Trying to cope; my son went into anaphylaxis yesterday

Posted on: Fri, 10/28/2011 - 7:20am
nicksmom4's picture
Joined: 10/28/2011 - 14:09

Yesterday I got a call from my son's school around 12, and they left a message saying my son was gagging a little bit and said he felt like he had to "puke". They said he went to the bathroom and came out feeling better. My son is autistic, and 13, just for some background to the story. Anyway I got this message around 12 30. I called the nurse a couple times but she was at lunch. I couldnt get ahold of the teacher, I found out later there was a substitute in that day. Anyway, I was a little while away from home, but started to head to the school anyway. Around 110 I finally got through to the office who put me in to the nurse. The nurse said my son was there, but seemed congested, runny nose, etc. And hives. So they gave him benadryl. She told me that yes, I should come get him , he seemed uncomfortable. So I got there around 120 maybe? And as soon as I saw him I KNEW. His eyes were bright red. He was completely covered in hives. He was shaking, and he had massive swelling developing in his neck and arms - you could literally see it happening. My son had never reacted like this before but i knew what it was. He could barely talk and I said "he's in anaphylaxis! He needs his epi pen!" They administered it while i called 911. This was one of the worst experiences of my life. (we wont even go into how terrified my son was of course!) The worst part was the shaking ..he was just staring at me and shaking , and so swollen. Within 5 minutes of the epi he could talk again and I knew he would make it. But without that epi pen, I knew he was done, and I am having a hard time with what I saw, and dont know. My head isnt a fun place to be right now.

He is fine now. He got epi via IV in the ambulance, and steroids, breathing treatment, etc at the hospital. We were home in about 4 hours. He is on round the clock steroids and benadryl now for the next couple days. We have an appt with the allergist for follow up in the morning.

I just wanted to share my story. I am pretty badly shaken. But Thank God for epipens!!

Posted on: Fri, 10/28/2011 - 7:25am
nicksmom4's picture
Joined: 10/28/2011 - 14:09

just a follow up to- my son is severely peanut allergic class 6 off the charts. has a personal aide with him at all times with his meds as well. we are unsure of where the exposure came from right now.

Posted on: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 2:24am
cervonil's picture
Joined: 04/28/2010 - 12:30

oh I'm so sorry! That is so scary. It will take both of you some time to get over something like that. Yes, thank God for Epi pens. I think they need some more training, because it sounds like his epi-pen should have been administered before you got there given his signs and symptoms. Once you recooperate I think that should be dealt with. So glad he is ok now. Hugs to both of you!

Posted on: Sat, 11/26/2011 - 6:11am
Smeralda's picture
Joined: 11/26/2011 - 13:02

Some vaccines contain peanut oil as a hidden ingredient and this can cause for children previously to be fine to develop sudden allergies. Please read this:
What peanuts have in common with vaccines is something that very few healthcare consumers and medical doctors may be aware of: Peanut oil is a hidden and non-stated ingredient in the manufacture of children’s vaccines. This was brought to light in a 2010 court case wherein parents were accused of Shaken Baby Syndrome; had their child taken from them and placed in foster care for almost eight months; and Harold E. Buttram, MD, presented corroborating medical information to the court regarding the anaphylactic reaction the six-month old baby boy experienced resulting in tremendous swelling and pressure of the brain.
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Posted on: Sun, 11/27/2011 - 4:36am
peanutskill's picture
Joined: 10/26/2011 - 18:18

My daughter had an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts that put her in the hospital for 13 days. 7 days of which she was on mechanical ventilation. Her reaction caused total respiratory failure. Let me tell you about Peanut Free. It is next to impossible. Even if the school does not allow peanut products not everybody is going to listen. And even the ones who do....may eat peanut stuff before school and there is no telling how long the peanut protein stays in the spit and lord forbid they dont wash thier hands. It is scary. I am trying to work on a peanut dog, cause my docs have pretty much said they dont believe she would survive another exposure. I went 8 years after diagnosis with 1 cross contamination and either another cross contamination or she freaked out cause she thought was cross contaminated and gave herself symtoms (not sure)the school threw away the offending food and told me they werent sure what was going on. it tells a little of her story and you can contact me through the site, feel free to use the picture of my daughter on a ventilator to your advantage.

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