25 year old w. PA/TNA living in South Korea

Posted on: Sat, 07/26/2008 - 2:53am
pfreeoverseas's picture
Joined: 07/26/2008 - 09:42

Hello everyone!
I am SO happy to have found this forum. I'm 25 y/o girl born in Maryland, USA, diagnosed w. PA/TNA when I was three, currently living and working in South Korea. I arrived in March and since I've been here, I have had two panic inducing reactions and several "slips".

I have an Epi pen, travel w. Benadryl, have a note in Korean explaining my allergy, and know the Korean words for "peanuts" and "allergy" and "without". Anaphylaxis less common over here, though, and it's sometimes difficult to make myself understood. (I don't speak the language) It was scary coming over, but I don't want my allergy fears to define my life.

Am looking forward to getting to know you all and learning how to better manage my food intake. It's so wonderful to finally find a community of people who understand!!!


Posted on: Sat, 07/26/2008 - 6:08am
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

Welcome to the board pfreeoverseas. It's always great to have the adult perspective on pa. I have always noticed the difficulty with some Asian food and nuts but do not know about Korean food. Is it commonplace in the cuisine?
I do have to add that it is nice to see people travelling, living abroad and sharing their stories. It helps others to learn the global experience through the various members.

Posted on: Sat, 07/26/2008 - 11:24pm
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Welcome! Glad you found this board. I applaud you for not letting your allergy stop you from traveling and " defining" you. I am hoping that my son who is 7 will be the same way. We try to do everything everyone else does... we just do it a little different. YOur smart to keep your epi with you and benadryl.

Posted on: Sun, 07/27/2008 - 12:42am
pfreeoverseas's picture
Joined: 07/26/2008 - 09:42

Thanks for the welcome, Skymom and Mrsdocrse :)
Nuts aren't common in Korean cuisine (as much as Thai or Indonesian) but they'll sometimes put chopped peanuts on side dishes as a garnish. That's pretty terrifying.

Posted on: Mon, 07/28/2008 - 6:36am
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

Hi and welcome,
I just replied to your other post then I saw this one. My son is 6 and is allergic to peanuts and treenuts. We try to let him get out there are do most everything but we do avoid especially risky situations as he is still fairly young.
nuts on side dishes yes that is scary!
Oh and this is such a coincidence, a woman I have been working with recently just told me last week that her Peanut allergic Adult daughter was in Korea for a year. I live in Idaho feel free to PM me if you would like.

Posted on: Wed, 07/30/2008 - 4:41am
psufan1996's picture
Joined: 06/03/2007 - 09:00

Welcome! We are moving to South Korea next week with our PA daughter who is 2. It is good to know that they do put nuts in the side dishes. I would love to get more advice from you if you don't mind. Do you eat out? What Korean dishes do you recommend? We have the allergy cards. Are they helpful? Anything you can think of to make our experience safe would be appreciated.

Posted on: Thu, 07/31/2008 - 2:09pm
pfreeoverseas's picture
Joined: 07/26/2008 - 09:42

I'm having some trouble sending a PM. Thank you so much for the info! It's good to know that there are other PA people who have lived in Korea. I know a few who are allergic to fish/shellfish, but so far haven't met another PA.
Congrats on the upcoming move! Sounds like you're doing all the right things to keep your DD safe. Just to be aware, in my experience docs in Korea don't seem as ready to administer epi when needed. If you are ever in a reaction situation, just be aware that you might have to ask for it.

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