“If my child can’t bring peanut butter to school, than yours shouldn’t be able to bring preventable diseases.”

IMG_7497Recently, on Facebook, I noticed a PHYSICIAN post the following, “If my child can’t bring peanut butter to school, then yours shouldn’t be able to bring preventable diseases.”

For anyone who agrees with that statement: let me take a minute and adjust my belt that I have to carry full of epipens and Benadryl for my child and object!

Let me write about how wrong this statement is, while I sit next to my sleeping child- who, in your opinion shouldn’t be allowed to attend the same school as yours:

Today 1 in 13 children are born with life threatening food allergies according to Food Allergy Research Education.  I have 3 children. 2 out of the 3 were born with life threatening allergies and for the past few years we have been indeed fighting for their lives because of the allergies.  Your children aren’t born with something like this? Great! You are lucky! Your life is easy then I take it.  You don’t have to constantly watch and make sure your child is breathing and not slipping away into an unnoticed coma.  I suppose, being that you are a Physician and you are encouraging vaccinations that you know all about anaphylactic shock, allergies, and every single ingredient in vaccinations huh?

Well, based on your statement, I feel that you indeed don’t know a thing about all of the above.

My children cannot get vaccinated because of their allergies. Many vaccinations contain egg, heavy metals, high histamines, and other substances mine are allergic to.   I see where you are coming from: peanut butter could kill my kid, and preventable diseases could kill yours.

You know what? Forget it.  Forget the energy it will take to fight your closed mindedness.  I will just face the reality of today’s life:

I will face the fact that no, schools are not going to ask other children to not bring in every food item that mine can die from.  I mean,  ask every student to not bring eggs, bananas, nuts, dairy,  garlic, kiwi, red meat?

I will face the fact that there are way too many students per teachers in public schools.  The ratio is too large to keep children safe.  The chance that the teacher will notice my son slipping into shock is like 1%.

I will face the fact that schools don’t recognize Anaphylaxis as a severe enough issue to hire an aide to keep an eye on my child’s health.

I will face the fact that sending my child to school would be literally sending him to a place that will make him instantly sick.

I will face the fact that homeschooling is the best option for my child- for it will keep him healthy and you know what, it will help him to keep an open mind- instead of teaching him to judge those different than him.

You were blessed with children you didn’t have to worry about the extremeness I face in keeping my children alive every day. Good for you. I am happy for you. I would at least hope that being that you are in the medical profession though that you would be working towards helping children like mine who struggle, instead of insulting these kinda of kids- for they struggle enough already as it is.  Use your profession for good and for helping and we would all be better off.

Can I just add that: If your child is vaccinated, why are you even worried about them catching a preventable disease?  I mean, if vaccinations are supposed to work, then your kid should be covered- there’s no need to ruin school for those who can’t have vaccinations.

 

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