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Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 10:28am
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erik, have you ever had a reaction to residue? Something that you could not see that got on your hands and then somehow in your body?
As I pointed out in the Santa Claus parade thread, when I spoke with Jesse about what happened, I recognized that hey, if someone had a loaded gun pointed at my head, well, me being me, I would have bloody freaked out as well. And the thing with a loaded gun pointed at my head is the person still has to pull the trigger.
With a peanut product, it *could* be something as simple (if it's simple) as residue or even the bloody smell. For my son anyway.
Cautious. Yes. Empowered. Yes. Responsible. Yes. Anxious. Sometimes, not all the time, depends on the situation.
Hey, it was even you that told me it was okay (basically) how Jesse acted when he was in Toronto. I had actually thought that maybe there was something *wrong* but it was the PA adults who told me that no, when they're away from home, they're just as cautious as Jess was that week.
I don't think Jesse is filled with fear or anxiety. I honestly don't. Chrikey, I'd be the first one shipping him off to the psychiatrist if I saw any signs of that at all.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 10:36am
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Hi Cindy,
No, I never had a residue reaction... so that may be a part of it too... I am more relaxed as my only reactions have been to ingestion or peanut dust in the air (bars/restaurants).
Jesse's reaction was normal.. he had been taken out of his normal environment (Belleville) and tossed into a strange new environment - the big city... and a big parade.. and lots of people... the stress level would have been higher... when I travel, I am the same.. I am more careful than I'd be at home since it is unfamiliar restaurants, new environment, etc..
I have been lucky as I have never had a contact/residue reaction, which may be partly due to my obsessive hand washing practices (I am a paranoid handwasher).. and with SARS here last year, it made me worse! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 10:40am
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Quote:Originally posted by erik:
[b] I am surprised at how much fear that so many PA kids have of peanuts. So many kids seem so scared [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] When I was a child, I knew that as long as I didn't eat the peanut product, I would be fine, so I never freaked out. Maybe my personality is more relaxed?[/b]
Erik, yes, I am surprised, too.
Children learn so much from their parents. Would you say that your parents were relaxed about pa as well?

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 10:47am
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Quote:Originally posted by cyberguy:
[b] Would you say that your parents were relaxed about pa as well?
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My entire family is very relaxed and we have a very stress free family. My parents ensured I did not eat any peanut products. When we went to restaurants, they would always check to ensure it was safe, what type of cooking oil was used, etc. I was able to participate in all activities (sports, baseball games, movies, friend's houses, bowling) with no precautions except for the fact to be VERY CAREFUL about what I ate. Peanut allergy was not well known back then so I had to manage it quite well as there were no peanut free classrooms to keep me safe.
However, they were not aware of cross contamination (neither was I) so I did have several reactions due to trace amounts in baked goods when I was younger... I tightened up my comfort zone in late high school (restrict most baked goods) and this stopped my reactions. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 10:54am
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Quote:Originally posted by erik:
[b] My entire family is very relaxed and we have a very stress free family. My parents ensured I did not eat any peanut products. When we went to restaurants, they would always check to ensure it was safe, what type of cooking oil was used, etc. I was able to participate in all activities (sports, baseball games, movies, friend's houses, bowling) with no precautions except for the fact to be VERY CAREFUL about what I ate. Peanut allergy was not well known back then so I had to manage it quite well as there were no peanut free classrooms to keep me safe. However, they were not aware of cross contamination (neither was I) so I did have several reactions due to trace amounts in baked goods when I was younger... I tightened up my comfort zone in late high school (restrict most baked goods) and this stopped my reactions. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Sounds like you had a very happy upbringing. Glad to hear that. When you had these reactions due to trace amounts would you say that it gave you any type of anxiety or other extreme fears?
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Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 11:09am
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Quote:Originally posted by cyberguy:
[b]When you had these reactions due to trace amounts would you say that it gave you any type of anxiety or other extreme fears?[/b]
I ate a piece of birthday cake for my uncle's birthday.. took a bit of the marzipan and immediate itching of the roof of my mouth... massive hives.. nausea all night....
I was anxious, and from that point on, very nervous about birthday cakes (as you can imagine!). I tightened my comfort zone after that reaction.. I will only eat birthday cakes made in a peanut-free bakery. (ie: A&P / Dominion bakery).
So yes, I was anxious at that time, but not anymore as I just restrict myself to baked goods from peanut-free bakeries.
nore: A&P bakery does use tree nuts, but I am not allergic to tree nuts so that's why it's ok for me [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 12:55pm
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Cyberguy,
I do not live in fear of my child dying becuase of peanut/peanut products.
My child [b]does know that he can die if he ingests peanuts/products [/b].
I am brutally honest with "all" of my children. I do not freak out and his brothers eat peanut butter in front of him without him freaking out.
If he smells peanuts (butter) he'll seek out where it is so that he may stay away from it.
He is touch sensitive (this is how we found out originally that he had the pa). He never ingested a peanut or product of peanuts.
He does not usually freak out when he is near it. He does make sure that his little and big brothers wash up after eating peanut butter.
I do have some "may contain" items in my house as well. He knows what he can have and what he can't. We "do" go to restaurants and ask questions.
I am neither paranoid or high strung about this allergy. I am thankful that this is what he has, because I know how much worse it can be for him. He does all of the normal stuff without "washing/cleaning" everything before he touches it.
Don't assume that because I wrote about one insident of him freaking out that this is a constant thing with him. [b] IT IS NOT![/b]
It has happened a couple of times. My son is 8 years old and does everything that a "normal" 8 year old does.
Skates, bowls, plays basketball, does sleepovers, is on a travel soccer team, plays baseball and uses everyone elses equipment.
So, as you can see, I truly am a very calm person. Blood, broken bones, scrapes, lizards, snakes and even spiders don't freak me out.
The only thing that my children know that freaks me out are bats and that is a totally different subject.
So, please don't assume or presume that you know the type of parents that we are because of how our children might react!!!
I am like my parents cool calm and collect. Oh yeah, and a great single parent to boot.
Renee [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 12:58pm
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Renee11064, thinking tonight as I watched what I could of The Sixth Sense (I do love that movie [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ), there are a couple of other threads that *may* be of interest and helpful to you. However, I'm going to e-mail the links to you rather than post them here and I'll explain to you why. Hope that's okay. Have NEVER conducted business that way before here, but what the he**. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 1:03pm
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oh and he has eaten may contain foods as well too.
There is lots that he can't have because of all fo the allergies that he has so, once in a whild if I am home with him to watch him (depending on what it is) i'll allow him to eat may contain kit kat bars.
He also eats Turkey Hill ice cream all the time with no trouble. I have always said if the label does not have a warning on it then he is allowed to eat it.
I know that others would not agree with this but like I said because of all of the foods that he is allergic to I'll let him go.
Just wanted to say thanks for all of the supportive threads.
Cyberguy don't mark us as parents becuase of how we post about one particular incident that has happened.
As they say .....Don't judge a book by its cover!!!!
Renee [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 1:09pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Renee111064:
[b]As they say .....Don't judge a book by its cover!!!!
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unless it is the George Bush "famous quotes" book [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

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