I met with Katherine's principal yesterday about something unrelated to allergies, but Principal brought up food allergies, and we all know I am physically incapable of avoiding a food allergy conversation. Even when it might be appropriate.
Neighbor: "This sure is a heavy snow."
Nowheymama: "Yeah. I remember the last time it snowed like this, I was reading a new research study on food allergies, and it said...."
Neighbor: *runs away*
So for the record, Principal brought up allergies first, in the context of what a good and safe year Katherine has had.
Nowheymama: "Yes, Teacher has done an excellent job. Also, Katherine enjoyed being in a classroom with another allergic child. It was really nice for her to have that support."
Principal: "Yes. Well, next year we're going to have to be REALLY serious about food allergies because there are two Kindergarteners moving up who are REALLY allergic to peanuts."
Nowheymama:*Remembering Principal is retiring in August* "Yes, I've heard that."
Principal: "Yes. This building is going to be peanut free. We're going to have to be REALLY vigilant next year about peanuts. And other allergies."
Nowheymama: *Bradley breathing* "That's just great."
Principal: "Yes because one of these children is REALLY allergic. Like, it's a real life-threatening allergy."
Nowheymama: *head explodes* "Well, all food allergies can be life threatening. You never know which reaction is going to be the one that is severe. Look at Katherine's friend N. Her peanut allergy was considered to be "mild" until she had that reaction AT SCHOOL last year."
Principal: "Yes, but this child's allergy is REALLY serious."
I don't mean to get all Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and I certainly am not trying to get into a "my child's allergy is more severe than yours" discussion. It's inappropriate, and it doesn't matter. The school system should treat all food allergies as if they equally severe. It's just safer that way. Besides, you never know which reaction is going to be the anaphylactic one, so it's best just to avoid reactions altogether.
BUT on the bright side, they will be doing more to handle allergies next year, they are having an in-service day about allergies, and I think we're going to have Katherine's allergy action plan meeting in July! instead of the last week of August.
Small steps forward, right? RIGHT?