death in Wisconsin

Posted on: Tue, 02/10/2004 - 11:43pm
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Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00
Posted on: Wed, 02/11/2004 - 12:36am
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Joined: 09/02/2000 - 09:00

gerilynn, I live in Wisconsin too, and had no idea about this boy. How very sad. The article didn't mention an epi-pen though. We moved here 2 years ago to Hartford, so I am not sure how far you are from us. Are you PA, or do you have children who are? I have a son with PA, and just recently found out my daughter is PA as well. Please feel free to email me. It is nice to meet someone from Wisconsin on here! I would love to pick you brain about your experience with your schools, if you have PA kids! Take care, Amy

Posted on: Wed, 02/11/2004 - 12:48am
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Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Heres the article... What I found the oddest was the mom saying he was allergic to hazelnuts, but not peanuts. No relevance, if he died from hazelnuts. Regardless, a tragedy, and I feel for the mom and the family... [img][/img]
Published - Tuesday, February 10, 2004
Logan student dies of nut allergy
By ANASTASIA MERCER / La Crosse Tribune
A Logan High School senior described as a fine student with a "talent for rapping" died Sunday after having an allergic reaction to candy that contained hazelnuts. Advertisement
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Chris Clements, 17, was sledding with friends at a Minnesota cabin when he had a fatal asthma attack triggered by the nut-laced candy, said his mother, Jacquie Swan.
Swan said her son was allergic to some nuts, but not peanuts. She said an autopsy is being performed.
Swan said Chris' friends told her he tried his inhaler when breathing became difficult, but it didn't help. Friends performed CPR until a helicopter arrived to take him to a hospital, but he "couldn't come out of it, I guess," she said.
Chris was a "really intelligent kid" who was taking honors-level courses at Logan in preparation for college, Swan said. Chris was accepted by the University of Minnesota, but considered that his "back-up plan" in case he couldn't get into school in Austin, Texas, his mother said.
"He wanted to get out of the cold weather," Swan said.
Swan said she was concerned about her son going to college so far away, but he convinced her his asthma was improving. He told her he wasn't going to let a lack of money or asthma stop him from reaching his dreams, she said.
Chris also had "a talent for rapping," Swan said. That was evident at Logan's first-ever "Mr. Ranger" contest in December 2002, when Chris was runner-up for his performance, "The No. 1 Ranger," said Principal Scott Mihalovic.
Mihalovic said Chris' performance was so entertaining and popular among students, he was invited to perform it again during a basketball game half-time show.
Mihalovic said students were told of Chris' death Monday morning. Guidance counselors were available for students who needed to talk.
"I think the students are dealing with it together," Mihalovic said.
Chris has three sisters, one a freshman at Logan, and two brothers.
Anastasia Mercer can be reached at (608) 791-8256 or [email][/email].

Posted on: Wed, 02/11/2004 - 12:54am
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Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

Amy2...I live in Watertown...very close to you! My almost 3 year old is the one with PA, so I haven't has do deal with school yet. My email is [email][/email].
My older daughter is in Kindergarten w/o PA.

Posted on: Wed, 02/11/2004 - 3:10am
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Jason, this is very sad, but I found the same oddities in the article that you did. No Epi-pen. Why mention peanuts, but okay if you do I guess.
What also troubles me, and certainly not only because a young man is dead is that it is considered an asthma attack death, not anaphylactic. The Mother, did she okay the article? Also, made mention of how "his asthma" was getting better.
Yes, but death by asthma and death by anaphylaxis are two different things, are they not? Yes, more likely to die if you do have asthma. Yes, certainly the symptoms may only have involved breathing problems to the point where the young man is dead (thus, asthmatics who carry Epi-pens or have them administered in ambulances).
It is an allergy related death, which, to me, in some way, is different than an asthma related death.
Does that make sense?
Very tragic regardless. And again, no mention of Epi-pen (not trying to blame the victim [img][/img] ) but much emphasis on his asthma rather than his tree nut allergy. Odd. [img][/img]
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 02/11/2004 - 3:19am
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Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

I will keep you updated as more info comes out!

Posted on: Wed, 02/11/2004 - 11:50pm
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Joined: 06/08/2000 - 09:00

I think technically asthma is breathing difficulty caused by restricted airways, and an asthma attack can be caused by any number of triggers, including an allergy to food. Anaphylaxis is the manifestation of allergic reactions in more than one system in the body. So technically you can have a really minor anaphylactic reaction--like my husband who gets excema and minor wheezing from oak pollen. In this tragic case, it sounds as if the asthma may have been the only symptom of the allergic reaction to hazelnuts, so while it was a death caused by food allergy, it was actually the asthma that killed him. Sort of like no one dies of cancer--but you first have cancer that causes any number of other problems eventually leading to one that kills you, like heart failure.
Given the huge amount of confusion over when to prescribe an epi-pen (which I think should just be standard issue for anyone with any history of a food allergy, regardless of the severity of the reactions) and when to administer the Epi-pen, it's not surprising that we hear stories like this. It's very possible that when this boy was first taken to his doctor with wheezing caused by eating a nut, his doctor said something to the effect of "it's just asthma; avoid his asthma triggers and keep an albuterol inhaler around for when he has symptoms." People don't realize the seriousness of asthma, I think even more often than they don't realize the seriousness of food allergies.
That reference to not being allergic to peanuts seems kind of odd, but then, I imagine that I'd be pretty damn incoherent if my son just died. She could have stuck it in simply because that's her standard line when asked about her son's allergies; I do the opposite: "Claire is allergic to peanuts, which aren't really nuts, so she's fine with tree nuts."
In any event, it's very sad and my heart goes out to his family.

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 12:26pm
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Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

My thoughts on the reference to peanuts were that since peanut allergies get more press than others, maybe the interviewer asked if he was allergic to peanuts.
Here's a reference to this death with more info about food anaphylaxis:
[This message has been edited by Jana R (edited February 12, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 12:55pm
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

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