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Posted by: spacecanada
« on: January 11, 2019, 04:11:43 PM »

Why does it seem like I'm always the one pointing out cross contact concerns and labelling misinterpretations in my local allergy groups?  Am I just over-cautious and worry about everything, or do people just not want to know?  I've been scolded a few times for being too dramatic when citing 'nut-free' on a label doesn't mean it's made in a nut-free facility or on nut-free lines, and to always double check with the manufacturer.  Or, when that non-dairy frozen dessert is being served in the same machine as one that is milk-based, cc is a huge concern - you can see it very blatantly happening.  Or, when a restaurant says an item is 100% nut-free but they use plenty of nuts in their kitchen - I'd want to question how it was made and handled to ensure it really was nut-free... but others trust the claim, assuring me that the restaurant would know to take precautions to make that claim... but do they, really?  I never tell people they are wrong, just point out things to consider - like was that item made in a shared blender with nutty salad dressing? 

I realise comfort levels and risk tolerances vary, and I often mention that, and to consult their allergist for advice, but it's like some people get snarky with me for being too cautious.  But am I being too cautious?  Maybe I've had too many bad experiences to traces, so-called cleaning protocols, and mix ups over the years.  Maybe it's my PTSD from anaphylaxis to one of those 'supposed to be 100% safe' items.  I don't know.  I am tired from educating people today.  Time for a break.

I guess I'm just venting here today.  Educating people about allergies, even those with allergies, is hard.  :banghead:
Posted by: SilverLining
« on: December 19, 2018, 07:02:35 AM »

I sent the link to her. I wanted to post her poem on their page, but decided that was her decision, not mine,
Posted by: Macabre
« on: December 19, 2018, 01:02:17 AM »

Yeah, Santa shouldn’t eat cookies unless they’re prepackaged and he trusts the manufacturer.

Reminds me of Penny’s poem and painting.
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:16:56 AM »

I have tried four times to watch it but cannot get past the first bite of cookie and Santa's realisation what was in it.  But, Santa shouldn't have eaten anything without an ingredient list if he has food allergies.  Lessons!

I'm not sure whether or not to share this on my work Facebook page or not, reminding everyone to be safe at Christmas.  But, I don't want it triggering anyone else either...
Posted by: GoingNuts
« on: December 18, 2018, 05:59:20 AM »

OK, I'll admit it.  I cried.  :hiding:
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: December 17, 2018, 08:52:45 PM »

I couldn't make it past 25-30 seconds without freaking out due to PTSD, but this video has plenty of praise from the local allergy community.

Our local paramedics save Christmas (and Santa). 
Posted by: PurpleCat
« on: November 16, 2018, 04:43:01 PM »

Posted by: SilverLining
« on: November 16, 2018, 07:34:59 AM »

Posted by: GoingNuts
« on: November 15, 2018, 09:30:08 PM »

Allergy mom life: My almost 25 year old just flew to CA for a Moot Court competition. I’m totally stressed about him being away this weekend due to food. 

He just texted to let me know he landed, and I asked him how the flight was. He said, “Easy. No turbulence or peanuts”.  ;D
Posted by: GoingNuts
« on: November 11, 2018, 06:15:37 PM »

I can definitely vouch for that last part, SC.  :yes:

It really stinks when FA’s get in the way of what you want to do.  :tongue:
Posted by: spacecanada
« on: November 11, 2018, 06:09:04 PM »

I declined an invitation to go on an Ironman training trip with some friends because I don't want to hold them back athletically (they're super, super fast*), but more so because I don't want to have to eat alone and/or make anyone feel bad that I can only eat at one restaurant that isn't even close by, or my parents' house -- even farther away.  They're all talking about the fun places to eat and I would rather stay home than be the annoying sidekick with food allergies.   :'(

* I've been reassured that they will wait for me if/when I fall behind.  That's not even the real issue, but the main reason I was trying to use to politely decline the invitation.

My parents offered to come get me at meal times and/or bring me food each day.  I guess an allergy parent's desire to keep their child safely and sufficiently fed is never done, even when we're adults. 
Posted by: GoingNuts
« on: November 03, 2018, 07:15:59 PM »

Tonight after dinner we stopped in at a Greek bakery so DH could pick up a little treat for himself. He asked the young man behind the counter to describe several items, and he kept saying “this one has nuts”, or “this one doesn’t have nuts”.   When DH made his selection, the guy behind the counter again cautioned him about nuts. He then “educated” us about nit allergies.

Of course, someone with nut allergies shouldn’t be eating anything there, but it was nice that they try.  I just hope they don’t create a false sense of security.
Posted by: becca
« on: October 30, 2018, 06:42:40 PM »

Well, that’s good that she gets it.
Posted by: MaryM
« on: October 30, 2018, 06:14:36 PM »

I let the other mom know what happened as well and told her I was very proud of her son's reaction.  She told me she has a cousin with food allergies that are airborne so she really gets it. 
Posted by: becca
« on: October 30, 2018, 05:26:13 PM »

That was totally unacceptable, Mary! You did the right thing, and glad you got right in touch with mom.