Friday, August 27, 2010

It's a Miracle!

This past week has been nothing of what I expected it to be. This past weekend, I was a bundle of nerves.... frightened to send my newly severely peanut allergic child to a public school. Although the school has a strict "no peanut" policy, I was concerned about what types of snacks the parents would send and the possibility of cross contamination. Unfortunately, not all snacks that have the potential of containing peanuts come properly labeled.

But, to be honest, the most stressful part of the week has been braving the crowd of mini vans and SUVs at drop-off/pick-up. (It's a miracle!)

We have a wonderful teacher who is very vigilant about food allergies. She requested a list of processed foods that our little guy tolerates well, printed the list out and gave it to the other parents as an approved snack list. The nurse called me on Monday, shortly after I dropped him off (my heart DROPPED into my stomach) because he had a skin rash. I arrived to discover it was his normal eczema and that I spent so much time discussing the peanut allergy, I had completely forgotten to mention the eczema! I was able to see him participating in the classroom and the nurse said she had been in the classroom that morning and had gone through all of the community snacks that had been brought in by the parents and had personally removed any snack that was not appropriate.

Talk about being blessed! While I don't expect everyone to make adjustments to their normal routine because of my child, I am extremely grateful when they do. Especially when this means we can send him to school without the fear of him having a full blown anaphylactic reaction away from home. Although, this can still happen... (peanuts are sneaky little boogers that can literally pop up anywhere)... we're very grateful that the chances of it happening have been diminished greatly through acts of kindness by the staff and other parents.

It's a miracle I'm not glued to my phone and afraid to leave a five mile radius of the school every day. We are very blessed!

Next post will be about something else, promise!!! Thanks for sticking with me! :)



Avery's Mommy said...

What a great school! (It IS a miracle!)

He & Me + 3 said...

You are truly blessed Lou. What an awesome school you son attends. Very attentive. no one knows the fear or intensity of the allergy unless they have seen a child that has had an allergic reaction...very scary. So glad your son is safe.


God is faithful!! I pray that He will continue to protect you child in school. :-)

Sassy Granny ... said...

Yours is a very real, genuine parental concern. I'm truly amazed at the number of people that have peanut allergies; shellfish too. They are so-o-o-o dangerous!

I thank God for His peace-giving comforts. May the entire school year be free of even a moment's worry.


Runner Mom said...

You do have a trure concern...but it sounds like God has placed your sweet child with a great teacher! What a praise!!
Thanks for your prayers for Elaine! Keep them coming!!