Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sooner or Later...

Yes sooner or later I knew this would happen. I knew that I would get a comment from someone about the food allergy precautions that have to be taken for Noah that would make me want to either
a)cry
b)punch them in the mouth
c)both a and b

And so it happened and the answer is c. I was minding my own business in the Family Dollar of all places and I turn the corner with my little basket and get in line to pay for my stuff when I cannot help but overhear two women having a loud conversation just a couple of feet away from me as they bewail and complain the inconvenience of not being able to send chocolate and nut candy to school for the upcoming Easter festivities. The are really giving it down the road and one of them said, "People just go crazy over the peanut thing, people are crazy, it's just ridiculous." REALLY!?!

I'm sorry lady that it inconveniences you to have to make such events at school non-life threatening for my six year old who is just beginning to understand that 98% of the goodies and treats stocking the Easter candy aisle he will not be able to enjoy.

I seriously thought for a few minutes about getting out of the checkout line and marching over to them and informing them that I was the CRAZY woman who apparently made their life so hard and that they were welcome to accompany me next time I had to inject my son with epinephrine shots and then accompany us to the emergency room while he panicked and cried and was very very very sick. But I didn't. I'm sure the look on my face gave away my emotions and I knew if I tried to say anything at all I would just tear up and cry so I held my tongue. I also know that they had no idea that anyone was around whom this might offend and I know that they were speaking out of ignorance. So I let it go...I guess.

Instead I"m choosing to focus on all of the wonderful, fantastic, loving, people that the Good Lord has chosen to bring into my life that are 100% supportive and protective of Noah and his needs.
His teacher (Ms. Lesley) and his principal (Mr. Tyree) have been saving graces in my book and have went above and beyond the call of duty to keep him safe and to keep him included in everything a normal Kindergartner gets to do. My friends who have never once failed to make birthday parties safe and fun and he's never ever told me he felt left out at all!!!

So I know this post has been a downer but I've had that sort of day, and sometimes I just need to vent!

7 comments:

Lesley said...

Ggrrr.....
I'm sorry this happened! You are right, people just don't know. You did the right thing but I promise I would have been right there to get you out of jail had need be.

BTW, glad I've been able to help you feel relaxed! Noah's just another kid and certainly deserves to be treated just like everyone else! (I mean that in a good way - not like he's not special, you know what I mean, right?) : )

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The Butlers said...

So sorry you had to hear all of that. If you need to vent some more you know you can always give me a call!

Missy said...

Jessica, I am right there with you! I myself have a peanut allergy! We were at Longhorn on Valentine's Day and I ended up getting something with a nut in it and I was unable to breathe well for almost an hour and a half. My allergy isn't as severe as Noah's but it can be pretty scary when it happens. I'm so sorry you had to hear those women talking about it, and if I'd have heard it I would have said something to them on behalf of everyone with a peanut allergy! My way of thinking, I'd rather be safe than sorry! Hope everyone at your house gets to feeling better! Love ya'll!

The Doyle Family said...

Oh, Jess! I don't know how you held your tongue, but you certainly should get to vent to your blogging buddies about this crazy incident. You are exactly right. Those women were just ignorant and had no idea what they were talking about. Kudos to you for not punching them in the nose! I know what it is like to go into "Mama mode" and it had to have taken everything you had not to give them a piece of your mind and defend your precious boy. Love you!

Heather said...

I must say that you are a very good woman to have held your tongue because I don't know if I could've. But your right...you have so many friends to help you and keep your babies safe!

Julie said...

People just don't get it!!!!