But, all of that doesn't matter any more. Many of you may know that my Little Love #5 is severely allergic to latex. Severely, as in she goes into anaphylaxis if she's in the same room as a balloon. Those poinsettias that are doomed when in my care? They're in the same family as the rubber tree. That white, sticky, sap stuff you see when you accidentally break a stem? That's latex.
Many people who are airborne allergic to latex are airborne allergic to poinsettias. I'm not sure if LL#5 is or not. I haven't gotten her close enough to one to find out. It makes this time of year tricky. Poinsettias are common Christmas decorations. They're sold in the stores, on the counters in doctors' offices, in people's homes, in churches, nearly everywhere you go. Our family members refrain from having poinsettias in their houses for my daughter's sake. Our church changed their many-decade tradition of poinsettias and now use a different flower to decorate with. Fake poinsettias are also a good option.
It's amazing how life can change when there are life-threatening allergies involved. Things that once were attractions, now repel. But that's ok. I'd just kill them anyway. =)