anyone native to Germany?

Posted on: Sun, 06/03/2007 - 2:10pm
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I'm trying to figure out if wearing a 'medic alert' type bracelet while in Germany (3 month sabbatical) would even be recognized? The text would be in German.

I'm not sure yet if I'm going to subscribe to Medic-Alert and use their service, or, go to a jeweler and have a typical bracelet/emblem engraved.

Thoughts? I'm looking for first-hand advice, those who have been to Europe/Germany (or know someone who does and can ask). Thanks!

Adrienne

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Posted on: Sun, 06/03/2007 - 11:34pm
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My family is from Germany , mom has travelled there often I will ask her and get back to you regarding this. By the way just seeing you are a 30 year survivor gives me such hope for my daughter , it can be done.
Chris

Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2007 - 12:41am
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You could also try contacting the German Embassy - their website has a contact page where you can submit questions.
I bet you'll have a great time!

Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2007 - 2:41am
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Great idea for the bracelet in German, btw. I asked a German friend of mine, and she thinks a bracelet would be recognizable to emergency personnel. She also said the emergency # to call is 110.

Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2007 - 3:00am
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thanks everyone!
and yes - there are more than a few of us adults on these boards who have grown up with the allergy --- all before better food labeling and peanut butter bans in schools. We survived [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] It's doable by being proactive, finding your workable comfort zone, and always having your meds with you. Somewhere I started a thread '15 years reaction free' or something like that where I talk about it. Other adults also gave their insights.
I work a University and I'm hoping I can find a native German in the German Studies dept to help me with an allergy card and phrasing.
Adrienne
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Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2007 - 6:02am
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I wanted to check if most would be english speaking, but probably not, I went to google and you can get english to german translation there. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Hope you have a wonderful time while you are there.

Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2007 - 6:38am
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Adrienne,
I am so very jealous! Last school year (05-06) we hosted a 17 year old PA student from Germany. He manages his allergy with "peanut faith". No epi - just avoids. He told us there are not many peanut products in Germany. PB is only in markets in the special "USA" section!
He is coming to visit in July and will stay until September. We are so very excited to see him again.
Hope you have a wonderful time.
Have a blessed day,
Bridget

Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2007 - 12:33pm
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hi (edited)- I do remember your posts about the exchange student!
I'm more concerned with treenuts and lupin rather than peanuts. I've been told that I'll only find peanuts in the 'I miss America' stores.
I'm interested to know if he worries about lupin? It's cross reactive with peanuts, from what I've read online - just over half of test subjects react (they test those with peanut allergies). In Europe, lupin is popular to mix with flour, and it doesn't have to be declared if it's under 10%. GAH!
Had he ever said anything about that?
Adrienne
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Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 3:45am
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Thank you so much! I'm in no rush, so no need to call about the flour info.
much appreciated [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Adrienne
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Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 5:03am
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I have a question about lupin or lupine which I found more info under that later spelling, are you allergic to this substance is it common for the PA to also be allergic to lupin? I went to a seminar by Anaphylaxis Canada and was told about a penaut flour used in Europe , is this similar?or same same

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Quote:Originally posted by maphiemom:
[b]I have a question about lupin or lupine which I found more info under that later spelling, are you allergic to this substance is it common for the PA to also be allergic to lupin? I went to a seminar by Anaphylaxis Canada and was told about a penaut flour used in Europe , is this similar?or same same[/b]
There is a cross-reactivity with lupin if you are allergic to peanuts. I found research posted in which PA individuals with no exposure to lupin tested positive to it and had reactions. Not every PA person is also allergic to lupin, but there is a significant risk/chance.
That is what I'm trying to figure out for myself before I hit Europe in the fall. I'm asking my allergist to write orders for the test...I just want all the info on myself before I take any calculated risks in Germany/Europe.
Adrienne
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