Yes, I am afraid of nutty people, but for some reason I am way more afraid of peanuts and tree nuts. Case in point, yesterday we were at the library for storytime. Ainsley and Leighton were sitting in my lap on the floor. A mom sitting next to me with her two girls gave one of them a peanut butter cracker. The girl proceeded to get peanut-butter-cracker crumbs all over the area next to us. The crumbs were like a magnet to my eyes and I couldn't stop looking at them until I had picked all of them up and thrown them away. Am I the only mom like that? I would have done the same with cheese crackers, but frankly, I get a lot more scared when I see peanut butter/peanuts/tree nuts in the area (perhaps it's because Ainsley's never ingested peanuts or tree nuts - only had a horrible skin reaction to them - so I'm afraid of what would happen if she ingested even a tiny amount).
I have had similar incidents involving a peanut butter & jelly sandwich (a little girl was eating one at a meeting I was at with my kids and then, with peanut butter and jelly all over her face and hands, started playing My Little Ponies with Ainsley) and peanuts (at another storytime - a little girl was eating them out of a plastic snack bag and spilled some next to Ainsley). I try not to overreact, but with regard to the peanut butter sandwich incident, I wiped Ainsley's hands really well with a wet wipe as soon as I could (which prompted a mom next to me to say sort of condescendingly, "Yes, kids can't help but get lots of germs when they're playing with other children", and I then had to explain that I was actually wiping Ainsley down because she may have gotten peanut butter on her hands and it would really be sad if I had to interrupt the meeting to stick Ainsley with an Epi-Pen).
Am I the only one who gets "activated" once she sees peanuts or tree nuts in the room? I know it is probably very unhealthy to actually have a fear of certain foods, but I've never known anything otherwise as a mom. (For a cartoon making fun of parents like me, see here ... the cartoon is actually attached to this article, which, the first time I read it, made me so mad that I wrote a very long letter to the writer, with whom I went to law school.)
I do not mean to judge the moms that bring peanut/tree nut snacks for their children - I know that if Ainsley weren't allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, I would be feeding them to her too. Still, I hope that the fact that my friends know Ainsley and her allergies encourages them to not bring foods like that to meetings and other places where lots of children will be congregating, just in case there is another child who, like Ainsley, has a severe peanut/nut allergy.