Is your spouse as diligent when it comes to PA?

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 2:50am
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

Which one of you is more on the ball about this allergy? In my house, it's definitely me. I contact all the doctors, schools, parents etc.. I remember to ask at restaurants and to bring the epi pens everywhere we go. Sometimes I feel like it's all my responsibility.

On Friday Dh took the girls out for pizza. I made sure he had a bag with at least 3 epi pens and a full bottle of benadryl. Would you believe he came home without the bag? He has no clue what happened it it. Actually had the audacity to blame my 6 yr old b/c he gave it to her! Not only does he not know what happened to their life saving medication but he doesn't appear to care. He's never looked for it.. retraced their steps.. called the restaurant. UGH! I am so angry with him. I, of course, made all the necessary phone calls but still came up empty. I just called our peds for a new RX for the pens.

I was curious if anyone else was in a similar boat. It's hard sometimes being the only one responsible for the lives of 2 kids!

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 3:49am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

I must say that around me, everyone is pretty good, in general. I'm the most diligent, but I can't diss what my husband does. well, most of the time.
He will sometimes take DS to the park without any medication, since they have no intention of eating anything at the park. I had to point out peanut shells, and a half empty reese's on the ground to convince him that even if you don't intend to eat, there may still be peanuts around. But when he buys stuff, it's generally fine. Once in a while he makes a mistake, but so do I. However he never got the hang of soy allergy. Thankfully the soy allergy's been cleared by the doctor [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 4:10am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I don't know that I would call it "not as diligent," but there are areas where our comfort zones are different.
For instance, if I weren't there to object, he would drop Tucker off at sunday school, which has rotating parents as the teachers, without explaining the Epi-Pen.
I of course am horrified by some of the things he would do that I wouldn't, while it is no big deal to him. Fortunately for my sanity, I'm there to intervene and overrule him. I have to admit that there are times that I wonder if I were to depart this world and he were in charge, if our son would be "as safe."
In the end, however, I know that my husband loves our son, is a good caregiver, and that he would do everything to keep him safe (in his opinion). So I chalk it up to differences in comfort zones, and go on with my day. It's not worth going crazy over "what-if's" and it's not worth causing such a conflict in my marriage over something that may never happen.
I don't know if you can relate to this or parts of this, but maybe it can help a little.

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 4:17am
Tamie's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00 dh and dd are both pa and tna, but believe it or not, it's me that is the most diligent! Just this a.m. I found a milky way wrapper in my dh's pants pockets. He said he always has eaten them. he doesn't even keep his epi-pen with him in the winter and certainly wouldn't ever wear an epi-belt or anything of the sort. It's so frustrating, his comfort level is definately way better than mine.

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 7:33am
Lidia's picture
Joined: 04/25/1999 - 09:00

My husband is very good about the allergy, but I always remind him to take the epi-pack. He has forgotten it in the car on freezing days. I am the one who takes care of checking all the food and places my son nears. I have researched everything and put together a school plan.. Even though he doesn't "do" much he supports my efforts tremendously and tells me often how much he appreciates that he doesn't have to worry about "it" when I am around. He goes with me to meet with my the school administrators. He tries to educate people whenever he can, but,for some reason, the motherly instinct perhaps, we don't forget when it comes to the peanut allergy and the men do. It is foremost on our minds. Our husbands just don't have that instinct. Just be thankful you do and work with your husbands strengths.
Then again, everything I said does not apply to the creator of this site-- Chris!!

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 8:37am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

My hubby and I are about on the same level as far as diligents is concerned. We are very careful, but we are both very relaxed/ laid back people, so to others looking on we may not SEEM diligent at all, but inside we are ALWAYS on guard. We handle a lot of situations without anyone knowing there is anything wrong. We are a really good team. [img][/img]
Take Care,

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 9:51am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

My husband is not very diligent at all about my son's allergies. He has never witnessed a reaction and really has no idea what one looks like or how utterly horrifying it is. I think he just figures that I will take care of everything. He used to not even believe that our son was allergic to peanuts! He had his first reaction at nine months to peanut butter ice cream and for the longest time he would tell people that he thought ds's face got hives "because the ice cream was so cold!" Even the trip to the ER didn't change his mind. He was in denial until our first allergist appointment when our son tested positive for not only peanuts but also tree nuts. My husband has never been on this board even though I have told him about it a zillion times! He too would leave the house without the epis if I didn't remind him. Although to his credit, I have heard him explain the allergy to strangers quite well. I guess he really does listen to me he just doesn't take a large share of the responsibility.

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 9:53am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I find everything out, I come here, I talk to the school, and I tell dh everything he needs to know. Therefore he automatically comes away knowing less, as I am sure I do not tell him everything I read here. He is very careful, but would never ask someone to put away nuts or such. He might not wipe a table in a restaurant if I were not there. Those things. He does carry the epipen everywhere and is better about its care porbably moreso than me, who froze the darned things twice already this year! I just spoke to him about looking for info on his own. My rationale is that he needs to really read and see some of the reactions and stories to have it all sink in better, and he might very well catch or remember something I forget or missed. He said he will do that, but we shall see. becca

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 9:54am
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

My very dear dh usually will just follow my lead. I'm the one reading labels, calling manufacturers, asking at restaurants, educating the family and school, and I do sometimes have to remind him to remember the Epi, but he, too, is very appreciative of all that I do, so that he does not need to. He knows that I need to do all this for my own peace of mind, so he just lets me go at it.
Be safe,

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 12:20pm
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Similar to some of the other posters, I am the one who checks this website, reads up on the allergy, calls the school, calls ahead for birthday parties, makes sure the perscription is up to date, etc. I then relay all of what I can to DH. Like Becca said of her spouse, he probably has less knowledge because I don't rattle off everything to him. But he is pretty good about following my lead.
I would like to add that this site has been a really valuable source of information!

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 2:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I'd say I'm 100% "with it" and my DH would be 99.9% "with it". Of course, it always wasn't this way. We almost lost our son due to my DH's denial of the severity of Jesse's PA. It took him almost dying for my DH to "get it" and then probably another year or so before he "got it" as completely as I did.
I have found, as we have made this journey, that he has now become a diligent label reader and as passionate about our son's rights in the school system as I am (sometimes even more). It has been very interesting.
I give myself the little bit extra because it's basically me that gathers all of the information re PA and passes it on to him (if there is anything new to talk about) and me that deals with the school, etc.
Somehow in there I can just hear him saying that it's *my job* to deal with all of the health concerns anyway, which, after just reading all of the posts above, would seem to be the case of most all of us Moms.
My DH has certainly NEVER called a manufacturer nor does he inherently know which manufacturer is okay and which isn't just off the top of his head.
But when it comes to whether I can trust Jesse with him, yes, I definitely can.
And yes, it is tiresome being responsible for everything yourself (hugs to all of us [img][/img] )
Best wishes! [img][/img]
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