Going for my first blood draw

Posted on: Wed, 06/13/2007 - 4:18am
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I have a confession.

I have never been allergy tested.

I just go by what I have feared.

Being allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, also, kiwi.

I have in the past ate something with possible x-contamination, and felt some reactions come on.

This did not happen until 2002-2003 when I was pregnant with my 1st, my DD.

Since then, I started to avoid peanuts nad nuts.

Never really was into reading labels, only looked at the product to make sure it didn't look like any peanuts or tree nuts were in it.

Since then, I've developed horrible panic and anxiety disorders.

I have myself fully convinced that I AM alleric to pn/tn/kiwi. But now I feel myself telling myself I'm also allergic to shellfish. So going to the grocery store is even more of a hassle.

I have never been allergy tested, just went by what I *thought/felt*

I finally hit rock bottom last night and realized I'm losing weight because of how strict I am on foods. Even if people on here are eating something and they are pronounced SAFE, I hesitate to eat it. I guess I can't wrap my mind around the actualality that things from Kelloggs is completely safe. Do they *really* have that many "safe" lines? I have huge doubts.

So, I finally called the allergist in my town. I don't know how well his work is, but I've had it. I'm sick of being afraid to eat anything. I keep picturing myself having an attack at my wedding/reception.

I want this cured, not technically cured. But, I want to know if I AM allergic to peanuts/tree nuts.

So I called, I go in for a blood test today.

They are testing for pn/tn, kiwi, and the top 8. Leaving enviromental alone for now. I can deal with seasonal allergies.

This is to the point where I am literally driving myself INSANE about this. I woke up this am with a phleghmy throat, watery eyes, and a small cough. Of course, what do you think I blamed it on? FOOD. I haven't had anything abnormal. I had hotdogs (oscar mayer, I've ate them FOREVER), ketchup, mustard (Heinz and Frenchs) and wonder bread.. all have had forever.

Then I looked around. People who I live with, have bad colds, hmm. So, not so allergy related at all.

I'm now suspecting pollen now or their cold.

I just needed to let all that out. I probably sound like a psycho now, but I feel a little better.

So what should I expect at the blood draw? Is it just like any other blood draw?

I told them I do not want TOUCHED with any type of nut or anything like that. I refuse right now. I'm not in the best menatl state for it yet.

I'm summing this up to:

PollenCast: Jun 13-14
Click pollen name for past conditions and pollen season.

Type Today Tomorrow
Tree Moderate Moderate
Grass Very High Very High
Weed None None

Posted on: Wed, 06/13/2007 - 4:51am
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yes, I think it would be best that you get in. Mention to your allergist the fear of food that is haunting you, I do think(IMO) that you need to see a counselor or psych to work through this fear. It's going to get worse(it sounds it already) and you can't do this alone. Since you are prego, I worry, please turn to someone for some support. Food is not the enemy.
The blood draw will be easy, they don't have food it the lab, so don't worry there...you are worrying about things you shouldn't, not healthy. Get the blood draw done and wait for your results. Are you prepared if the peanuts come back negative? Will you make an appt with the allergist to discuss the issue more? Let us know how it goes, but please take care of yourself.....HUGS
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)
Foster Mom to
Cody-10 (seasonal/environmental allergies)
Jordan-6 (also seasonal and environmental)

Posted on: Wed, 06/13/2007 - 5:00am
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Oh, I'm *NOT* pregnant, lol!
I found out with my first pregnancy, that I *thought* I was allergic.
I'm prepared for positive, obviously. But I don't know how I'll feel if it IS negative. Part of me wants to go out and eat a PB cup, but another part of me wants to keep avoiding it because I know how bad it is for some. I just feel eager to know what the results are.

Posted on: Wed, 06/13/2007 - 5:19am
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I applaud you for taking this step!!
The blood draw should be the same as for any medical test.
You will be better off knowing the results - even if you have several food allergies.

