February 19, 2008

Gratuitous Domestic Posting (TM) - "Weekend of 'Auuugh!'" Wrap-Up


Veeeeeery busy today, so only a brief summary of my four straight days dealing with the Llama-ettes single-handedly: I'm happy to report that there was no permanent structural damage and only limited bloodshed.

Indeed, the only real trouble I encountered was when I went to make the gels' lunches this morning. Absent-mindedly reverting to the diet of my own school days, I was just reaching for the sandwich-spread-of-death-formerly-known-as-peanut-butter when I was brought up short by the klaxon-like calls of the gels bursting out in alarum about kids at St. Marie of the Blessed Educational Method who were so sensitive to the stuff that apparently you couldn't even say "peanut butter" around them lest they burst out in life-threatening cases of hives and respiratory failure.

I confess that I was momentarily thrown. However, the discovery of stashes of yoghurts, apples and left-over mac-n-cheese soon settled the lunch diet issue.

So all I have left to do this evening is pick the gels up at their little friend's house on the way home, cart them off to Orgle Manor and summarily put them to bed (they having been fed at their friend's.) And then? Mommy comes home!

Yip! Yip! Yip!

Posted by Robert at February 19, 2008 03:06 PM | TrackBack

Years ago, when we were young, did you know of any friends to have dropped dead of peanut butter exposure? I know at my kid's school there are three kids with "deadly" peanut butter allergies. I'd never heard of this prior to my kids going to school.

How many of our friends mysteriously died after eating peanut butter? Did they die before they went to school and before they became our friends? I wonder...

Posted by: The Maximum Leader at February 19, 2008 04:16 PM

I have to think that it is some strange genetic marker, activated in our generation and passed onto our children, that comes from sitting too close to the television set.

Or perhaps DDT. I remember each summer the town truck would pass through our neighborhood (which was wooded) releasing the billowing clouds of DDT from the back.

We actually used to run though it. It was mixed with some other chemical that gave it a kind of sickly sweet, orchid smell.

Explains a lot, really.

I wonder about the allergy sensitivities, autism, and other odd miseries of today's youth. There does seem to be a lot of it. I have to think a lot of it is environmental in cause.

Or, alternatively, I wonder if our parents generation simply didn't leave a lot of our contemporaries exposed on the hillsides as babies, then simply kept it all quiet in that strange discipline they learned during the War.

Posted by: The Abbot at February 19, 2008 04:24 PM

It is amazing how many kids today have the dread peanut allergy when no one we knew as kids did. We all ate peanut butter in copious amounts and live to tell about it.

Makes you wonder.

I blame Algore.

Posted by: jen at February 19, 2008 05:07 PM

It has become such an issue at the local YMCA where I work out that the ONLY acceptable food to bring in for your kids to eat while you excersise is Goldfish. Not even pretzel goldfish..just the regular cheese kind. I think someone even said some thing about the extra cheese flavor being off limits!!!What the ____??

Posted by: Mrs. LMC at February 19, 2008 06:51 PM

I was on a Jet Blue flight in December (maybe September, they all blur together) wherein they made an announcement that the snacks had been altered because there was someone with a severe peanut allergy on board. Apparently it was so bad we couldn't even eat things that had peanut oil in them.


Posted by: beth at February 19, 2008 08:44 PM

I actually think it is a mutation from all the vaccines kids get these days, and at the ridiculously early age of a few days old. I am only 43, went to large public schools, you did not see all these kids with these super sensitivities, as well as so many that have asthma.
Sorry, I just have a little "hippie" in me, not trying to be a flaming troll. PS: yes, I have children, yes, I have a real college education AND a career in medicine.

Posted by: cheri at February 19, 2008 11:14 PM

I was in a babysitting co-op for many years. One of the kids in the co-op had an extreme allergy to peanuts. His mother bought some "health bars" from Mother's Health Food Store. The kid ate one and died before his parents could boot him with the eppie shot... Right in front of the TV the kid dropped dead.

I don't know why this whole peanut allergy is happening. Yeah, I've eaten my weight in peanut butter as has everyone my age. The fact is that it is now deadly to some.

Posted by: Babs at February 19, 2008 11:19 PM

Cheri - You say vaccines? You might be on to something there. As far as asthma is concerned, I always chalked that up to air pollution as I raised my children in SoCal. EVERYONE seemed to have an inhaler...
Actually, a pathetic little story; when the boys were in public elementary school we used to have a jog-a-thon (can't remember what the money was raised for). Anyhoo, the jog-a-thon needed to be scheduled during a "clean air" day. Adults would stand by with various children's inhalers... Kind of like giving water to marathon runners the kids would huff their inhalers before going another lap.

Posted by: Babs at February 19, 2008 11:29 PM

One wonders if peanuts are being processed differently now than they were in our youth and if perhaps the allergy is not directly to the peanut oil but to some endemic parasite that a good dose of some illegal pesticide or chemical additive used to eradicate.

Posted by: AKL at February 20, 2008 02:04 PM

I grew up in a small town in Virginia where peanuts were processed. Peanuts grew all around. There was peanut dust all over, and on certain days when the factory roasted, the whole town smelled like roasted peanuts. No allergies there! Maybe the weak died young? Or early exposure kept them well? And, Abbot, we too ran behind the DDT truck and played in the mist. Lived to tell about it, too.

Posted by: Pnutqueen at February 25, 2008 04:53 PM