! How about it?
It's under Americans Who Want Smarties Post Here. I'm fairly sure I can't remember "officially pairing" you yet and you might feel more comfortable with this "safe" substitute. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 11/13/2000 - 3:05pm
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How could I forget this one? GROCERY SHOPPING! Unfortunately, I have to take one or both of my kids with me when I go grocery shopping. I'm not clear that I could deal with the two of them running around the store with those mini-carts to begin with, but when you add the "don't touch"s and scares and reading every bloody label (through bifocals now, thank-you-very-much!), I'm the most stressed out Mom in the grocery store, and believe me, those poor cashiers see me coming! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2000 - 2:28am
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MJ's Mom - I can't even imagine having a PA baby. I guess ignorance IS bliss, in that I didn't find out about Cayley's PA 'til she was almost 3. I would have been doing the same thing - checking on the baby all the time, and I'm pretty sure I would have gotten the Video Baby Monitor, so I could watch "The Baby Show" every night! I even wanted to purchase one of those gizmos that you lay under the sheet, that triggers an alarm if the baby stops breathing (Angel Monitor, I think?) and I didn't even know about the PA at that time - I was beginning to think I was some sort of stress freak, until I read your post!
I am a middle of the night worrier too (why do things always seem so much more manageable during the day?!) but I really feel for you, going through this with a PA infant. When I'm up in the night with my nonPA (I think, I hope) baby, I'll try to send you some "don't worry, be happy" vibes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]. Take care!
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Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2000 - 3:29am
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I'm not sure, but I think a lot of us might be "middle of the night worriers" and I don't think it has to do with PA - it has to do with having kids. You've finally ended your day doing whatever you do. The kids have gone to bed. You've had a couple of hours on your own to do whatever it is you do before you go to bed. But, it's when you hit that bed, when everything is completely quiet (except you can hear your kids breathing, or every little cough or movement), that all of the stresses start to whirl around in our minds. I am kept awake many a night because of whatever the "stress of the day" is. We do this to ourselves, because it is our peace and quiet time and yet, how we must pay for it the next day, in some way, but being somewhat sleep deprived. That's why you'll often find me up posting in the wee hours of the morning, especially if I'm stressing about something that I obviously can't fix, so why lie there and whirl when I can come downstairs, boot up the computer again, and get in here and raise yet another question [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
That's my answer for middle-of-the-night worrying, anyway. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2000 - 4:14am
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Hi everyone, I am reading some of these posts thinking wow am I lucky. My husband is extremly careful with my son and always has been. He does most of the grocery shopping and reads all lables. I will check some things two times because he will ask me to recheck,but he has always been so good. Also as I read I see so many have to have sitters for your children. This is another place where comfort is good because Christopher has never needed a sitter. If he was to need one it would have been my family and they have a safe no peanut house for Christopher. My brother is single and can not even put peanut butter in his mouth because he pictures Chris not being able to breath. I am not saying I have never been worried because we all know that is not true. I am just realizing how lucky we are. When I put my kids to bed at night and peek in when I myself go to bed. I look in and see them sound asleep and they just look so peaceful. I think that night is when I am the most at peace because they have all had another safe day. As far as weddings go he was in one and it was 99 degrees so noone was very hungry. Then my sister in law got married and that was food from the family so he was o.k. We have been very fortunate and not having many situations. I have some girl friends,but usually they will come to our house so I don't ever take him to anyone elses. He goes to his friend very seldom because he is pretty shy. He is usually outside playing with them so eating is not an issue. Best of luck to all of you with your stress. Claire

Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2000 - 6:40am
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hello everyone, Birthday Parties.
My PA son's 7th birthday party this past weekend at a children's play park went pretty well. The centre provides all the fun and food and cleans up all the mess! All the food which consisted of "safe" - pizza, cake, and ice-cream was pre-approved by me. They only use the same brands that are "safe". This was a very BIG hurdle for me- leaving my son in someone who I don't know's care and them serving him food. I explained all about the symptoms and how to use the epi-pen to the supervisor they were already very knowledgeable RE: Peanut Allergy and Emergency Protocol! Of course, I was still nervous the entire time but I had to get back home because all the kid's at the party's parents were at our house for lunch. When I returned home, I explained to all why I was concerned leaving him (for the first time) and one mother said that her child had just eaten a chocolate bar at home this morning containing peanuts!!- The mother said that she got her child to brush their teeth before coming over. I did not know how to respond to that- was I supposed to applaud or something?? Why would anyone who has been told on numerous ocassions how severe my son's allery is feed their child that substance the same day of the party? (Especially knowing how nervous I was prior to that day.) I just don't understand. We have had a few problems before with these friends. I'm so happy that nothing happened at the party- except alot of fun without parental supervision. A BIG Hurdle for my son and me successfully completed.