Posted on: Wed, 06/13/2007 - 5:27am
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oh, sorry about that!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
with my pregnancies I had a hard time eating pb because it caused HORRIBLE heart burn, but being allergic never crossed my mind. I hope you're not, but you never know, right. If you did find out it was negative you would still worry about eating it though right?? My 6yr old is allergic, but I love it and will eat it when he is not around(I had a pb-cup spoon bender at Good Times). I think being allergic is one thing, but fearing you are is another. I think getting the blood test will do some good, whichever way it turns out. I just worry, sorry, I don't even know you, but your little list of food in your other thread really worries me. I hope you're not afraid to eat. My peanut allergic son eats alot of stuff! It's never been hard to find him food, I make stuff, we order out, he eats just like the rest of us.
examples....
breakfast... cereal, pop tarts, Krispy Kreme, yogurt, pancakes(made with apple sauce becaus eof egg allergy).....
Lunch....turkey and peperonni sandwiches, grilled cheese, turkey hotdogs(or reg hotdogs), chix nuggets, taco's, quesadilla's, burritos, spaghetti and sausage, mac&cheese, pizza(we make or order), he also eats hot lunch stuff at school(most of what I mentioned above, I've read the labels)...
dinner....alot of above, McDonalds, Wendy's, Burger King, Subway.....turkey burgers or beef burger son the grill, steak, chix, ham, pork chops etc...
snacks... icecream, Cheese Nips, Special K bars, popsicles, fruit chewies, popcorn, Yogo's, rice crispie treats, Wheat thins, cheese and crackers(we slice ourselves)....I could really go on and on......
Would maybe seeing a nutritionist help with some food ideas? maybe the alelrgist can refer one that they use for food allergy patients??? Good luck!
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)
Foster Mom to
Cody-10 (seasonal/environmental allergies)
Jordan-6 (also seasonal and environmental)

Posted on: Wed, 06/13/2007 - 9:07am
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WELL, that was a waste of time!
I am apalled at the treatment I got today. First they couldn't figure out the profile for kiwi and almonds, walnuts etc.
The waiting was fine for me, except my 11 mo old was getting a bit impatient, as was DF.
We saw a lab tech come out to the desk, she looked like Miss Snobby Pants, hoping I didn't get her.
Later, she called me back. Turns out I DID get her.
I asked how many viles was going to get taken, I am anemic. Turns out, 3 big ones, and 4 small.
I told her I didn't each much today (my fault), I knew I would pass out or get really weak and asked her if I could do half the catagorys today and come back next week or even tomorrow.
She continued to wipe the alcohol on my arm, and I told her, "I REALLY DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD DO THIS TODAY, I'M ANEMIC AND I KNOW I WILL GET SICK.", she had the band already tied around my arm. I said it again. She then says "I'm JUST DOING MY JOB, I DON'T THINK YOU CAN COME BACK AND GET IT DONE LATER (something along those lines, I was so steamed I can't remember the exact words). I said it again, and she had the need --this close-- to my arm, and she wripped, LITERALLY, wripped the band off, threw it, stormed away saying she'd call and ask the DR, while walking away she mumbled it. I got up walked to the waiting room, and basically pronounced how mad I was to DF, got the baby and stormed off.
I was telling him all about it through the halls. I've never been treated so ROTTEN in a HEALTH establishment at all. And to think I've had three babies in this hospital.
I called and talked to the other lab lady about her. She said she definitely will tell the supervisor. And if I want to come back something when she is there(the NICE lady) she assured me SHE would do the test and will not be rude, haha!
So I had to share and I'm sorry for the typos and such I'm STILL sOOOOO mad!

Posted on: Wed, 06/13/2007 - 10:49am
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I would encourage you to go back and get it done as soon as you can. It will be ten days to two weeks before you know anything after that, and I know you want to know the results before your wedding.
I can see why your family may not have been taking this seriously. You need to have results for your peace of mind--but also so that you can give your family something a bit more quantifiable than "I just feel I am allergic."
I'm glad they're throwing in a shellfish panel. If you're not allergic to shellfish, it really opens up so much more for you in terms of eating out.
And if you are not allergic to pn, by all means, go out and enjoy foods that contain it once your anxiety allows it. If my DS could enjoy a Reeses cup I'd sure want him to.
If you are in fact allergic (and perhaps even if you aren't) I would recommend seeing someone to help you get this anxiety under control. The person you see might not understand food allergies but should still be able to help you work through some of the anxiety issues. I think you would feel better and feel healthier all around. And that would be healthier for your children.
Good luck with your blood test. Eat up before hand! Keep us posted. We'll be thinking of you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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