15 Responses to “Divvies”

  1. Dana Marie Bell February 2, 2008 at 1:19 PM #

    Wow, cool! My nephew is deathly allergic to eggs (Epi-pen allergic if he so much as touches the stuff). We have to be so careful what’s in the house when he comes to visit. I’ll have to send my sister this site. :blue:

  2. Phyl February 2, 2008 at 1:45 PM #

    I hope you’ll excuse the long comment, but I hope it’ll make you feel better. I have a 21-year old nephew with the same set of allergies that your friend’s son has. Zac is a healthy (and handsome!) young man who navigates a treacherous food world with incredible panache and self-assurance. I asked him once if it bothered him to be unable to eat all of the stuff that others so obviously enjoy. And he told me that he’d rather feel good than get temporary enjoyment from something that might taste good, but make him sick later. He’ll probably go to a Super Bowl party tomorrow and there won’t be a single thing there he can eat. Knowing this, he’ll eat beforehand, or take something with him he can eat. It’s fun to go out to dinner with him. He gives his menu instructions politely, but clearly to the wait staff and does not hesitate to send it back if his instructions are not followed. What he can and does eat is very healthy–lots of protein, fruit, and fresh veggies.

    With a different set of pitfalls is my 11-year old son who has Type 1, or Juvenile Diabetes. The staff at his school and the other moms have been incredibly gracious to us and the other little boy in his class who also has the disease. Sugar-free snacks and diet sodas are provided along with other treats during school parties. On an overnight school camping trip, meal plans were provided to us parents so we could monitor insulin dosages ahead of time.

    For my nephew and my son it is what it is. Honestly, I think it bothers US more than it bothers them that they can’t have what the rest of us have. And frankly, they’re healthier than the rest of us. And admittedly it’s a pain to have to shop special, cook special, and haul special food around. But here are 2 kids going through life with grace and maturity missing in lots of adults I know. I wish the same for young Andy.

    Phyl’s last blog post..Virgin Slave, Barbarian King / Louise Allen. 2007

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried February 2, 2008 at 1:50 PM #

    I wish other allergies were taken as seriously as peanut allergies. I have horrible asthma problems from wood fires — it’s the same thing. I *could* die. I probably will wind up in the hospital, needing massive amounts of steroids just to breathe.

    But God forbid the Good Southern Baptists who lie about having a burn permit for their campfire take any of that into consideration.

    Susan Helene Gottfried’s last blog post..Booking Through Thursday: Quirks

  4. Lauren February 2, 2008 at 3:12 PM #

    I’m constantly amazed at how hateful people can be. In my middle son’s preschool there was a child who wasn’t just mildly allergic to peanuts but so severely allergic just the whiff of peanuts had sent her to the hospital. Like I’m going to complain that I can’t send cookies with nuts? Instead of being thankful my kids didn’t have to face that?

    Lauren’s last blog post..Words

  5. Mechele Armstrong February 3, 2008 at 9:08 AM #

    The way I look at it, my kid isn’t going to die from not having a peanut butter sandwich. Can’t say that about some with peanut butter allergies. It’s never bothered me when I can’t send in stuff, although with the oldest it is hard because that’s the only sandwich she’ll eat. We made do though when we couldn’t.

    I have a step niece who has PKU. She’s very limited on what she can eat because her body will not metabolize some proteins. She’s a spitfire, beautiful and smart with a sense of humor already at almost 3. My kids and their cousins have all gotten an education in not sharing food with her.

    But as her parents said, she’ll never eat some things so hopefully she’ll never know what she’s missing.

    Great blog. I may have to send the site around and see if the food is PKU friendly.

  6. Lisa's Chaos February 3, 2008 at 4:20 PM #

    :hips: Sorry hadn’t seen that one before and just had to click. I love the name of you blog and your design! Thanx for stopping by my blog. :hiney: Now maybe if I did all the wiggling that these thigns do I’d lose 20 lbs. :0)

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..diet buster

  7. Megan February 4, 2008 at 3:03 AM #

    I agree with your “***” comment: It’s ridiculous that some parents would balk at keeping a child safe. If it were their kid with the allergy? You can bet they’d be squawking about how selfish the other parents were. Sometimes people make me crazy.

