After reading an article in Time, I’d love to share it. The article, A Nut Allergy Skeptic Learns the Hard Way, is written by Joel Stein, who admits he writes “obnoxiously self-righteous proclamations.” This piece is about the epidemic of nut allergies and his personal experience and beliefs. He was a non believer, saying it was a way for parents to feel special. Then, lo and behold, his child turns up with a nut allergy.
He writes with great humor, and though the piece is on a serious topic, it shows we need to lighten up sometimes. That is not to say that we shouldn’t be vigilant and cautious over what we or our allergic children are around, but it shows that a little humor makes everything a bit more palatable.
How can you not smile at this account of his first visit to the hospital with his son after he ingested nuts (because you know everything turned out alright):
After some Benadryl, instruction on using an EpiPen and shock at the fact that the Childrens Hospital contains a McDonald’s, we went home. Sitting up at 3 in the morning, I found myself totally believing in the nut-allergy epidemic. I was ready to ban nuts from schools, parks and all the blue states, since I was unlikely to go to any of the other ones. I started to think that Jenny McCarthy was right about all kinds of things, even acting choices. Also, oddly, I really wanted some nuts.
He gives some background to the theories of why allergies are skyrocketing these days: we keep our kids to clean and their bodies have nothing else to fight, so he says, “I’m pretty sure Dr. Kachru was saying that, at some point in Laszlo’s infancy, I should have pooped on him.” He also comments that they won’t ban nuts from their home or send their son to a nut free school.
With humor or not, we know that those of us will take care of our children. We will write those notes and send in those safe snacks, fill our forms and get the Epipens to wear they need to go. We’ll inspect what they eat and what those around them eat, and do our best to keep them safe and healthy. But won’t if be so much better if we can do it all with a smile?