Indoor Sporting Events!
Disclaimer: I know it's silly of me to even think of doing this, but...I don't want to let my allergies win! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
I am a HUGE sports fanatic. My favorite sports are football and hockey. Football is fine, as it's played outdoors, and there is plenty of fresh, clean air, and most people that sit around me are made aware of my peanut allergies and are usually considerate about their shells and/or plain not eating peanuts at NFL games.
However, hockey is a big problem, as it's played indoors with re-circulated air. I have gone to several Colorado Avalanche games in the past, after my allergy developed into what it is now, and have spent several subsequent nights in ERs for the anaphylactic shock from breathing in the dust in the air. In all of these cases, I have sat in the general admission nosebleed seats, and stayed through the game even though I started to have a reaction after a little while into the first part of the game.
I stopped going to indoor events 3 years ago, after using up all of the tickets that I had had given to me/purchased/etc (and all my trips to the ER). I actually hadn't put two and two together with the first 2-3 visits to the ER - just thought that it was because of the temperature changes (it was mostly asthma/breathing related) or exercise or excitement...the sore throat was explained by the yelling at the game...the itchy skin by dry skin from the temperatures/air/etc.
Anyway, after figuring it all out, I stopped going to games. It SUCKS. Hockey is just NOT the same on tv as it is in person. I was a member of a Arena football fan club last year, but was unable to attend any games at all, because of my allergy -- I'd sit in the parking lot, taking care of the tailgates, while everyone else enjoyed the game!
My boyfriend just won 2 tickets to an upcoming Avalanche game in the luxury box from his job. He wants to take me, but I'm worried about how my body will react. I don't currently have medical insurance, so I'm having to depend on epinephrine inhalers, an epi-pen I got just before my insurance expired, and benedryl. I talked to my dad who is a Physician Assistant and he suggested that I purchase a HEPA-Filter mask to wear.
Does anyone else have experience with going to indoor sporting events where peanuts are present? Wearing a HEPA filter? Etc? I'd like to go with my b/f, and I know it'd be stupid to do so without preparing myself for it completely. If I don't feel comfortable, he has backups ready to go in my place, but I desperatly want to go - I want my "pre-PA" lifestyle back so badly sometimes. (I just had a really bad experience with an airline making me feel like I was a problem/inconvenience to them because they couldn't notate and take care of the problem!!!)