Friday, September 14, 2012

Peanut Allergies

I'm a big believer in Karma. When my oldest Morgan was in the first grade and the triplets were less than a year old, we learned on her first day of school that she shared the classroom with a girl who was allergic to peanuts. I'll be honest, my first thoughts were of how much of a pain in the ass it was going to be. We were presented with a list of snacks that we weren't allowed to send in with our children, and that included no cupcakes for birthdays!

"How unfair?!" I thought. "My kid has to miss out on bringing cupcakes to school because this girl can't have any?!"

Of course Karma kicked in. I was only a few months later that we discovered that Hannah was allergic to eggs, and that Josh was allergic to peanuts.

My story changed rather quickly after that. LOL

Now I'm that mom who stands up at Back To School Night and mentions it whether I know if the teacher is aware or not. I want to make sure that everyone knows. I don't want to just leave it up to the teachers to make sure my kids are safe. I can't give up that much control!

I've had people who accidentally gave my kids their allergen say "Oh well they only had a little." The amount ingested doesn't matter! If they had no reaction this time, Good! Great! next time could be a different story. Every time they ingest the allergen could be the one that puts them into anaphylaxis!

So I read this article today. I'll link it so you can read it too.

Basically schools are starting to ban peanut products because there has been such a rise in peanut allergies and it's really pissing some people off. I've been there, I know it's annoying, but why are people getting so pissed off?!

Someone made the point that there are autistic children who refuse to eat anything BUT peanut butter for every meal. I can understand that. It's got to be frustrating, but your autistic child missing out on that peanut butter sandwich at that one meal per day isn't going to KILL him.

For some peanut allergic children, just being around a peanut butter sandwich can kill him! KILL him.

I would much rather your child miss that one meal than my child die. If it's the difference between your kid eating a late lunch after school and the other parent planning a funeral, then you're just being fucking selfish. That's all there is to it.

What are your thoughts? Comment my readers. Tell me how you feel.

The article!

Thanks for reading!


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