Amongst the NEWly and traumatized....

Posted on: Sat, 02/08/2003 - 3:59pm
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I think I have mostly crossed over from my denial stage of this tree and peanut allergy.. new way of life for my son and the family.
At 5 1/2 years old.... after having all sorts of tree nuts and peanut products too... he had a reaction to walnuts just before Christmas last year. He had a few small pieces of chopped walnut. Right away he said his throat felt funny and his stomach hurt. His eyes got red and watery. His nose began to run. He threw up several times. I knew enough that this was not good and needed a call to the doctor ASAP. By the time we got him to the ER ( actually I took him alone cause DH didn't think it was that big a deal! ) by the time we got there he was better. Almost enough for me to think maybe it wasnt the nuts.... maybe it wasnt such a big deal. But I knew in my gut that wasnt the case. I finally took him in to the doctors the end of January to get the blood testing ( RAST ) done. Finally got the test results back a couple of days ago. He is a 2 rating for walnut and a 2 rating for peanuts.
SHIT! was my word for the day. (smile)
I have learned SOOO much from this site. Thank you all for sharing all you have lived and learned. It helps the next ones that come along.
I think I maybe even have my DH realizing the potential danger and very real risk.. even with. "only a 2 rating"
I personally have found it helpful, when I am about to cry from the intensity and the "what ifs", as I stay up all hours of the night to learn more... that I am not alone.
Thank you.

Susan

Posted on: Sat, 02/08/2003 - 9:47pm
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Hey Wintermoon
Welcome aboard
there is a world of info here,Great support,
Much tears I have shed with others.PA.com members are willing to help with what ever you need.Don' hesitate to let us know.
Feel free to E-mail me any time.
Love this site
synthia and again welcome.
[This message has been edited by synthia (edited February 10, 2003).]

Posted on: Sat, 02/08/2003 - 9:59pm
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Welcome wintermoon! You are among a growing number of individuals whose children appear to be acquiring nut allergies a little later in life. I'm sure that this doesn't make it any easier to deal with, and must be hard on a child who knows what it is like to have the freedom of being without this allergy. Whenever it gets a little overwhelming remember that you've got a place to come for support.

Posted on: Sun, 02/09/2003 - 6:49am
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Sorry you had to find us, but "welcome" to you! My daughter is allergic to peanuts and walnuts, also. She's probably been allergic all her life, but we didn't find out until she was about 3 1/2 because we kept them away from her until then, due to milk and egg allergies she had as a baby/toddler. Good luck assimilating this new information into your lives. Miriam

Posted on: Sun, 02/09/2003 - 12:46pm
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I too stay up all hours of the night reading this site, even now! And [url="http://www.cnn.com......."]www.cnn.com.......[/url]

Posted on: Sun, 02/09/2003 - 11:22pm
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Susan,
My son is 18 and PA.
Welcome, this has been a wonderful site for me to learn, and pass on experiences.
Peg541

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 12:38pm
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I just want to say 'I hear you!'=( It is very overwhelming at first, I am still in that stage actually. All the what if's are mindboggling. However, I have found for myself that it helps to think of all the things you can to be thankful for to God, and that helps. For example that you found out about the allergy so you can protect him, that there are others in the same boat you can come to, and to remember to be thankful as many parents would maybe trade their childs condition with ours....
All we can do is research, educate, protect, and trust God.
My little pa guy is just 2=)

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 1:31pm
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I found your message comforting. Despite this awful thing, there still is so much to be thankful for. Thanks for the reminder.

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