Twice this week I have to leave a restaurant for the sake of my safety and tonight I was not only having trouble breathing but also crying. The distress of not being able to enjoy a meal like a normal person got to me.
When I went into the place tonight, I said to the waitress that if someone near me had shrimp I would have to vacate quickly and she could meet me at the door with my bill and my food. With a fancy drink I was quite enjoying in front of me I was jolted back to reality when a sizzling pan of something landed on the table behind me. I knew before the table it was shrimp and immediately headed to the front of the restaurant abandoning the drink and any hope of a comfortable evening. I can’t stay long enough to enjoy a desert or an after dinner cup of coffee.
I have begun research on how to create a petition to eateries asking them to provide education to staff and allergy safe zones in their establishments.
For example when I explained my allergy they might have taken me to an area where there were fewer other people around. When the shrimp at the adjoining table was ordered they might have found me another place to sit, away from the smell of the shrimp.
Most food handlers are now very understanding and careful about the food preparation when they know about an allergy but the other staff also need some education and sensitivity training in regard to allergies.
Your input is welcome. I will post the petition when I get it organized.