Thursday, March 11, 2010

Peanuts vs.Tree Nuts

Being back to reality isn't so bad after all. The boy is doing just fine without me, and our day off together yesterday was fantastic. I am looking forward to another fun day with him tomorrow. My office mate seems really nice. Luckily for me, she doesn't like peanut butter but ... she does like almonds and asked if it would be o.k if she snacked on them in the office when I am not there (don't start hating her yet for asking this question!).

This beings me to the ultimate Peanuts vs. Tree Nuts dilemma. I am allergic to peanuts only, but I stay away from tree nuts in the same way I do with peanuts. I know this doesn't make sense to many people but to me this is what I am comfortable with. So when she asked me if she can snack on almonds when I am not there I initially didn't know what to say. After thinking about it for a few seconds, I said yes. If someone asked me not to eat Watermelon near them because they were allergic to Honeydew I would probably wonder if they are for real! Since I do go about my life as though I am allergic to tree nuts even though I'm not, I almost feel like I should have told her no for the almonds, but I just couldn't justify a reason.

I'm addressing this topic because I am curious what non allergic readers would you do if their office mate had an allergy to their favorite food (ex. office mate allergic to fish and your favorite lunch meal is sushi take out?).



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