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Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 3:09pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

bumping up for newbies and as a reminder to those working on emergency action plans for school...

Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 3:51pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Don't know how I missed this the first time! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
We have first hand experience that this is TRUE TRUE TRUE.
Never reposition someone experiencing anaphylactic shock upright because you can induce irreversible arrhythmia due to a lack of sufficient blood volume in the heart. This can easily lead to brain damage if not corrected immediately. I do not know if this is a problem if the person isn't experiencing cardiovascular symptoms-- so it isn't clear to me if this is also the case with an "airway compromise" type anaphylaxis event (but who cares at that point about the distinction, right?) Anyway, we have always had "shocky" symptoms like low BP and CNS effects, so it was super pertinent to us.
My daughter nearly died because we did not know this-- and it happens in seconds, not minutes, everyone. We were sooooo lucky, and have discussed this as a major error on our part. I was screaming in DD's face on the 90 second ride to the ER in order to keep her from passing out.
Terrifying indeed. (Having seen it happen)

Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 3:56pm
xlared's picture
Joined: 10/26/2005 - 09:00

I have heard of this b4 as my sons preschool teachers were trained by an anaphylaxis educator & it was suggested that by lying him down with his feet raised could slow down the reaction.I met the anaphylactic educator personally this year as she educated the staff at my sons primary school that he is going 2 attend & I asked her about this & she told me that in his case it would not b suggested as he suffers from asthma & this would block his airways even more so as in all our situations it depends on the individual that being said if he was not an asthmatic I would lie him down.

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 1:17am
ajgauthier's picture
Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

well - kudos to my school nurse in 1990! she had me lay down and raise my legs til the ambulance arrived :-)
Good info to know, I never knew this!
30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 6:44am
CDMom's picture
Joined: 12/30/2005 - 09:00

Thank you, Nuttermore, for raising this for us newbies! This is something that never would have occured to me but makes total sense.
As I gain a little understanding of this allergy bit by bit, I feel both empowered and frightened at the same time. Confusing emotions to feel all at once!
Thanks again!
Jamie - mom to:
Morgan (dd-13) - NKA
Ethan (10) - asthma, enviromental allergies
Carson (5) - PA/TNA/EA/Soy
- enviromental allergies, slight asthma?

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 12:36pm
lilpig99's picture
Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

HOLY COW. How did I NOT know this? Why didn't my allergist say this sort of stuff to me. Thank God for this site. I am thankful for everyone willing to bump up the good stuff to help us newbies out. Really, thank you!
[This message has been edited by lilpig99 (edited August 30, 2007).]

Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 7:17am
iansmom's picture
Joined: 07/26/2001 - 09:00

This is on my list of questions for our allergist on our next visit. DS has asthma, but I'd like to have a recommendation from the allergist about how to approach this situation. Do we have him lie down to compensate for a drop in BP, or do we have him remain upright to compensate for respiratory trouble? Is it situational? At this point, the school nurse typically has the child brought to her office. I'd like to insist that he remain where he is and have her (and emergency personnel) go to him instead. Does exertion speed up the reaction, or worsen it? Gotta love these questions that develop.
Thanks for the information!

Posted on: Mon, 11/06/2006 - 11:56am
2boys2luv's picture
Joined: 10/14/2006 - 09:00

Wow!!! I'm so glad someone put this back on here for us "newbies"! Thank You! I never ever heard of that before. Shouldn't the darn allergist tell you that! It doesn't even say it in the directions pamphlet of the Epi-Pen. I, too, like AnnaMarie live in a rural area and was concerned about the length of time it would take for EMS to get to me versus my driving my son to the hospital myself. My allergist even told me that if it was her, she'd drive rather than wait. So, what does that mean? Never said a word about lying down. Gosh, this is all so much more than giving an Epi-Pen and thinking it will all be okay. It's scary hoping all goes well and you do the right thing. Now I don't know what to do. Drive, wait, lye him down? aaahhh!

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2008 - 1:43am
Chris's picture
Joined: 01/12/1999 - 09:00

Similar thread

Posted on: Fri, 03/07/2008 - 3:57pm
Kanji's picture
Joined: 01/30/2008 - 16:26

Thanks for bumping. Very interesting and relevant thread.



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