SMELL REACTION REAL
I have searched high and low on information for reaction to the smell of peanuts/ peanut butter. Only to find several Dr's stating how it is not possible. I am posting this today because I know out there some where others have this question. While I am no doctor I am the mother of a HIGHLY SERVELY Allergic 20 year old. (You can see my other posts for other stories)
On Tuesday at 1pm my cell phone rang (at work) and on the other end was a very scared young lady. When she called me it had been aprox 20 mins since the inital exsposure. She works for a grocery store and in the fish dept. Has worked for this company for three years and been in this dept for just over two months. On Tuesday the sushi dept decieded it was time to make a dipping sauce that is peanut butter based. They prepare it by putting large quanities in a crockpot and adding other ingredients.
The first smell of it she held back the urge to throwup. She then spent 10 mins tring to figure our why the fish dept smelled like peanut butter. The moment she went threw the door way to the prep area she could not hold back the need to vomit. And so began the hour long retching.
We stayed on the phone as she made her way threw the store found a manager and tried to explain what was going on. They know about her allergy but really did not understand what was happening. Neither did we.
She was not having an anaphylactic reaction but her body was revolting. We talked for a bit more and then the decision was made that she needed to go to the ER. The next choice that only she could make was she drove herself. We stayed on the phone the entire time. She arrived at the ER and filled out her forms cause they made her and then was taken back. I stayed on the phone as she told her story to the doctor and she gave her some meds to stop the reaction.
By this time I had driven home, woke my husband, packed a bag and made the choice to drive two hours to where she was. Once I arrived we were in the ER another two and half hours. For a total of 5 hours.
We were given two scripts, one for the nausea and the other for a steroid. We did not understand what the purpose of the steroid was and after reading the side effects she did not want to take it. On Thursaday she called me agian to tell me she was not holding food in and that she was still very sick. I recommended she go see her regular doctor. She did. Turns out the steriod was to stop the reaction and help the body get over it. That would have been great information when signing out of the ER.
Today is Saturday and she called me again today to tell me she is still sick, weak and really having a hard time with fluids.
So I am here to say YES you can have a reaction to the smell. Her body thought she had been exposed and it revolted. While she did not have an anaphylactic reaction she is suffering pretty serve after effects of her event. I have tried to help her understand that her body has been put through a tramatic event and she will feel this for quite some time to come.