Enough Already, I’m Starting a Petion

38473b656230597132a2f949efc62807Twice 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.



About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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2 Responses to Enough Already, I’m Starting a Petion

  1. Vibrant says:

    I hope your petition will help them learn and will help other allergic people better. Thanks for sharing about your experience with us!

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

  2. I am so sorry you have such an allergy and that you had/have to go through such situations.

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