I am a parent of a peanut and tree nut, sesame, and asthma
I am a parent of a peanut and tree nut, sesame, and asthma 8 year old girl. We have always known she was allergic - since I had her blood tested at 6 mo. She has had a few reactions through the years - but not really bad reactions. We recently returned from a month long trip to Indonesia- which was a bit traumatic for her. Lots of airborne nut smells in all foods-she really only had two reactions on the trip -but it was difficult for her. Since we have been back - she has had three bad reactions in three weeks. First she ate sesame oil in egg drop soup and her face swelled and she got dizzy. I went to her allergy specialist the next day and he said I should have epi-penned her, not given her benadryl. The next week we ate at Taco Bell (which states on its website that it is a nut free facility and she has eaten at a million times) and she knew right after she ate her taco that she was having a reaction. Her lips swelled, her face continued to swell. We epi-penned her and took her to the ER. They kept us for 4 or 5 hours and then sent us home and put her on steroids for a week. She has only been off her steroids for two days and last night I made meatloaf at home (which I do three times a month). She ate the meatloaf and after one bite- she said - this tastes wrong mom. I said I didn't have BBQ sauce and that is why it was different. She ate two big pieces and camp up to me and said - my lips feel swelly or tingly. I looked at all the ingredients and SURE ENOUGH - I bought a different brand of bread crumbs that had SESAME SEEDS!! I epi-penned her and we spent the evening at the hospital again. I am feeling like the most INCOMPETENT AND TERRIBLE mother out there. Two of her three reactions were because of me not checking! I feel like I spend all my time checking labels - boxes and asking people about ingredients - but yet in three weeks she has been at the ER twice because of me!! I am feeling this incredible burden of stress and anxiety and have lost sleep. DOES ANYONE ELSE FEEL this same stress and anxiety? I am wondering if I need someone to talk to - Please share your feelings as a parent! I need some support and guidance!