    Megan’s last blog post..Talented Friends

  8. HelenK February 4, 2008 at 11:29 PM #

    I completely agree with your *** comment and with Phyl. My son and I both have celiac disease. He and I were dx’d at the same time. He doesn’t care about things he can’t eat and doesn’t feel deprived (he’s now 4). And I wish someone had told me when I was growing up that I had this. I would have had so much better time of it.

    Occasionally it bugs me that people comment on how “healthy” I eat and how they wish they could do the same. Yeah, they can and I have no choice (unless, of course, I’d like to be ill)

    So, thanks for your post. It won’t work for us, but that’s OK we have plenty of gluten free places on the web to get goodies.

  9. Angie February 5, 2008 at 10:38 AM #

    Helen, you might enjoy this blog:


    Their family is gluten-free and every day it’s a different crockpot recipe.

  10. HelenK February 5, 2008 at 11:03 AM #

    Thanks, Angie. The site looks cool. My DH actually does most of the cooking in the house, but I can crockpot. 🙂 I’m sure if I did some of those recipes, he’d be happy.

  11. Chris Redding February 5, 2008 at 5:04 PM #

    Ya know, I’ve been sending in non-peanut/ non nut snacks since my oldest was three. He’s now twelve. It is just habit.
    Neither of my kids have allergies, but the rule at all the schools they’ve been at is no nuts in anything.
    What’s the big deal?

  12. Grace February 6, 2008 at 7:13 PM #

    Oooh, thanks for the link and info.! A co-worker of mine has a daughter who’s allergic to wheat products, so she’ll be interested in this.

    My son is on a casein-free (no dairy) diet because milk products seem to worsen his autism. He’s been on soy products forever, but I’m always on the lookout for places that sell cool foods that kids will like and eat.

    Interestingly enough, I was talking to my BIL earlier today about a few butt-munch moms bitching and complaining about not being able to send up Nutter-Butters or PB&Js up to school. One of my daughter’s classmates has a severe peanut allergy–so severe she can’t even be in the same room with a peanut product. The school sent home a note asking us to avoid sending these items in lunches. That night I went out to Wal-mart and bought the soy butter that’s processed in a nut-free plant (another thing you have to look out for on the back label). No biggie. My kid loves the soy butter, even more so than the PB&J. Even if she didn’t she’s out of luck. She can have another type of sandwich. A PB&J isn’t worth another child’s life.

    Some people really need to get their priorities in order, get over their own self-absorption and show a little compassion.

  13. Minx Malone February 8, 2008 at 10:42 PM #

    My 3 year old son developed a sudden allergy to peanuts just last month. (I say sudden because he had peanut butter just 6 months ago and was fine.)

    I’m so excited to finally find allergy-sensitive sites! I have a range of digestive issues myself so I can’t eat most regular goodies, so I’m going to shop for me too! (Angie, thanks for the gluten free site btw. Most people have never even heard of this.)


    Minx Malone’s last blog post..Rent a…what?

  14. Tee February 29, 2008 at 9:43 PM #

    Hello! I just stumbled across your blog for the first time and landed on this post, and I must say: I’m impressed! I had NEVER heard of Divvies before but they definitely are worth a shot.

    I just started up a digestive disorder website actually (I found this site by searching on “gluten” in Google), and invite you to stop by and share your experiences and tips. The site is located at http://www.joyfuldigesting.com/ .

    Once I try Divvies, I might be posting about them, and of course I’ll give you credit for the introduction! Thanks a million, and best of luck to your friend’s son and your daughter with managing their allergies – I know it can be tough, and I know people can be insensitive and complain about their own very minor and inconsequential inconveniences.

    Take care! And consider yourself bookmarked!

    Tee’s last blog post..Watch the Gluten Intake, Celiacs!

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