In theory, this is still a food blog, so here's a sweet little lunch to tide you over: a sliced turkey and Tofutti "cream cheese" wrap, pretzels, fruit salad of grapes, mandarin oranges and strawberries (with elephant food pick), and a heart cookie with apple juice and Happy Feet stickers on the side. Doesn't everyone need dancing penguins to share at lunch time?
Today I'm still reeling from a call from the school nurse. My son drank from a water fountain in the music room, though he knows he's not supposed to. ("But I was thirsty!") He had a contact reaction with hives on his hands, and even more worryingly, on his throat. Nothing terrifies me like a threat to my child's airway. The school handled it well, as always: a staff member spotted it right away, the nurse determined what happened, washed him off, called me up and gave him Benadryl. My husband then picked him up from school, since a dose of the pink liquid leaves him too sleepy and accident prone to return to class.
Sometimes I just hate this.
The really scary part is that I am one of the lucky ones. My son's school is supportive, caring, professional and has a full time nurse on staff. The other parents are considerate and concerned for my son's safety. His teacher is wonderful beyond words.
I don't know how parents manage to stay sane when the school and community don't believe that part of being a good parent and good person is looking out for other people's children. Yesterday I finally met a family in that situation, Tracey and Dave Bailey whose incredibly sweet six year old daughter has been the target of a brutal smear campaign, which has misrepresented her food allergy accommodations and attempted to drive her out of a public school.
The school in Edgewater, Florida, which has been picketed by parents, held an "Allergy Awareness Meeting" yesterday which some of the members of our support group attended in order to show support for the Bailey family. It was a remarkably quiet event, but I do have a post brewing about it, as promised.
In the meantime, here is a photo of an amazing peanut detection dog, who I was also privileged to meet yesterday. This is an animal who could serve as an example of the unconditional love and tireless dedication needed to keep a child safe. Maybe the protesters in Edgewater could learn a little something from her.