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Posted on: Tue, 04/24/2007 - 2:17pm
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This same exact thought occurred to me recently. DH brought home a jar of PB (he takes it to work and eats it there and thoroughly washes up after he eats) and he asked me to put it somewhere. I was totally paranoid and sorta grabbed it barely by the edges and he laughed at me, but I said I had visions of some kid eating some other jar of PB or peanuts and getting residue all over it. He for the most part gets the allergy, but I just think I am a little goofy about this!

Posted on: Wed, 04/25/2007 - 12:37am
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I recently faced a dilema. I was traveling for business with a collegue. She has kids about the same age as mine and we chat about them, so she knows a bit about what I've gone through with PA.
Our flight was delayed an hour and a half - we were stuck on the tarmac. There was no food service - not even soda - because the flight was under an hour (59 min). What with baggage and rental car lines, we weren't on the road until 8:30, and still had an hour drive ahead of us. I had eaten at 5:00 at the airport, but she hadn't eaten since lunch.
As we put out of the airport, she pulls a giant bag of trail mix from her purse. Before she opens it, she checks to make sure that I'm not allergic - and I'm not - and starts munching.
And all I could think about was what if a PA person rented this car next? She's driving, so peanut residue is getting all over the steering wheel and other controls. I thought about saying something, and offering to stop for food, but we had an early morning appointment. She would have put it away if I said something, but would have been (probably justifiably) resentful, which would have strained our working relationship.
And they she would have eaten the trail mix in her hotel room anyway.
Of course, this must happen all the time, and I don't think about it, because then I'd go crazy. er.. .crazier.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 3:54am
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I do not have a life-threatning nut allergy, but I was researching at this board because I have had slight reactions to walnuts, pecans, and almonds. (I avoid them for the most part...) Just wanted to post about a good experience I had concerning eating peanuts in public.
Full disclosure: I love peanuts. Love 'em. Ever since I was a child, I have been in love with peanut butter. After I got diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 18, I loved them even more because they were LOW CARB! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I eat them quite often at home, although not in public (there *are* some of us who think about others even if doesn't personally affect us).
Two weeks ago I was shopping at my local Macy's in the dress section when I started to feel terrible. I was having a hypoglycemic reaction. For those of you who aren't familiar with diabetes, this means I must have something with carbohydate *pronto* or I'll be reduced to a seizing mess on the floor. The only thing I had with me at the time was a 6 pack of Lance pb crackers. I ripped those puppies open and started chomping away (probably grossing out some of the previous posters in this thread, if they had seen me...) Walking across the store to the exit to eat in a "designated eating area" or whatever would be out of the question, as moving around with a low blood sugar only makes things worse.
When I was on my 4th cracker, a lady approached me and kindly asked if I could eat the crackers elsewhere and/or later, as her daughter was allergic to nuts (and she could smell the peanut from a few dress racks over). I was mortified! I explained why I was eating the crackers and she was similarly mortified, so there we stood profusely apologizing to each other. I actually laughed at that point and thanked her for being so nice about it, and she said that she and her daughter would just go to another part of the store for a little while until I'd had a chance to finish up what I was doing and be on my way. I promised not to touch any of the merch after I was done!
FWIW, I won't be packing pb crackers in my purse again as an emergency snack. Just thought I'd share cos as a person with (yet another) immediately life threatening illness, I truly appreciated her consideration and understanding. Sometimes there will be a person eating because they *have to*, not cos they want to - but that doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a pb product. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] If it were me with a nut allergy, I'd approach the person as the lady I met did.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 4:28am
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I don't chew ice typically and would never drag the fork across my teeth...but I do roll my eyes a bit. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
BUT so far I twice said something to people eating peanuts in public. One was the cashier at Trader Joes who was scanning my order (IDIOT) and the other was a girl checking us into a 4 year old's birthday party. (DUH) I also contacted the "management" at both of these places once I got home.
At the zoo - (first week of diagnosis) I showed ds that children (seemmingly every child we saw that day) were running around eating pb sandwiches (no jelly?) and I took the opportunity to tell him that he had to be careful not to touch surfaces, etc. But I really wanted to approach those parents and scream at them.
Before PA everytime my mom visited us she would comment that we are all feeding our kids all the time. Snack, snack, snack. For me it was just a hold over from infantcy and toddlerhood....but lately we have been pulling back with the constant grazing. DS is thin as a rail. I used to be also..waaaaaaaa.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 6:28am
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En Publica.
I don't want to live in a world where people feel it's their job to nag others about activities of daily living. Make them feel like they are doing something wrong....Can you imagine? Polictical correctness on steroids.
If it's "wrong" to eat peanuts in public then it must be wrong to eat anything else in public. Aren't there enough rules already?

