Don\'t You Get Nervous Every Time You Get Invited Somewhere?

Posted on: Tue, 07/10/2001 - 12:55am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

I received an invitations yesterday to a family christening in Middleboro, Massachusetts, which is over an hour away from my house. I just called the hostess and told her about my son's allergy but I was shaking the whole time I was on the phone with her. She asked me what she should do to accomodate the allergy. I said please don't have any cocktail nuts around or peanut butter and I'll take care of the rest by bringing his own food. She said that's fine. She's going to order some food from a local place and she'll mention to them that one of her guests has an allergy. I told her how much I appreciate that. I checked out the nearest hospital on the internet and it's about 25 minutes away from their house. What more can I do? I just get so nervous when we get invited anywhere.

Posted on: Tue, 07/10/2001 - 2:10am
LaurensMom's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

Yes Heather, I do get nervous every time we get invited somewhere. I know exactly what you are going through. But, in the same sense, PB found my daughter 2 weeks ago (minor reaction) in our own neighborhood. My motto...if it is going to find her, it will. All I can do is my best to reduce the obvious and even some no-so-obvious risks and be prepared for an emergency. Sounds like you did just that. I hope all goes well.
Let us know.
P.S. Oh, a thought just came to about calling the local rescue squad to make sure they carry epi-pens. I think now they have to in MA, correct? You might even call again just before leaving for the event and let them know it's a large family gathering and the address. I know our local rescue squad likes to have info like this on hand. I felt silly (like I was over-reacting) first time I did this but was quickly re-assured by a very nice EMT that I did the correct thing.

Posted on: Tue, 07/10/2001 - 5:01am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Yes, I get "nuts" everytime we are invited somewhere. Last year we were invited to a family wedding about 2 hours from home and I spent the week before we left totally unable to sleep. It's times like this when I realize how this dominates our lives.

Posted on: Tue, 07/10/2001 - 7:13am
momomom's picture
Joined: 06/22/2001 - 09:00

My only peace with PA is at HOME! HOME SWEET-SAFE HOME!
Leaving the home, I always carry lots of BABY WIPES and take food for my own son. I carefully observe the "Pot-luck" dishes, etc. or MENU ingredients to be sure that he or we, his family, will not be ingesting or coming into contact with PEANUTS ourselves. I wipe down the highchair or area that my baby son will be sitting. My prayer to God is that any trace of Peanut or any other of his food allergy tracings...have been taken care of through the Baby Wipes. (not that I think Baby wipes work miraculously, but it helps me to relax a little!)
With 24 nieces and nephews on one side of our family, that is the main place that I find myself having difficulty relaxing. (or church nursery) The kid's or Aunts and Uncles in the past have found it to be a SWEET THING to do to pass out goodies to the kids or to each other. This is where my concern lies especially while my baby son who is only 14 months old cannot relay to anyone else or remind them of his PA.
I'm thinking that even though others do not have to or chose not to support me in this that the only solution is to pray that God will give me the strength to face the challenges that are set before me daily.
Wouldn't it be cool to have a little remote Island that we could all visit when we left home that was PEANUT FREE!
Peanut free Grocery shopping carts.
Peanut free PEANUTS!
Peanut free air!
Peanut free thinking!
If only in our dreams...until then...
"There's no place like HOME!"

Posted on: Tue, 07/10/2001 - 7:22am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I know what you mean about how this thing can dominate our lives. I try to control as many variables as I can, carry enough epi's to get my son to a hospital, (not relying on paramedics to have what he needs), knowing where the hospitals are and the driving times, and basically doing my homework to not freak out.
Control what you can, and be prepared for what you can't.
Stay well,

Posted on: Fri, 07/27/2001 - 1:09pm
PAGirl's picture
Joined: 08/14/2000 - 09:00

I have never had an anaphalactic reaction, but I get REALLY nervous when I am invited ANYWHERE!I hate sleeping over at friends house, especially, and I NEVER eat ANYTHING at anyone else's house. Even when I was 8, and hardly cared about my PA (I didn't ask if my Easter egg chocolate had peanuts in it, I didn't read the labels or anything! [img][/img] )I was uncomfortable being away from home. It's just natural, I think, to feel that way, when we're away from the safety of our home, PA or not.

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