Am I the oldest one here?

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2000 - 9:34am
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Hi,

After reading lots of posts here, I think that I am the oldest PA person on this board. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I am 61 and have PA as well as tree nut allergies. I also have slight allergies to wheat, potatoes, rice, other legumes, citrus, tomatoes, and many other foods. In addition, I am severely allergic to many environmental factors -- dust mites, many trees, grasses, weeds, shrubs, animal danders, etc.

These really don't affect me much as I have learned throughout the years methods of coping with them.

For example, I can eat most of the foods to which I am mildly allergic in small limited quantities, or in large quantities for some which have been canned, frozen, or marinated. (not the nuts, though) I have learned this through trial and error.

I have a special filter in our HVAC system to keep the air pure. It is very effective. We keep our home very clean.

When I go out, and I am a very social person, I medicate with extra antihistamine and take lots of medications with me.

I am firm with restaurant staff people. I used to own restaurants and know just which tone to use to get their attention.

I grew up in the days when doctors thought all allergies were psychological, so I could have considered myself a "nut" case (pun intended), but I knew more than the doctors. I just went on my merry way and figured things out on my own. Fortunately I lived.

Another fortunate thing about when I grew up is that snacks were seldom served at school, and hardly anyone used them in cooking in our area. I was safe in the school cafeteria. However, I usually took my lunch as cafeteria was uncool.

I moved away from home when I started college at 17. At first I had an apartment with a friend, and could eat at the college cafeteria since I could find out from the workers what was in the food. When I moved to a sorority house, the cook accommodate my allergy.

After I married, I could manage foods myself. The worst part is parties. I take something I can eat to a potluck and check with people attending about their foods. I ask people to remove dishes of nuts while I am there. I constantly educat people about the nut/peanut allergies, and my friends now help look after me.

I have had and am having a wonderful life and have travelled all over the world despite allergies.

Tell all the kids out there that things get easier all the time. They just have to be alert, carry their medication, and exercise good common sense.

WoozerMom

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2000 - 11:32am
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Way to go WoozerMom. I can see that you have managed to have a very successful, productive life with the obstacles you face daily... My hats off to you and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the information you put forth on this site. Thanks for sharing. I am the grandmother of a PA child and I truly believe that my grandson will have a healthy productive life, and learn how to manage his PA. Have a Happy,Healthy & Safe New Year.

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2000 - 10:46pm
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Hi WooozerMom,
Thanks for your post. I was wondering if you could aways eat a little of what your mildly allergic to or if you are only able to to this as an adult. I have a friend at work who is 50 and has multiple food allergies. She can eat something with a little bit of egg or milk. She will even eat cashews (is allergic to at least one tree nut) She's not PA. Since this summer she is carrying epipen- she had a reaction to fresh grilled tuna at her home. She reported that she really questioned if she was going to make it as couldn't talk and had drop of blood pressure-her husband was up stairs- thankfully her grown daughter came in and found her.
I'd been trying to get her to get epipen refilled for years and share all the info I get on food allergies.
My son is 10 and is multiple allergic-(PA, TN, egg, shellfish, sesame seed-all greater than 100 on traditional CAP RAST and strawberry and peaches not off the charts.
We are very carefull to completely avoid all his allegens. We are eating out at less and less places. He has outgrown 7 other foods that were allergen before. He has the environmentals like you do. He has asthma and severe ezcema- Did you have excema as a child? IF so when did it go away? Did you ever bring all your food to social events? I'm afraid if he brought something as potluck that it could get cross contaminted with other things brought. Currently for school events I pack cookies or other safe snacks in a large purse of mine that I bring out for him when other kids get to eat from the foods brought in for the party.
for things that involve food during the school day he says no to everything someone brings to to share unless its been preappproved by me and is individually wrapped (plain rice krispie treats). When i'm out at social events I can't help but think about how is it going to be like for him when so many things revolve around sharing food.
Thanks again for your post.
JanBP

Posted on: Sat, 12/30/2000 - 4:43am
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Hi WoozerMom,
We have peanut allergic people over 80 who are with us on this site. I don't know if they post but I do know they read the threads etc. as I have had many conversations with them on the phone and contact by e mail.
Thanks for your insight into life with peanut allergy.
Talk to you soon.
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Stay Safe,
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[This message has been edited by Chris PeanutAllergy Com (edited December 30, 2000).]

Posted on: Sat, 12/30/2000 - 12:39pm
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Dear JanBP,
In many ways, I was fortunate to have grown up when I did. People in my childhood home were not prone to lots of experimentation in food in those days.
Yes, I had severe asthma and severe eczema as a child. My mother kept me away from foods which had been identified as allergens for me. I credit her with my being able to eat a little of those foods now.
We were allowed to use topical cortisone on occasion, and it was considered a big deal to my doctor. I have no idea when its use began. I also used some type of ointment containing coal tar which actually was quite effective in drying up my eczema. I could not wear wool next to my skin, and many times wore long sleeves to cover it up. Fortunately, my facial complexion was great. The rashes were pretty much a thing of the past by the time I was a high school junior.
I still have a tendency to have rashy days but very very seldom. I do have Rosacea which cause some problems. I have it under control most of the time. Nowadays, I find hesitate to use cortisone unless desperate. Instead I use skin creams and lotions which contain zinc. I also use makeup with zinc. My favorite healer is plain and cheap calamine lotion which soothes my skin and contains guess what?--zinc.
I take baking soda baths with about a cup of soda in a full tub. I buy restaurant size boxes of soda at places like Costco or Sam's.
As a teen, I would, each year, forget to get my doctor's note excusing me from running activities, so each year I would have a horrid asthma attack as track season started and I had to run laps. So the next day I would have it, and my PE teacher would get upset. You see, I was a fast sprinter, and she had visions of winning track meets. Now my grandchildren who have asthma are able to control it and play soccer and run track. I missed being able to run because I loved it so -- one of my few regrets.
As for food, I did not take my own except for lunch each day at school. I just did not eat snacks. (cheap date!) Unless, of course, they were made at the bakery where I worked part-time. I knew his procedures and ingredients for each food. I was safe.
My friends, even as a teen, helped me avoid nuts and foods containing nuts. People still do. I just passed on most things with a polite no thank you. When pressed, I explained why to those who were not aware of my allergies.
My best advice is to keep your child away from the foods to which he is allergic until you get an OK from his allergist. And always be on the alert for new allergies. Some allergies will be outgrown while others will develop, and still others gets progressively more dangerous like PA.
So that is how I made it through my childhood up until I married. I never really considered the allergy any big deal unless I had an asthma attack or went into shock a couple of times.
WoozerMom

Posted on: Sat, 12/30/2000 - 12:56pm
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Thanks for your post, WoozerMom,
I'll check with his skin doctor about the cup of baking soda in the bath- he hates to get bath or shower because it can hurt on his wounds.
He has foods challenges at the allergists office- but none are planned at this time as his levels are all too high and his lfe longs will never be challenged.
Thanks again,
JanBP

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 1:49am
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WoozerMom, you are an inspiration!
Zinc has also worked with us.
I caught your comment that you didn't have food and snacks at school. That's my big thing--people are always trying to feed my child!
All right, all right, I'll stop. Keep sending us info! I love it!
Michelle

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