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  • It's interesting how people react to the food problems of others. When my grandfather was diagnosed with diabetes, my grandmother was amazed at how people absolutely did not understand. They were offended he wouldn't eat a pie they had made, for example. Or they'd say, "Well just try a little bit." Not a good idea for diabetes, and an even worse idea for people with peanut allergies (where a small quantity can land you in the hospital or worse).

    On the other hand, some people can't comprehend that not all allergies are life-threatening. I have a minor milk allergy which contributes to my asthma. Nowadays, I ignore the allergy because the effects are so minor, but as a child, I was pretty restrained on what I could eat. Ice cream at someone's birthday party was a real treat. Of course, mentioning that invariably brought urgent questions from the birthday boy/girl or his/her parents to the effect of, "You're allergic to milk? Are you going to be all right? Are you going to start throwing up or something?" They never could comprehend that all it did was make me cough, and not much, at that. (Of course, I never learned to stop mentioning it until I was past the age for such parties. Oh, well.)

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