I didn't read this whole thread, and I realize it's from nearly 10 years ago, but I noticed some intolerance to kids with food allergies, and the suggestion that parents remove their child from a school if they have special dietary needs.
I think this is ridiculous. If a child has a special education need, the law protects them and forces schools to provide services. I fail to see any difference with kids experiencing peanut allergies.
My son is almost 2 years old, and we've been dealing with food allergies for almost a year now. He's allergic to (at varying degrees): Peanuts, dairy, eggs, hazelnuts, cashew, pistachio, soy, bananas, sunflower, almonds and brazil nuts. When he was a baby, he would get uber fussy and scream in pain when he'd breastfeed. We eventually got him onto formula, but that wasn't much better (dairy is in formula). We finally moved on to almond milk (he didn't like soy milk much), but his main symptoms never got better. Now he's on Hemp-milk. Chocolate Hemp-milk. Crazy. He had terrible eczema, and he's still only had a handful of solid poops in his life. It frustrating, and reading every label and familiarizing yourself with all the ingredients is stressful.
Luckily (knock on wood) we haven't had but one scary incident. We were at a tree lighting ceremony this past Christmas, and afterwards I noticed a blistery rash on his face (typical allergic reaction). I quickly gave him Benadryl and the rash subsided, and he fell asleep. About 6 hours later, he woke up in the middle of the night with labored breathing/wheezing. We ended up giving him the Epi-pen and a trip in the ambulance to the ER. It was a brutal experience.
We even found that there was SOYBEAN in his mattress of all places. Since we swapped out the mattress, he's been sleeping better at night. It's only been about 2 weeks though. Who would have thunk we had soybean in his mattress.
Rant over, I just wanted to share some of our experiences with food allergies, and to let people know they aren't a small deal. They can be deadly. There is a case every week, of some poor kid somewhere in the world who died from a food allergy. The whole attitude of it's "your problem" not "our problem" makes this thread tough for me to read. FA parents need help, as we can't control everything our kid is exposed to, no matter how hard we try. It's especially difficult with a young kid who isn't able to communicate/talk well yet. My boy is living a happy life right now, and hopefully the allergies subside as he gets older (they often do), but for now, this is a daily struggle.
Be nice to your FA kids and their parents. They are a stressed out breed. Imagine worrying about your child's life every minute of everyday, and you're not a "overprotective parent", you just want your kid to stay alive!
Edit to add: Ryker (our son) is our second child. Our first has NO food allergies. Same everything for both growing up.
So, anyone considering starting Harvin even tho his coach is saying he will have limited snaps this week? Great matchup and storyline against his old team...not to mention the fact that A. Brown came back last week and tore it up and I had the same dilemma...unfortunately I choose incorrectly and sat him!!!
good thread and good question. I can see it now, his first game back and no one plays him, nestled on all of our benches... Guy goes off for 10-134 and 2 tds........ That is the NFL in a nutshell... If you are desperate and want to make the what the hell sweepstakes you may want to roll the dice. in the league I have him in my wrs aren't great but they aren't bums by any means... I already had Kwright slotted and he went yesterday. In order to play Harvin I would have to bench Douglass or Riley cooper. Both guys get a lot of targets and could go off on anyweek and Douglass has been great in My Julios absence. It's tough but I think I will let him ride the bench this week and roll him out week 12.
Hate to be that guy, but this is a terrible strategy.