Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Counting Our Blessings

I have been a bit distracted the last few days. One of my college roomies had an acute allergic reaction to some shell fish on Friday and ended up in the hospital for a few days. She has never had anything like that happen before.

This is something new for her. I remember splitting fresh caught abalone and lobster with her when we were Juniors. What has me floored is that instead of being thankful that she recieved life saving care in time, she is talking lawsuits. She does not seem to understand that no one can predict her particular food allergies.

Hello! Ang! You are alive! Let it go!


Notsocranky Yankee said...

Did some one "slip her" a shrimp or did she eat it willingly? Is she suing the shrimps' family? Make sure you don't have her over for dinner - you never know what other allergies she may have!

Sorry to be so harsh. Lawsuits drive me crazy! Talk some sense into her.

anchovy said...

We are generally allowed to plead alternative causes, even if they're contradictory. With that in mind, she should also sue that they saved her life, a life now filled with misery, danger and apprehension at every mealtime.

There's precedent for this sort of thing too. You've heard of wrongful death suits? Kids have actually tried (unsuccessfully) to bring wrongful life suits against their parents for having them in the first place!

All kidding aside, I can totally understand the anger, frustration, etc. It's been my limited experience that too many suits are instigated out of some perceived personal slight rather than a legitimate effort to recover any real damages. Maybe given a little time and reflection she'll see things differently. It's hard to be thankful when, from her perspective, you've just been nearly poisoned to death.

Fred said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Mal.

Fantastagirl said...

Stopped by to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your friend realizes or soon discovers that this isn't anyone's fault- I used to be able to eat Shrimp and then one day I swelled up, broke out in hives - and can't eat them or any shellfish...it's just happens... I dislike sue happy people - crazy lawsuits drive me nuts.

Jessica said...

Scary. Glad she is ok. I like the idea of "slipping someone the shrimp" if only because it sounds like something out of film noir.

sage said...

Ma, I hope your thanksgiving has been blessed.

Balloon Pirate said...

Was she aware that she had developed an allergy to shellfish? Was she unaware that she had ordered a dish that contained shellfish?

If she didn't know, what grounds does she have for the lawsuit? And exactly who is she suing? Who could she possibly sue over preparing a food that she apparently ordered, that no one knew she was allergic to?

The sad thing is, whoever it is will probably settle, because it's faster and cheaper than defending.


Liz said...

I think I would be focusing on the fact my days of shell fish were over. I think I have small reactions but I just don't want to give it up. Maryland crab cakes are oh so good.