Posted on: Tue, 11/14/2000 - 2:43pm
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Maoli, congratulations! I am SO pleased to hear that everything worked out for you and your son! It's wonderful! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2000 - 1:57am
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As I read through all your stories, tears come to my eyes in remembering similar situations I and my PA daughter have been in. One of the most stressful is educating other people and having them look at you like your some kind of lunatic. I try to be so diplomatic but sometimes I will get defensive. I am not worried when my daughter is around us or my family, but when she is around other kids at the park, that's when my stress level really goes.
As for weddings, my 5 year old PA daughter has never attended one because I first of all don't want to have to bring her own food and answer to everyone's questions. They'll say things like "how can there be peanuts in a pasta dish or meat dish? Just let her eat it - you worry too much."
My friend in London, England has asked that my daughter be her flower girl at her wedding, but after giving this some thought, I have had to turn down this invitation for fear of flying with my daughter for 7 hours and not knowing what food to buy or restaurants to dine in. By the way, does anyone know anything about labelling laws in the U.K. I have already heard about 2 incidents in Europe about children dying from anaphylactic reactions.

Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2000 - 3:54am
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Caterina, there are a couple of British people new posting on the board. The one that I know is definitely from England is Nick. You can find him in the Expired Epi-pen thread under Living with PA. See if he has his e-mail listed and maybe you would feel comfortable enough e-mailing him to either see your post with your question on this site and having him reply by another post or simply e-mailing back and forth. I know that I am always hesitant to take conversation off-the-board because I feel as though we should be sharing with everyone, but when I do contact someone off-the-board, I always ask if they feel comfortable with me doing so, etc., then proceed to ask whatever it is I was going to ask. Often I'm checking to see if the person is okay after something particularly disturbing, upsetting that they've posted. I'm also not clear is pdaisey is from England or not, or if she is British, but you may want to look for an e-mail for her also. I'm not clear what threads to find her in specifically. Oh, and Nick was also in the Canadians thread to-day a couple of posts before you. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2000 - 11:49am
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Cayley's Mom - Thank you so much for your kind words and the much needed support. Some of my stress (day and night) comes from the fact that my baby can't tell me how he feels. He can only cry and be fussy, which could be the result of so many things. He has had hives, coughing and wheezing before, but I can't necessarily depend on those visible/audible symptoms to alert me. I also have a HUGE fear of sleeping through an allergic reaction. I think this is partially due to the fact that one of my friends found her 18month old dead in her crib one morning, a few years ago (undetected cancer).
So, Cindy, it's true, just being a parent is enough to keep you up at night, but I think life threatening allergy in your child/children intensifies the middle of the night fears.
By the way, went to a new grocery store today and found myself next to an open basket of peanuts, right in the middle of the produce! AARRRGGG!!!! The manager had NOTHING to say to me when I said I was concerned because of my son's life threatening allergy to peanuts and the possibility of cross-contamination to other foods. I won't be going back.

Posted on: Fri, 11/24/2000 - 1:14pm
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We have known for almost 2 years that Kelsey is peanut allergic. I'm usually pretty comfortable that we're doing all we can to keep her safe without keeping her in a bubble. Unexpected situations and mistakes are what throw me off. Like..
-I've called the airline ahead of time and they say no peanuts will be served 2-3 rows on either side of us. I remind the stewardess and she makes the announcement. What does she serve instead of peanuts? Peanut butter crackers.
-We are staying with my sister-in-law's family, who has written ahead to ask me what to serve to be safe. I'm expecting a risk free visit. The night we have hamburgers she and her husband pull out the peanut butter to put on theirs. To her there is no logical risk. To me, my daughter's life is not worth any risk just for food. She acts like I'm an idiot when I ask her to make sure she washes her hands well (she does later apologize).
-We are staying at my OTHER sister-in-law's house, and she is watching the kids while my husband and I help out at another relative's house. I have left a list of what Kelsey can have. She gives her something not on the list, a homemade chocolate chip cookie, and calls me after my 5 year old son tells her it wasn't safe to do that.
-I come home from grocery shopping in the summer and leave the fanny pack with the epi pens in the trunk, ruining them. (I used to be organized until I had my second child!) What really drives me crazy is that I don't notice it is gone for several days. We don't go out alot, so that is why I don't notice. We have pens at daycare and keep the fanny pack in the house or take it with us. Still, the feeling that I've made a mistake that could have endangered the life of my child haunts me.
My husband (gotta love that Y chromosome) takes a very logical approach, saying that it is all about risk management. I'm the one that stresses. But..I am grateful I'm not living 20 years ago with no internet resources and with (I'm assuming) less manufacturer awareness of allergy issues.
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Posted on: Fri, 11/24/2000 - 4:32pm
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JulieM., did you post correctly - pb on hamburgers? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] I can't deal with that one! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 11/25/2000 - 1:49am
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Funny, I noticed the peanut butter on hamburgers too. Yuck. Andy

