Do You Have Gut Instinct When It Comes to PA?

Posted on: Sat, 02/22/2003 - 3:10pm
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Do you have gut instinct when it comes to PA?
Do you trust your gut instinct? If so, could you outline the different scenarios where gut instinct has played a part re PA? And, an extension of that, do you feel your child's other parent also has that gut instinct?

Given the lateness of this post, I'm going to give my outline of scenarios tomorrow. Or else, I may go into babble speak, as I often do at this hour, and no one will want to partake in the discussion in this thread. My babble speak can be frightening and to tell you the truth, when I start repeating whole posts, frightening.

I do have gut instinct when it comes to PA.
I also trust my gut instinct when it comes to PA. I do not think that Jesse's Father has it.

Does that mean it's a Mother thing?

The scenarios with which I have trusted my gut, I will post tomorrow. Just wondering if there is anyone else out there like me (re this stuff [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] )

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Sun, 02/23/2003 - 12:57am
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Yes It is a gut instinct I have .
I also think it is stronger in Mothers then Father.
At least it is in me.
It is such a strong gut instinct with me.
When a doc tells you not to put her in that class it just backs up the gut instict.
Some times its so strong I want to throw up
when people don't get it,or don't have a clue.
Love this site
synthia

Posted on: Sun, 02/23/2003 - 5:46am
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Gut instinct with PA? Well, no. I have noticed though that now I don't eat them, I can smell them a mile away, and tell if a dish has them in it.
But I do have a very strong gut instinct with certain people that are around my kid, and whether I want my son to be around them or not. It may go back to when DH was contracting for Social Services and we had street kids living with us...but I can tell what sort of people I don't want near my kid very quickly. I can't explain it, but I'm almost always right, and it's a gut feeling I get. It's not judgemental, it's not the appearance that tips me off, it's just....a feeling I get.

Posted on: Sun, 02/23/2003 - 9:56am
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KarenH
Boy are you right on the smell thing.
My 6 1/2 yo DD came home from school on Valentines day and as soon has we started to open card from school I could smell the PB I told my DH Ismell PB he said I don't.I said I know its here.
As we went through the cards there was one Mr
good bar,and a sepeart treat bag twiste tied
I opened and there it was 2 not one but 2 reeses PB cups small you know bite size.
I took them out and put them in a zip lock bag and told DD she could eat them later.
She started to cry,she said she did not won't
them.I washed my hands.It is so strong how you nose can pick up on the PB smell.
Love this site
Synthia

Posted on: Mon, 02/24/2003 - 3:58am
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I had a strong intuition my son should stay away for peanuts before we even knew he was PA. I remember looking at that jar of PB on the shelf as soon as he turned one and thinking to myself, "well, I guess I can give that to him now." Well I just couldn't. I can't explain it, I just knew. We knew of no history of food allergies; no indication this would be the case. He'd actually had a bit of PB once at daycare at 6 months or so (mistake that we were told about) and had had no reaction. But I just knew. I told my mother-in-law he hadn't had PB yet; that I wasn't giving it to him. But at 14 months, when I was out of the house, she gave him some. Luckily I came home about 10 minutes later and she told me. I remember the chill that ran through me and telling her, "Well, we'll just watch him." She looked at me like I was nuts. Sure enough, full hives about 10 minutes later. I started reading the baby books on food allergies and when I heard the wheezing, I threw him in the car and drove as fast as I could watching him in the rear view mirror as his face swelled and he began to cough. Urgent Care (it was a Sunday) gave multiple shots, steroids, oxygen, nebs, the whole bit. Sent us to the hospital in an ambulance. They saved his life. Now I'm grateful to my mother-in-law -- at least it happened at home and not on a plane or something, and I got home in time and got him to the doc in time (needless to say we'll call 911 next time) and she's become our greatest ally. Yes, I strongly believe in my instinct -- I've had it with our other son with different medical issues. My husband's is not so strong but he puts more trust in mine as time goes on.

