Thoughts on Allergy News

January 16, 2007 at 8:51 pm (Allergy News!, Australia, Blog & Websites, kids, medical, shots, social issues)

Hey, gang.  In case you’ve wondered why it has been a month+ since the last show…I have a lot of material in mind, and a lot going on that I want to include in the show.  Some of it is good, some of it is bad, to be honest.  Not bad, as in “gripe, complain, grouse, boo, hiss,” just bad in terms of…”how should I best address this on the show?”

One of my priorities for this show is to provide a forum for parents–allergy parents–who serve as advocates for their allergic children.  I’m in a challenging situation right now, waiting to see what the outcome will be.  I will be honest: I have lost my temper in this situation once already.

I’ll fill you in when I know how things are going to turn out.  Hopefully God will grant me the grace to have my interaction in this scenario serve as a blessing to others.  That is my prayer.

In other Allergy News news, Aaron Dwyer has volunteered to co-host with me soon, and I have discussed  some ideas with a local allergy businessman re: the direction of the show…there are a lot of things coming up in the future for Allergy News.  Stay tuned.

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Disturbing new story

December 19, 2006 at 3:43 pm (Allergy News!, Australia, Contributors to the Podcast, education, kids, school, social issues, Websites)

courtesy Karen Blue:

Children already coping with life-threatening allergies face a new threat in the school playground – being bullied with foods that are potentially deadly.

Click here for the rest of the story.

I heard a story on This American Life about an American family that broke up over playground teasing and bullying, paired with harassment from a teacher.  Dad ended up moving out. The stress was too much.  They were Islamic and this was post-9/11.

Sometimes it is difficult to process how much pain and suffering human beings are capable of causing one another.  Why does one difference, or weakness, or human frailty elicit such base responses in others?

I do not get it.

I mean, I wasn’t brought up in the best home–even I don’t GET this.

It is not okay to play “kill the beast” on the playground.

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