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2007 - 7:56am
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Hello and welcome, philote! Thanks for sharing your story. It made me smile. That's exactly the way things *should* be.
One thing in your post gave me pause, though:
[b]"I was researching at this board because I have had slight reactions to walnuts, pecans, and almonds. (I avoid them for the most part...)"[/b]
Many people on this board have experienced "slight" reactions to foods which suddenly evolved into "major" reactions. I hope that you have seen an allergist and talked about whether you need an epipen, just in case. Nut allergies can be unpredictable!

Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2007 - 2:24pm
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Not sure if this belongs here or elsewhere but I'll take a stab here and hope I don't offend anyone.
Sarahb said:
"At the zoo - (first week of diagnosis) I showed ds that children (seemmingly every child we saw that day) were running around eating pb sandwiches (no jelly?) and I took the opportunity to tell him that he had to be careful not to touch surfaces, etc. But I really wanted to approach those parents and scream at them. "
As a frequent Zoo goer I would love some suggestions for easily portable safe proteins. Meat just does not work well even in a cooler when we go open to close. But I'd hate to put someone at risk because my pocketbook won't cover two adults and 3 kids when I take my sister in law and her kids...She's unemployed so having her help with expenses is out. PB is easiest, but after spending so much time here over the last few months it's just not worth the risk.
Suggestions would be most welcome. ( or should I just start another thread?)

Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2007 - 3:43pm
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Stitcher are you the allergic one or your child?
There are threads here for safe snacks. Use the search function and you'll find lots of lists started by lots of us.
While my son was growing up it was my job to help him learn to keep safe and I never spent one minute thinking of what non allergic people could eat.
My energy was spent finding foods my son could safely eat and teaching him to be independent which he now is. So it's tough when people ask for suggestions. Thankfully there is that search function and like I said lots of lists already made.
Peggy

Posted on: Mon, 07/09/2007 - 1:36am
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Quote:Originally posted by Peg541:
[b]While my son was growing up it was my job to help him learn to keep safe and I never spent one minute thinking of what non allergic people could eat.
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I'm teaching mine not to crack their gum, munch on ice, clip their toenails, or [i]brush/comb their hair[/i] in public either. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Who are these women who need to redo their ponytail in line ahead of me? They have to drag that brush through the whole mop flipping it all over my groceries. What I wouldn't have given for a pair of hedge trimmers at that moment. Snip Snip.
[i]JUST KIDDING.[/i] (about the hedge trimmers, not the ponytail)
Anywhoooo. Your cave is your castle. Anything else.....[i]a gift[/i].

Posted on: Mon, 07/09/2007 - 3:04am
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Stitcher....it would make me happy if people didn't let thier kids run around with sandwiches in thier hands and pb all over their faces and hands. That's what I was seeing.....3 and 4 year olds with half sandwiches running around and bouncing off the walls. Literally. It was a new PA moms nightmare. But I knew that this is life and I needed to be able to deal with it and let him have a good time.
If you ate pb just eat at a table or on a blanket and wipe hands and faces before running to smudge all over the exhibits!
Another thought is that I just saw these new hot/cold bags at the grocery store. I bought one but haven't tested it yet. It claims to keep frozen food frozen for 3 hours! Since we bring food everywhere I just usually prepreeze what we can...ie watermelon, strawberries, juice box, waterbottles and then add them to my insulated lunch box which has also been kept in the freezer. In my climate this has worked well even on hot days.
But seriously simple mannors and hygene would go a long way with me. BUT I would not bring pb/nuts/peanuts into a closed room/playroom type exhibit. Eat outside. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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