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Posted by: GoingNuts
« on: September 20, 2018, 07:24:19 AM »

Quite true, SC. 
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: September 20, 2018, 12:18:35 AM »

A perk to food allergies: most non-allergen food recalls are often processed foods we would never be able to eat in the first place.
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: September 05, 2018, 10:32:57 AM »

Another encounter this morning: athletes love their tree nuts and peanuts. *sigh*  I left and went home early, skipping the big celebration full of nutty finger foods. I was ok with them having cake, but once someone brought out peanut butter treats I left immediately.
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: August 06, 2018, 03:32:31 PM »

Yikes, I experienced first-hand why I never take water at running race aid stations.  And a caution for others with allergies running at race events... don't take the water!

I volunteered at a local triathlon yesterday.  I was with a group of eight people handing out water and electrolyte beverages to racers on the run course.  That sounds all fine, I would guess nobody with allergies would take an electrolyte drink they haven't had before - sure.  But I was made very aware of a cross contact danger: the people filling and handing out water cups were munching on mixed TREE NUTS.  Lots and lots of nuts.  Everywhere.  I freaked out and wouldn't let one person unpack the cups from their packaging after I saw him eating a big bag of nuts, and he is a good running friend of mine and went and washed his hands without me asking, which was great. (I was in full hyperawareness panic/guarded mode at that point, and not overly polite...) Throughout the four hours we were there, six of the eight volunteers were all eating nuts or peanut butter sandwiches!!  It's a healthy portable snack for athletes, I get it, I don't expect the world to be allergen free, or even those around me.  And everyone volunteering at our aid station were multiple Ironman racers, except me.  At least the word got around and nobody eating nuts was near me (I asked for two metres, and they were very respectful of that.)  But all those cups were contaminated in some way with tree nuts, wheat, and/or peanuts at the very least.   

Just a warning for anyone who participates in sports events, and races in particular.  Those little water cups could be contaminated with allergens. 

That being said, on my last triathlon I wasn't planning to take water from aid stations and I had plenty of water at my transition stop, but I was having an exceptionally bad day and it was hotter than expected, so I risked it and took water - and was ok.  I'm considering myself lucky after that, considering yesterday's experience.   :hiding:
Posted by: PurpleCat
« on: July 09, 2018, 04:25:51 PM »

Posted by: SilverLining
« on: July 08, 2018, 11:12:26 AM »

We usually go to 3-6 games a year. The last time we had to move seats was at least 4 years ago. But that time there was an empty section near us so we just moved.

And last year as we were leaving a game I walked through a pile of shells and started reacting. Once I got away and had a drink of water it stopped. I only looked down after I started reacting, so I know it wasn’t just in my head. (For me, that is a legitimate it a real reaction or is it all in my head.)

It probably took about 3 innings before I stopped shaking though.


The first employee I spoke to, the one who should have stopped the guy throwing them in the first place, actually told me they do have peanut free sections and why didn’t I just buy them. I just looked at her and she took a step back, away from me. Pretty sure there were flames shooting out my eyes. I told her:

  • it limits what games I can attend
  • it is always more expensive
  • the seats always sell out quickly
  • peanuts isn’t the only allergy people deal with
  • nobody should be throwing food around anyway
Posted by: Macabre
« on: July 08, 2018, 10:42:23 AM »

Oh wow. That is stressful.

I find going to anything where people eat peanuts stressful—live athletic events, rodeos, etc.
Posted by: SilverLining
« on: July 08, 2018, 09:33:48 AM »

I made sure I told them about the person throwing peanuts. That is not allowed and the person working that section should have stopped it. I have only once seen anyone throwing food before and they were stopped immediately. They were given one warning and told if they did it again they would be escorted out.

I am not interested in the employee getting in trouble. I want them informed what was going on and retrained.
Posted by: GoingNuts
« on: July 08, 2018, 08:19:58 AM »

Wow, that's awful SL.  I have to say I rarely even see peanuts anymore at Citifield.  I think they've upped their food game there so much that there are far better choices, LOL. 
Posted by: SilverLining
« on: July 08, 2018, 07:21:16 AM »

We went to a Blue Jays game yesterday. Before the game even started some guy who seemed drunk started throwing peanuts at people. I tried to text guest services, since the person watching that area was ignoring it, but I was shaking so bad I texted the wrong number. Some random person got the text.  :hiding:

Of course being hit with peanuts resulted in a lot of people saying “I need peanuts” and suddenly they were all around me.  I left. We had really good seats too.

It was packed in there too. Lots of Yankee fans. So I couldn’t just go sit in different seats.

I went to the gate where people can upgrade tickets and explained my situation. They got me seats in a similar spot.

Fortunately, though there were a few people eating peanuts none were right close to me none were throwing them around.
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: July 02, 2018, 12:56:44 PM »

It's tonight.  I may jokingly recommend it, but in reality I will probably go home whilst everyone else eats out.  I am stressed beyond a healthy amount right now because of it.  These relatives don't eat quick service food; they dine at fancy restaurants every night.   The Keg is considered low end to them.  The two places they recommended have told me they cannot guarantee a safe meal and recommend I not dine there.  My allergies are just too limiting, I think.   Even at Disney I cannot eat anything from quick service locations - except one place in Pandora, I think.  (I still have to check ingredients.)

Oh, I am glad you are ok, SL!  I have done similarly absent minded behaviours too. 
Posted by: SilverLining
« on: July 02, 2018, 10:21:14 AM »

Space did you order the Chipotle?


I’m posting here because I’m an idiot. (But it explains why when I babysit I insist babies and toddlers stick to peanut/sesame free while in my care.)

When we went to meet dil at the hospital Saturday, she wanted milk and donuts. I brought milk from home and we stopped and picked up a small box of Timbits on the way. I handed her one and she wolfed it down. Handed her a second one and my fingers got sticky so I did the normal thing and licked the sugar off before grabbing a wet one. :misspeak:

“Sh*t, that was stupid.....oh well. At least I’m in the right place to have a reaction.” DIL actually laughed when I said that. (Not at me...just at the situation.) She suggested I take benedryl just in case. I opted not to. I figured I was better off having the reaction while I’m in the ER rather than masking it and getting it worse at home.

Anyway, no reaction. But what a stupid thing to do.
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: June 23, 2018, 09:24:05 PM »

Family members are in town.  They are insisting on taking us out for dinner, to which I refuse because every place we have called since moving hasn't been able to accommodate me, and the last place a I thought I could trust sent me to hospital.  And so, to propose an alternate, I actually called to ask about a float plane courier bringing over Chipotle for dinner.  Hahaha... Seriously! 

It actually isn't that expensive; if we don't do it now, we may do it for a special occasion some day.
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:13:22 PM »

When I find new safe foods, I binge on them for a week or two.  With the way my allergies and manufacturers change over time, those foods be not safe in the future.  Enjoy them now, while it lasts!

It might be time for a salad this weekend.  ;) 
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: June 22, 2018, 01:56:07 PM »

Oh my goodness, ridiculous!  I hear stuff like this far too often, making trying anything new just not worth it most of the time.

We use LB Maple whenever possible, too - they've been good with allergy labelling and service -- and their maple butter tastes like magic.  (PC and Western Family have been good to us with allergy information as well.)