Posted on: Sat, 11/25/2000 - 1:59am
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Everyone knows that I've always hated pb even before PA entered my life. I remember my Father showing me how he ate pb and I'm trying to remember if it was an attempt to get me to eat it. Anyway, he put sugar on the top of it, sprinkled over the pb on the bread. Now this I always thought was gross, as I do pb and banana sandwiches but that's because I hate pb. BUT, I have to say the pb on hamburgers is just not in my realm of comprehension at all, hater of peanut butter or not. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 11/25/2000 - 8:53am
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I have never heard of PB on hamburgers. I do have to admit as a kid my favorite sandwich was PB and Ham. I just wouldn't eat it at school because I knew the other kids would think it was weird! Sounds totally gross now!!
Linda

Posted on: Sat, 11/25/2000 - 3:10pm
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Rilira, yes, pb and ham does sound gross!
This is completely off-topic, and I'm sorry, but has anyone ever had a potato chip sandwich - butter on the bread and chips in the middle? I remember I thought those were really cool when I was a kid! Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 11:58am
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When I'm sick - doesn't have to be anything major and when my DH is not home. It's not simply about PA but my role as the primary caregiver (naturally because I am a SAHM) really sees me focus on the "what ifs" when either of the two things above happen (and of course, we know I'm sick often enough [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2002 - 1:56pm
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Stress levels, mine seem to always be HIGH, with 2 teenagers, a 10 yr old wild child and then Cameron's PA!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] My stress level re: PA to name a few recents:
--Going to my brothers house (he lives a few hrs from us and has no kids) he takes Cam's allergy very seriously, but doesn't live it, so he doesn't get the FULL concept, he took all the kids one night while we were there, to the Fun Station, to give me and my DH some time alone (an extreme rarity) and so he could spend quality time w/his nephews and niece...I normally would not let Cameron go, but did, they were gone a little over 2 hrs, I was a nervous wreck (it's the 1st time Cameron has been w/o me at a place like that (uncontrolled enviroment), needless to say, the time alone w/DH was useless, and Fun Station was closed, so they just rode around and walked on the beach....A blessing maybe in disguise!!
--Football games, we have to attend, my daughter is on the flag/dance team, and this is her first yr. DH will stay home most of the time w/him, but we've gone the last two Fridays, this past Friday night, some kids in the band/flag section (we were sitting in a whole other section), were throwing pnuts, when my daughter saw this she got enraged (and believe me that's an ugly sight) and told them that some people have allergic reactions to that stuff and what they think as harmless could kill someone, namely her brother, and if they didn't knock off the pnut throwing she was going to throw them down the bleachers...Now, I'm nervous about him going, although he loves to watch his sister w/her "bootiful shiny clothes", I think if he has to go (DH works 2 hrs. away, and sometimes can't get here before I leave) we'll be sitting on the top row, where they can't throw pnuts from behind us anyway...We did have to move Friday night due to someone eating pnuts next to us, the whole thing is HIGH STRESS LEVELS, but don't have anyone to watch him, and I have to and want to go to these for my daughter's sake.
---and naturally eating out at ANY rest. whether we've ate there a million times or not, including BK, MCDonalds and Wendys, you just never know what someone has been eating that is handling your food, and that's what scares me more than anything, I'm constantly staring and "watching for anything unusual" Cam asked me one day, why are you staring at me mommy? Kinda sad
These certainly aren't my only stress levels there are so many, these are just the most current and at this point most upfront on my mind

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 2:23pm
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Simply re-raising. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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