Hello everyone

Posted on: Sun, 01/08/2006 - 9:29am
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Hello there!

I am new to the boards, but not new to my PA. I never knew there was a support group for people like me. I was diagnosed when I was 5 years old when I had a reation to roasted almonds. I am now 32 years old and my reactions are still severe. I carry an EPI Pen everywhere I go.

Last Father's Day my daughter gave me a cookie for desert that she had bought. It was in the same bag as another cookie she got for my dad. (which of course had nuts in it) I took one bite and I had a severe reaction almost instantly. I ran to the car where my epi-pen was, used it, and still was having a reaction. I drove to the local fire station where I was taken to the emergency room.

I have learned to live with my PA. I keep my EPI with me at all times. I am careful of what I eat and what places I go eat out at. I have learned to live with this, but it sure gets hard sometimes. I am just glad there is a place that I can come to for support now.

Thanks for setting up this board!

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Mark Welch

Posted on: Sun, 01/08/2006 - 11:53am
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Welcome aboard. I'm an adult with PA, which I have lived with all my life (42yrs). I think it is great to have adults posting here as it gives hope those who have children with PA that you can live with PA (& other allergies). My DD also has PA but has not had any major reactions yet (hives around mouth and then tested positive to skin test). I think this due to me being aware of food allergies and avoiding p/n and then when I thought she may have inherited PA I had her tested.

Posted on: Sun, 01/08/2006 - 11:49pm
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Hi Mark,
Welcome to the board.
I have adult onset allergies to peanuts and sesame seeds.
I agree with Lisa - having adults that have grown up with pa is very heartening for many parents. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Take a look around the different forums. You might find something safe that you didn't even know about.
I hope the fire station wasn't far. You really should have just called 9-1-1 rather then driving yourself. Glad you had your epi with you though

Posted on: Mon, 01/09/2006 - 12:26pm
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Hi Mark - welcome to the board, Im so glad you found us. It has been such a tremendous source of support and information for our family. Pretty soon you'll be addicted to it - I spend alot of time here every day !

Posted on: Mon, 01/09/2006 - 1:03pm
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Thanks for the responses!
Yes, the fire station was not too far, (about 3 blocks from where I was) I knew calling 911 and waiting for them to get to me, would take longer. I work at the fire station a couple times a month (I am a volunteer E.M.T.) so they know my condition. It was nice having someone I know taking care of me.
As for having the epi with me... I did go through a stage of not carriing it, but I read something in the newspaper about someone having a severe reaction at a local resturaunt. After that, I ordered a new one.... well three actually... one at work, one at home and one I carry all the time. Sure did come in handy that day!
I hope to be getting some good information from the boards and to make new friends!
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Mark Welch

Posted on: Mon, 01/09/2006 - 8:16pm
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Quote:Originally posted by markwelch:
[b]Thanks for the responses!
Yes, the fire station was not too far, (about 3 blocks from where I was) I knew calling 911 and waiting for them to get to me, would take longer. I work at the fire station a couple times a month (I am a volunteer E.M.T.) so they know my condition. It was nice having someone I know taking care of me.
[/b]
weren't you afraid the folks at the station might be out on a call? (I mean, pertinent people) My husband works at one of nine stations in a district. Dispatch covers the territory around them based on who's where at any given time. And if they are busy, there's always "mutual aid", or so I understand. I might be wrong.
It's sorta a _____ shoot if I just drop by with the cubbies [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img] to say "hello". Even if I "phone first", it still might be. Sometimes there's not a vehicle, including an ambulance, in the bay. I mean, even if one of the employees at the firestation were to experience a life threatening event, I'm assuming they would be transported (with appropriate care enroute) to the most appropriate facility. KWIM? Can you imagine? The possibility that a firestation need call an ambulance to transport one of their own working at the time. Or maybe I'm way off. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I might be wrong, I'm not a fireman or a paramedic, just married to one. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Just wondering. I don't know. It's not like my husband talks about work all day when he gets home. You know, strong, silent type: "What's for dinner? er.......breakfast? House looks nice. What are we doing today? Did you (fill in the blank) like I asked you to do?......Good. Thanks...[i]are we out of "regular" again?????[/i]"
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 01/29/2006 - 9:03am
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The fire station always has personnel assigned to the station who do not respond to any calls... all certified firemen and EMTs. They do this just in case someone walks in for a minor emergency, or the occasional blood pressure check. So, I knew there would be at least one person there... but I know what you are saying... most fire stations do not have this and is it a shot in the dark if they are there or not.
Thanks for the post!
Stay safe!
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Mark Welch

Posted on: Sun, 01/08/2006 - 11:53am
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Welcome aboard. I'm an adult with PA, which I have lived with all my life (42yrs). I think it is great to have adults posting here as it gives hope those who have children with PA that you can live with PA (& other allergies). My DD also has PA but has not had any major reactions yet (hives around mouth and then tested positive to skin test). I think this due to me being aware of food allergies and avoiding p/n and then when I thought she may have inherited PA I had her tested.

Posted on: Sun, 01/08/2006 - 11:49pm
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Hi Mark,
Welcome to the board.
I have adult onset allergies to peanuts and sesame seeds.
I agree with Lisa - having adults that have grown up with pa is very heartening for many parents. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
***********
Take a look around the different forums. You might find something safe that you didn't even know about.
I hope the fire station wasn't far. You really should have just called 9-1-1 rather then driving yourself. Glad you had your epi with you though

Posted on: Mon, 01/09/2006 - 12:26pm
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Joined: 02/11/2005 - 09:00

Hi Mark - welcome to the board, Im so glad you found us. It has been such a tremendous source of support and information for our family. Pretty soon you'll be addicted to it - I spend alot of time here every day !

Posted on: Mon, 01/09/2006 - 1:03pm
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Joined: 01/07/2006 - 09:00

Thanks for the responses!
Yes, the fire station was not too far, (about 3 blocks from where I was) I knew calling 911 and waiting for them to get to me, would take longer. I work at the fire station a couple times a month (I am a volunteer E.M.T.) so they know my condition. It was nice having someone I know taking care of me.
As for having the epi with me... I did go through a stage of not carriing it, but I read something in the newspaper about someone having a severe reaction at a local resturaunt. After that, I ordered a new one.... well three actually... one at work, one at home and one I carry all the time. Sure did come in handy that day!
I hope to be getting some good information from the boards and to make new friends!
------------------
Mark Welch

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