Ok so this post is about someone (I use that loosely as it is a cartoon character) with a nut allergy, not something that is one of our main worries in this house, but an allergy is an allergy.
This morning I came out of the shower to find my boys sat on my bed watching Arthur.
I have watched many episodes in the past but this was one that I had never actually seen. If you want to see what they were watching click on the picture below
It began randomly with a butterfly landing on Binky’s arm and him coming up in a rash, unlike many people who have to fight to have their children tested for allergies, or even get anyone to listen, by the next scene Binky is having skin prick tests and has had blood tests done. But I am so glad we found out what was wrong with him quickly.
Binky turns out to be allergic to nuts, which to him is no big deal as he says he isn’t that keen on them, but his mum understands just how big a deal this actually is.
We watch about label checking, how worried his mum gets about everything,
how upset Binky gets that his mum is no longer keen to let him do things on his own, like going to the sweet shop.
His mum has informed all his friends at school, which as you can imagine he isn’t keen on, but it is just as well as it is when he has another reaction with a friend that he actually realises just how seriously he has to take this.
We see him having nightmares about food, being chased by peanut butter, and being made fun of for having to sit at a separate table at lunchtime.
It is lovely to see friends watching out for him by not letting others sit at the same table incase they have something that will make him ill, and then to see that other friends have ensured they haven’t eaten nuts all day and are ‘safe’
We watch his mum staring through the school dining room window and talking to him on a mobile, this is certainly not something I have ever done, but maybe that is because Tim is only 3, I can certainly understand why she might be doing it.
And it is wonderful to see that Binky spends time finding a restaurant that is able to cater for his needs AND more importantly serves his favourite food.
I am sure that most people watching this just thought, oh look another episode of Arthur,
but my boys were hooked, breakfast in our house was one big discussion about having allergies and keeping people safe, Sam felt soo proud that I trust him with his ‘cow milk’ to sit next to his dairy free brother.
They understood that this programme was showing what we deal with on a daily basis.
Thank you Binky for making allergies part of everyones lives, allowing them to be normalised, showing that anyone can have them and that with help and support from their friends can live a normal life.
It would be great to hear from anyone dealing with allergies on a daily basis themselves how you feel it fitted in with how you or your children have felt.