Hello from Texas

Posted on: Fri, 12/08/2000 - 9:48am
BATTY's picture
Joined: 12/04/2000 - 09:00

I thought that maybe I better introduce myself. I am the father of an 18 year old peanut allergy boy. He can't eat touch or smell peanuts. He has an epi pen but has never used it. He uses a lot of bynadril. He attended school until 6th grade, but the first day of 6th grade he had an allergic reaction to the building and developed asthma. He had to be put on a homebound program that whole year. The next summer he was prepared to go in public schools but a week before school he developed whooping cough which was real bad for two months but did not really totally stop for almost six months. His allergies got worse after that.He
probably attended school about half his freshman year. He had to quit public schools his sophmore year due to his allergies.
High school kid love to put their perfumes on in or right before class. We tried to home school him but it wasn't easy. He started attending a GED class and recieved his GED. He is now attending night college and works with me during the day. My wife and I have gone thru the stuggles with this peanut allergy since our son was about a year old. I am real glad my son has come this far and am real proud of him.

Posted on: Tue, 12/12/2000 - 11:23am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

Hi Batty,
Glad you decided to start posting. It sounds as though your son has some very severe allergies and it hasn't been an easy road for you. My son is PA and is 8 years old. I recently had to use the Epipen for the first time on him. He has also had epinephrine twice in the ER. So far school hasn't been a problem. All of his reactions have been at home. Amazing considering that amount of peanut products in school as compared to our home! We would love to hear more about your son and his experiences. Thanks for joining.

Posted on: Tue, 12/12/2000 - 8:32pm
J. Roberts's picture
Joined: 12/13/2000 - 09:00

Hi. I am almost 29, and I have had the peanut/soy/legume allergy since I was 1 1/2. (Class 5 on peanuts, Class 4 on soy/legumes). I didn't have asthma, tho I had many other allergies/complications. I am glad to hear your son is doing well. I always admired my parents for keeping me safe (especially noting I was diagnosed in 1973, when everyone thought the allergy was a joke, not to mention 3 elder siblings who knew it would be SOOOO easy to kill me off), although Mom got a bit over-protective. I am the only person I know who never ate out of the school cafeteria, not once. I just joined this site tonight, myself, so I thought I would drop in and say hello. Hope all goes well for you and your son.

Posted on: Wed, 12/13/2000 - 12:10am
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

Welcome Batty. Your son sounds like he has very severe allergies. My son is 3 1/2, so we've been dealing with his allergy for 2 1/2 years (gosh has it been that long already!). We're just now starting to deal with preschool. I really dread when he goes to school all day, every day! Take care! Deanna

Posted on: Fri, 12/15/2000 - 7:56am
DeeJay's picture
Joined: 07/05/2000 - 09:00

Hi Batty--I am the mom of 2 PA boys ages 6 and 10. I have a couple of questions--how does your son carry his epi-pen? Girls can put them in purses, but boys have a tougher time. My boys are not interested in wearing the epi-belt, and I guess carrying a backpack is our only solution. Now this is way out in left field, but I believe boys have to sign up for military service at age 18 ( in USA anyway). Has your son been excused due to his allergy?

Posted on: Sat, 12/16/2000 - 12:37pm
BATTY's picture
Joined: 12/04/2000 - 09:00

When Ricky, my son went to High School the nurse kept an EPI in her office. They would not allow him to carry it. IN College he has not been taking it with him. The back pack seems to be the best idea, but while in school your boys would probably have to leave their back packs in the lockers. We have looked at the epi packs on this web site and some of them look like they are pretty neat. I know Ricky should be carrying his all the time. Almost all the time we are with him and my wife carries the epi in her purse. When he works with me he carries it in his medicine bag. He carries benadril with him all the time.
He had to register for the draft(selective service), but I don't think they would choose him.

Posted on: Tue, 12/19/2000 - 1:12pm
Chris PeanutAllergy Com's picture
Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

He carries the Benadryl with him all the time but not the Epi-Pen(s)?
What would be the reasons? If he thought carrying it was too inconvenient then that would be one thing, but carrying something doesn't seem to be the problem.
We lost a teenager to his peanut allergy and I have spoken with his father at length. It upsets me that he wasn't carrying an Epi-Pen with him
He may not have been carrying it due to their doctors not prescribing it (doctor education), but you know about it and I hope you can convince him to carry it all the time!
Stay Safe,

Posted on: Wed, 12/20/2000 - 12:40am
BATTY's picture
Joined: 12/04/2000 - 09:00

I know it sounds crazy, but he never eats anything in school. His reaction to smell is not as serious as eating it. He usually keeps his benadryl in the car. If he can get away from it and use his inhalers and benadryl he will be okay.

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