Nikki - posted on 11/09/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )
How do you all handle relatives who smoke when they want to be around your child? Almost all of in-laws smoke and I cannot have that around my son. Along with pulmonary atresia (heart defect in which his pulmonary artery is blocked so no blood flow from heart to lungs), Braydon also has chronic lung disease. His pediatrician says that he cannot be in a home where smokers live even for 15 min. The consequence is a trip to the ER in a hospital who doesn't know Braydon at all. That terrifies me. My in-laws all live 300+ miles away from us so to visit, we either have to stay with friends or stay in a hotel.
And when they come to visit, they don't seem to want to wash their hands. Or look at me like I'm insanely overprotective. Because Braydon spent 11 of the first 12 months of his life in the hospital, you're darn right I am overprotective. I ask everyone who touches him to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands. How does everyone else handle this situation?