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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 3:23 pm 

Joined: Sun Feb 03, 2013 3:01 am
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I went to a birthday party today at a good family friends house.This is really the firs non-family party I've been to since diagnosis. I brought my own food to avoid cross contamination. The hostess wasn't at all offended, but other party guests kept giving me looks. Am I in an etiquette wrong here? What do i do?

Anaphylactic to all seafood

Seasonal allergies and allergies to perfume

PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 11:43 pm 

Joined: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:05 am
Posts: 668
Location: AB, Canada
I always send food with my kids (& usually stay with them), some people are good about it, others give the looks.

Do what feels right to you. I sometimes allow some items from the host (veggie tray, chips, cheese...) but didn't use to.

You're absolutely not in the wrong. People can be so awkward handling allergies. If a diabetic brings a sugar free cake, or a person with celiac brings something gluten free no one cares (ditto a vegetarian bringing their own food to a BBQ), yet allergies tend to get the :roll: I just don't get it. :scratchy

DSs 12, 12, 14 all PA

PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 5:06 pm 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:17 pm
Posts: 6616
Location: Ottawa
It's rude for people to stare. You did nothing wrong.
If it really bothered you, you could say, "It looks pretty good, eh? I have dietary restrictions. Sorry I didn't bring enough to share but I'm happy to share the recipe."

I always make sure that dd's alternative food is equally enticing or better so that she doesn't feel bad...I never really thought of the other guests.

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 7:47 am 

Joined: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:00 am
Posts: 1119
Do whatever makes you safe. It will vary depending on the host.

Maybe the other guests were looking at your plate and wondering where you found something that looked tasty :happydance

me: allergic to crustaceans plus environmental
teenager: allergic to hazelnuts, some other foods and environmental

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