29 year old dies?

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2003 - 12:55am
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I'm soliciting comment on the story in the recent FAN newsletter about the 29 year old man who knew of his allergies but died after eating at a hotel Chinese buffet. He did not have his medication with him.

I have to admit, my initial reaction to this story was "How could this have happened?" He knew about his allergies yet he ate food well-known to be contaminated with nuts and did not have his medication. Do people just become complacent with time?

Will my daughter become complacent as well after going long periods without a reaction?

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2003 - 2:07am
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To answer your question, yes I do believe people become complacent after going so long without a reaction.
Dr. Wood told us that 50% of all kids (people) have a reaction within 5yrs of being diagnosed. 75% within 10yrs. The reason, complacency. People get very conscious when they are first diagnosed and then less so as they go thru it. I will admit, I have left the house without our epi pen once recently b/c it was not formost on my mind. We have gone almost 3 yrs since diagnosis. He said most kids become higher risk in their teen yrs.. obvious reasons. He said a lot of adults don't carry their pens or read their ingredients as well as they should. I dread them growing up and being solely responsible for themselves!

Posted on: Tue, 09/02/2003 - 2:32am
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Also, the older PA community has had less information and lived with even less accurate and detailed labels. And, I am not sure when epi-pens became more widely prescribed, but I know Erik says he never hd one when he was younger.
So, they have grown up safely with less vigilance, simply due to lack of awareness and education. Unfortunately, now, we live in a world full of many more processed and prepared foods and more foods with nut products in them.
I think this is a factor as opposed to blatant complacency. becca

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 11:18pm
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Can anyone tell me were to read the story,
Is it on ther site?
Love this site
Synthia

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 11:43pm
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Synthia, I raised it for you on the media thread.

Posted on: Wed, 09/03/2003 - 11:55pm
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momma2boys
Thanks for reraising.
I thought this was a new one I had not copyed.
Back in April or May of 2003,my oldested daughter's teacher had told me of a friend of her's just died of a peanut allergy while at work.I had reported to FAAN.FAAN had asked to communated with the parents of that person.
Ihad passed the info along to my ODD's teacher.I had thought this was the person but was not.
Thanks
Love this site
Synthia

Posted on: Thu, 09/04/2003 - 6:25am
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momma2boys
Wanted to thank you as well for raising the story under the media thread. I didn't realize there was already so much discussion about this. The FAAN newsletter did not go into much detail. Thanks again!

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