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 Post subject: so proud
PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:59 pm 

Joined: Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:58 pm
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Location: on my pc in cp
i just had to share this, because i'm so proud of my 2 and a half year old neice, she has trouble tollerating apples, it makes her get rashes, and recently any time you give her a new juice (not just family but even at restaurants) she says "No apples" and she waits for someone to tell her no, threre are no apples you can drink that before she takes a sip! it's so cute! but at the same time it's nice to see that you can help your kids learn at a very young age to not be shy, there's sometimes negative stories on here, and i just thought i should share this one, and i was wondering how many of the moms on here have their heart swell when their little ones starting to learn to tell people about what they can't eat!

allergies - penicillin, benadryl, dust mites, enviornmental & chemical
conditions - dermatographism, eczema, well contorolled asthma
dietary - lactose intollerant, vegatarian

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:00 am 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6549
Location: Ottawa
That is so sweet, thanks for sharing!

You're right that we often talk about negative experiences and our worries about what might appen.

I have had that heart swelling feeling on many occassions.

Daughter 3 telling Santa that she can't accept his candy cane because of her food allergies.

Standing in the front row of a parade and having candy handed to her over and over and she simply passing it to me as if we were a part of some bucket brigade.

She informing me this year that the reason her lunch box comes back as such a mess is because she can't quite close the containers and she isn't going to ask for help because her teacher or classmates are eating and that might contaminate the rest of her food.

But also...

When she was 3, her little friends got it and would wait patiently until I doled out their portion of the treat so as not to contaminate the larger container.

Those same friends telling their parents that they wanted to bring fruit rather than cookies (yes, they really were 3 years old) for snack time because they wanted to be able to share with our daughter.

My friends going out of their way to ensure that foods were prepared with no allergens or any possibility of cantamination including my friends mother 200 miles away purchasing a new cake pan!

My mother setting up a separate cupboard for our daughters allergen-free foods, cutting board and can opener. Cupboard now contains a separate toaster and pop corn air popper. Did I mention we only visit 2x a year?

I have always maintained that a benefit of food allergies is the opportunity to witness the care and concideration that others have for us. My friends may say they care but my daughters friends put those words into action each time they adapt to accomidate her needs.

I read horror stories in the news about 16 year olds who vdeotape themselves beating a friend to gain notoriety. Yet my world is full of people young and old who delay gratification, genuinely care for each other, who are forward thinking and problem solvers. They are determined to find a way to accomidate and celebrate each others uniqueness.

Our daughter has learned early on to surround herself with people who respect her, to teach the teachable and to walk away from those who aren't.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:32 am 
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Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:39 pm
Posts: 2971
Location: Toronto
Those are beautiful little stories.

There's nothing an allergic person - little or big - appreciates as much as unexpected kindness and accommodation.

Thanks for taking the time to write these.

Allergic to soy, peanut, shellfish, penicillin

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:25 pm 

Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:01 pm
Posts: 69
Location: Ontario, Canada
That's a great story and I agree that it is amazing to see how much they learn at a young age.

My husband inadvertantly put unsafe sauce on my son's chicken. My very sweet 2 1/2 year old said "Daddy, can't eat" because he knows Mommy never puts that sauce on his chicken, he always gets safe bbq sauce.

Jan, mom to 3 boys
DS#3 - eggs, cats, dust, eczema, avoiding nuts as a precaution
DS#2 - seasonal allergies
DS#1 - no allergies
Me & DH - seasonal allergies

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