Hello from Ann

Posted on: Wed, 01/30/2008 - 9:53pm
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Hi everyone, I'm so very happy to have found this discussion board. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the threads. My 10 year old daughter (only child) is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. She tests in the "extremely high" category to peanuts. She has had two reactions, her first at age two and again at age 3. Thankfully, she has not had any reactions since that time, but we are ever diligent to prevent it. I used to teach at a local college and my daughter attended a private school, but they didn't seem to take her allergy seriously and I was continually afraid that she would have a reaction. I am very thankful that I have been able to quit my teaching job and I am now teaching classes online from home, which makes it possible for me to homeschool my daughter. I don't have to worry as much on a daily basis now, which makes life much better. Of course, issues still come up. For example, my daughter's best friend invited her to go to summer camp with her this summer, but we felt it best for her not to go. I hate for her to miss out on it, but this condition is just too serious and life-threatening to take any chances like that. I don't want unknown people to be in charge of my daughter's food. So many people just don't take it seriously enough, despite efforts to educate them. Anyway, I could go on and on, but I don't want to wear out my welcome before I even start. I'm glad to be here.

Ann

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2008 - 12:16am
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Hi poodles02. My dd will be ten in a few months. She has only had her initial reaction. I still can learn so much more as things always change in regards to pa. There are many people here to share with you.

Posted on: Thu, 01/31/2008 - 10:10am
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Hi SkyMom, thanks for the greeting. I have already learned a lot more about PA just from lurking here and reading posts. It does help to have this kind of support from others going through the same thing.

Posted on: Sat, 02/02/2008 - 4:53am
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Hi Ann
welcome.. you said your daughter is 10? Is she mature enough to start handling the allergy herself? does she read lables and wash her hands often?If not I am sure pretty soon she will be able to manage it on her own.. she will have to at some point. My DS is 7 he is not yet doing these things for hiimself but he is very aware now...so it is a step in the right direction. I have a friend who's Grand daughter is PA and she is in High school she does great managing it herself...
Therese

Posted on: Sun, 02/03/2008 - 9:36am
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Hi Therese, my daughter does a good job of managing her allergy, for her age. She has turned down many cupcakes, cookies, etc. that kids brought from home while she was at school (in past years) or at art class or church. She won't eat anything that is not labeled, and she has a trusted adult read the label for her. I don't think she's quite ready to be 100% responsible for reading labels - it is too easy to miss an ingredient that might be questionable. I have been training her on how to read them, though.
I am hesitant to allow her to go to places unless a family member or one of our trusted adult friends is present. As she gets older and has more experience in reading labels and managing her allergy, I will allow her to handle it more on her own. I know that at some point, I must allow her to be "in charge" - but we're not there yet. :-)

Posted on: Mon, 02/04/2008 - 10:29am
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I hear you on that one... every kid is different so you just have to figure out what is best at the moment. *sigh*
Therese

Posted on: Tue, 02/05/2008 - 1:45pm
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Hi,
I sure can relate...I homeschool both of my children. They both have severe peanut/tree nut/sesame/soy allergies. We had an experience last fall when my daughter was outside playing around a butternut tree and she fell on the ground. A nut barely scraped her skin and within 10 minutes she began to have a severe reaction.
I am very fortunate to be able to homeschool right now, it can be overwhelming at times, but the more I hear about incidents at schools with food allergies, the more confident I am with the decision to homeschool.
Hope to hear from you.

Posted on: Fri, 02/08/2008 - 12:39am
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WELCOME!Sounds like things are working out so well for you at least being able to home school her. So far I haven't had to deal with the school system since my pa DS is just a baby, but I certainly can see the challenges in it. Welcome!

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