Posted on: Tue, 03/11/2003 - 2:38am
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Yes, I do have an instinct, before my son had his first reaction my hubby was giving him nutter butter cookies and i told him it wasnt a good idea, that we didnt know if he was allergic to them, but he didnt react, then he had a bite of a girl scout cookie and had a strong reaction. His second ingestion was while we were at church for a bible study, and the normal nursery workers were not there, it was a couple of older ladies, but I knew he was safe because i buy the nursery snacks, what i didnt know was that the ladies had brought a treat for the kids, but for some reason i got up and went to the nursery and he had a nutter butter in his hand and had taken only one bite. we left immediatly and went to the ER, my only regret is that i was too chicken to give him an epi, i thought that if we went straight to the ER he would be ok, and if his symptoms got bad enough i would pull over. lucky for me his symptoms didnt get bad, but the ER did yell at me never to wait again.

Posted on: Wed, 03/12/2003 - 8:02am
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Yes, I definitely have "the sense" about it... it isn't just about food, though I get it about food items, too... but also about situations, other people (you know them- the peanut butter people... they follow you when you are in public places [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] )
I think it developed over time, and my DH definitely does NOT have it. I know when dd is experiencing a PN reaction and not a reaction to something else (eggs/ environmentals). I see the very first signs- always. (And pay attention even when other people don't even notice them... that is becuase I know we only have 5-10 minutes before we need to go to the ER if she's going to "go")
My DH is in awe of my ability to detect a wadded up/sunbleached Reese's wrapper at forty yards on a playground. (Just kidding- its really more like four meters.) He has made mistakes that I would not have- not because of poor judgement, but because of the Zen thing, as he puts it. I get burned once in a while with egg cross-contamination, but not with PN. Not if I listen to that little voice (which I have ignored a couple of times - to our peril).
I think part of it (not all- how do I know better than my DH what food is OK?) is that dd is so sensitive that I notice she becomes nervous/agitated in situations/places where there are contact/aerosol traces of PN around. Maybe becuase I spend so much time with her I am in tune with that. I can tell you that my sense of smell for PN is also formidable! I can tell what kind of oil a restaurant fries in from the smell... PN has a distinctive odor- like a Chinese restaurant... (but of course Thai and Indian places use it too)...
Anyway, off topic, I know. I know that when my sense tells me to, I don't let my dd out of my sight (the better to see your hives, my pretty...) whereas I certainly do in other situations.

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2003 - 2:50am
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Yep, I do. But dd is much better than mine. She can sense if a food or outing will be safe. I have told her to always listen to her gut. There have been times she hasn't and she had a reaction.

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2003 - 6:23am
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I had a gut feeling that my Dd wasn't pa. Her brother is and we have always kept her away from pb. We did a food challange on her and now I'm not so sure. She will have another food challange and testing done in the next 2 weeks. I guess I'll find out. Keeping my fingers crossed.rj

Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 7:35am
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Simply re-raising. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 11/22/2003 - 10:15am
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I love this topic, because it is so mysterious and amazing. I had a feeling my son might be allergic to peanuts. I have no explanation for what made me feel that way (no family history, no special knowledge about allergies), but I specifically avoided giving him peanuts when he was young, even though I had given my older child peanut butter at 12 months and she was eating it every day.
I have had several other mysterious premonitions, all regarding my children. I generally don't believe in the supernatural, but I do believe in mother's intuition.
A few weeks before my second child was stillborn, I had a terrible, vivid dream that she was strangled in a cave. It was not a normal dream. I knew it was something unusual because it felt too real and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I think somehow it prepared me for what happened. In my dream she was 19 years old and my husband and I were lifting her into a casket and she was so heavy. I kept saying, "It's too hard, I can't do it." And my husband said (this gives me chills, remembering): "I'll help you. We can do it together." She was barefoot and I kept looking at her feet and thinking she was barefoot like a newborn. Isn't that amazing. I still can't believe I had that dream.
Before my son was born, I had the same type of dream, but in this one, someone had stepped on his head and his head was damaged--it wasn't bloody, but there was a big dent. I thought it meant he would be mentally disabled and I was very worried, especially because the earlier dream came true. But a few days after that dream, I had an ultrasound that detected his cleft lip and cleft palate.
So when I started having the "feeling" that he shouldn't eat peanuts, I paid attention. I was amazed, just astounded, when it turned out the feeling was correct.
Something really strange goes on between mothers and their children. We share the same body for a few months, and I wonder if that has anything to do with it. But I'm not sure, because adoptive mothers might experience the same kinds of things, so it might be emotional, not physical. I'm not sure.
Wow, now everyone will think I'm crazy.

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