athlete at our gym

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 10:50am
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one athlete's at my kids' gymnastics gym had a serious reaction monday night. like my kids, he has several food allergies with the most serious being peanut. he also has asthma.

he is somewhat careful about what he eats and is exposed to but he does eat lots of things i wouldn't let my kids eat (example...he eats cookies out of the subway restaurant cookie display. he feels safe as long as they aren't the pb ones...even though the ones he eats are right next to the pb ones - and more than likely made on the same equipment. )

anyway, he ate a cookie monday evening at his home that he thought was chocolate chip. the mom apparently thought she had purchased choc. chip but it turned out that it was choc. chip AND peanut butter. his reaction, according to the person i spoke with, was immediate. he was taken to the hospital which was some distance away but his epi pen was administered on the way. he was hospitalized at least overnight (maybe through the next day...not sure yet). six injections of epinephrine and five injections of bendadryl (?) were used on him as they tried to get the reaction under control. does that sound right? that is what the athlete himself told me when i spoke to hom briefly tonight at the gym.

he suffered a second reaction that was just as severe later in the evening while still hospitalized (as the peanut was digested in the intestines). ???? does that sound right? is that what a biphasic reaction is?

so...the bad news is that he had a severe reaction that i'm told was close to threatening and/or ending his life. it was that bad twice, during the first reaction and the second. the good news is that he was here safe and sound at the gym tonight.

the boy said that in addition to swelling and the usual symptoms, during the trip to the hospital he could not feel his fingers, hands and arms and was very agitated. he said it scared him to death.

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Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 12:48pm
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This sounds correct for a major ingestion.
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(We know of a young woman locally who required so much epi about 18 months ago that she suffered substantial skin necrosis... but that was the least of her problems... she was on a ventilator for some of her four day ICU stay.) She suffered some nerve damage, and reportedly flatlined several times in the first 24 hrs.
This happened because it had been so long since she had had a major rxn, and she had several accidental trace ingestions with no ill effects... so she decided to do her own food challenge. Good thing her room-mate was home.

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 2:03pm
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I would be curious to know how much of the cookie he ate and how soon his reaction started? How old is he?
I always get nervous when my dd eats something and takes a huge bite and I wish she would take a teeny tiny bite first-
Any additional info would be helpful and thanks for telling us- it is always a good learning experience!
Sounds like he was very lucky!

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 3:19pm
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Me too Gwen. I hold my breath as my son takes a bite of anything. I just sit there and watch.
Peg

Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 5:37am
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gwen and others:
i'm not sure if he ate the entire cookie or not but i know he got a substantial bite at the least.
anyhow, i know he got at least a big bite of it swallowed before he figured out what he'd eaten (and maybe the whole cookie, not sure. i'll ask at the gym tonight when i see him).
this scares me too because i have witnessed firsthand a couple of serious reactions in my oldest PA girl (requiring er visit and hospitalization) after only a barely visible lick of pb from a fingertip once and from inhalation in a shopping mall where she had ingested or handled NO peanut (there was an asian kiosk (sp?) nearby that was pumping steam into the food court). so...after seeing what teeny tiny amounts of peanut can do, i would not even want to imagine what a single bite (or heaven forbid, an entire cookie) could do. i guess this is why we didn't have the biphasic reaction either time, none was "ingested" or the small amount tasted from the fingertip was spit out before being ingested???
our gym is bad about having candy and food everywhere for the kids and when we have parties i always have to be present and "on guard." i am hoping this child's reaction opens a lot of eyes to PA. it's an unfortunate thing for him but he is such a well-loved member of our gymnastics team that i think he's the perfect person to make the staff and other parents stand up and take notice that PA is truly a problem. our gymnastics team is not that large.....i'd say no more, and probably fewer than 20 kids at the most, guessing....and at least three of them have PA.
joey
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Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 6:35am
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OMG!
Can you imagine the guilt his mother must feel? How horrible for all of them. Hopefully, this will make them more vigilent.

Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 12:50pm
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i got more details at the gym tonight, regarding our athlete who had the reaction on monday.....
his mother bought a plate of cookies labeled "chocolate chip" at a bake sale. (i would never trust bake sale food of any sort.) so.. the cookies were labeled "chocolate chip" by some individual who made them at home with both choc. chips and pb.
the doctor who took care of the boy in the hospital said this....."if he had eaten the entire cookie, rather than the one bite he had before realizing there was peanut butter in the cookie, we would most likely NOT have been able to save him." he was very lucky to have survived at all.
pretty scary.
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Posted on: Sun, 05/21/2006 - 3:10pm
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just a note on our athlete's progress.....
we attended a regional gymnastics meet in ohio this weekend and he and his family were also in attendance (in fact, we all traveled together). they checked out every restaurant we stopped at and even filled me in on what they learned from the managers there. we talked a little about may contains and manufactured-ins and things like that.
she mentioned that they had thought after all this time with such good luck with his pa, that they had it all under control (which is why they allowed the may contains and allowed him around peanut products at times). her doctor did tell her that these little exposures may have added up over time to contribute to his recent BIG reaction.
off topic....the hotel we stayed in was horrible (it was booked by our gym for all of us). i wondered why my two PA girls were rashy, wheezy, and uncomfortable most of our stay but attributed it to the general conditions of the hotel (odors, possible mold, etc.. smoking allowed, pets allowed...etc. GROSS). we were only in our hotel late in the evenings for friday night and saturday night. as we were leaving the hotel this morning, i searched under the beds for missing shoes and things and discovered shelled PEANUTS (at least 6 or 8 of them) under the beds just scattered here and there.
also, as we made the drive home someone wanted to stop at a restaurant similar to a logans type steakhouse. i suggested there might be peanuts on the tables/floors in such a restaurant. as i was asking one of the older kids on the trip to run in and check out the rest. for me, i dropped my cellphone onto the parking lot and it slid under my vehicle. i asked one of my daughters to pick it up for me. as she slid under the vehicle, i noticed the peanut shells all over the ground beneath the car. (at that point it was pretty clear they'd been tracked out by diner's shoes). she ran into a different rest. next door and washed right up.
all the other travelers agreed they would rather all stay together and chose another rest. we could all eat at. very nice of them. we had a great time. travel can be very difficult with PA but it's good to have good friends. : )
just wanted to let you know about our PA friend and how he and his family are doing since he survived his reaction.
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Posted on: Mon, 05/22/2006 - 6:39am
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I am glad to hear that they have all bounced back so well! (And that they have clearly heeded the lessons they paid so dearly for. ) Experience can be a harsh master, eh?
Also glad to hear that your somewhat surreal and nightmarish trip was okay in the end, too!
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Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 12:48pm
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This sounds correct for a major ingestion.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
(We know of a young woman locally who required so much epi about 18 months ago that she suffered substantial skin necrosis... but that was the least of her problems... she was on a ventilator for some of her four day ICU stay.) She suffered some nerve damage, and reportedly flatlined several times in the first 24 hrs.
This happened because it had been so long since she had had a major rxn, and she had several accidental trace ingestions with no ill effects... so she decided to do her own food challenge. Good thing her room-mate was home.

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 2:03pm
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I would be curious to know how much of the cookie he ate and how soon his reaction started? How old is he?
I always get nervous when my dd eats something and takes a huge bite and I wish she would take a teeny tiny bite first-
Any additional info would be helpful and thanks for telling us- it is always a good learning experience!
Sounds like he was very lucky!

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