Did You Know About Anaphylaxis Before PA Entered Your Life?

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 8:22am
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Did you know about anaphylaxis before PA entered your life specifically?

I have never been afraid to admit here that I have been ignorant. Ignorance and denial almost cost my PA son his life.

Before PA entered my life, I didn't know about anaphylaxis.

(The reason I thought of this question is because I post a lot in Media about different TV shows I see where PA is mentioned. I'm wondering if it's a new thing that's happening on TV or if it's just something that I've started to notice on TV since PA entered my life just over 6 years ago - I actually think it is a new thing on TV - not that it was NEVER mentioned before, but not as common as now).

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Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 8:31am
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Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

I too was ignorant! I did know people could die of bee stings (the movie "My Girl") but didn't really know what anaphylaxis was. I certainly didn't know that people could die from allergic reactions to foods, or that allergic reactions to foods were even that serious!
Trevor 8/6/01
Harmony 1/22/03
Baby #3 due sometime in June2004!

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 9:29am
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Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 10:39am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Yes, I knew. My brother had(has?) a bee sting allergy and had an epipen when he worked landscaping for a summer as a teen. Just have known generally in relation to various allergies, but did not know of the severity of peanut/nut allergies specifically. Heard tell of accounts of severe seafood/shellfish reactions in my life. becca

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 10:49am
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Joined: 05/06/2003 - 09:00

Yes, just about a year before we found out my daughter had PA, my dad had a mystery anaphylactic reaction during the middle of the night. He had not eaten for hours; but he stumbled downstairs with blood pressure dropping in full anaphylaxis, and luckily, knocked over (and destroyed) a floor lamp on his way passing out to the ground, and it woke my mother up upstairs and she got an ambulance. They rushed him to ER and they got him stabilized - and searched him over for insect bites, the only seemingly likely cause - and never found anything. They DID not test him for allergens and he still has no idea what the cause was. He does carry an Epi Pen. It had not happened before and has not happened since.

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 10:58am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

No, I didn't know.
Well sort of, I guess. I knew one could die from a peanut allergy, but that was it.
And the scariest part?? I, *myself* am anaphylactic to shellfish. And it was only after two years of dealing with my son's PA, that I recognised the symptoms that I went through in my only reaction to date (20 years ago!) Do you think the allergist I saw then did a good job??? NOPE! Although he did insist I could die, he never provided me with any terms, or anything concrete, not even an epi (did they exist 20 years ago?)

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 1:55pm
batrice's picture
Joined: 04/14/2003 - 09:00

i'm sorry to say this now, but before my son had food allergies, i never thought about food allergy once. i didn't know that it was as serious as it is, and knew no one who had it. i didn't know anything about anaphalaxis. i wish i did, because ds first reaction to cashews i now believe was anaphylactic. coughing, crying, hives, facial swelling. dr told me to give benadryl, and thank god that helped and it started to go away. it took 3 months and a different dr to get a referral to an allergist.
mommy to gabriel 11-25-00
who is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, eggs, grape, potato, rice, soybean, and tomato
and michael 6-16-03
exclusively breastfed
step mom to:
isaiah 06-18-96
rebekah 09-13-97

Posted on: Sun, 11/23/2003 - 4:35am
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Joined: 09/23/2003 - 09:00

No I didn't know a thing about food allergies, infact I breast feed and ate peanutbutter all the time, couldn't figure out why his ezcema was so bad at times. I even gave him peanutbutter/jelly sandwich and didn't know why his eyes almost swelled shut, then second time I thought maybe he had a allergy to peanuts??? Finally mentioned it to my doctor and he sent us to a allergist, which clued me in real fast!! Sad thing is this is my fifth child and the only one w/ allergies. Donna

Posted on: Sun, 11/23/2003 - 10:26am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

I had learned about anaphylaxis in university, an immunology class.

Posted on: Sun, 11/23/2003 - 10:57am
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Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00


Posted on: Thu, 11/27/2003 - 11:09pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

child in day nursery had epi-pens, which were kept in the fridge and only one person in the school knew how to use them!!!
(this was in the late 80's.............hmmm wonder if anything has changed?!!!)



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