Hi - I\'m a new member

Posted on: Mon, 01/16/2006 - 8:14am
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I'm not sure why it took me so long to find this group, but it did.

I'm a mom of 2 allergic kids. My son, N, tested 4+ for peanuts and hazelnuts and 3+ for canteloupe (and 2 on 15 other foods) on the RAST (?) scale. Then, he also tested at a level 4 for 20 environmental allergens. (Our allergist said he's amazed he can breathe.)

My daughter, M, tested 4+ for peanuts and almonds and 3+ for hazelnuts. She actually tested to be 4+ on more environmental allergens than N did.

My kids are 6 and 8.

Right now, they're both homeschooled due to a less-than-incredible school experience. However, we're looking at moving. N has never been in public school. He tests to be airborne sensitive to peanuts on breath or in the room. I'd love to hear from some of you who have experience with a level like this.

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D'Ann

It is not our abilities who show us who we truly are....it is our choices."
Dumbledore - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 9:54am
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Hi there and welcome. Wow, your kids really have it don't they?? My goodness, 4 is pretty significant on the RAST. I believe it goes up to a 6. But as the allergist says...at level 4, its like a tornado anyway... bad enough!
I understand about the schools...you will see many many of the same experiences here as well. And please post on the main discussion board! You'll find alot of the action goes on there as well as on the school board...and you'll get many more responses to your questions!
At any rate, welcome and I hope you find this board supportive...I've only been here for a couple of months and I love it. It is SO helpful to hear of others similar situations and so much advice and knowledge.
BTW, my DD is a 4+ for cashews. We found this out after her first anaphylactc reaction. So now we're pretty saavy on the reading labels and carrying meds as you surely are as well!
Good luck to you and welcome!
Jill
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Jill
DD, 5, TNA
DS, 18 mo. EA, MA

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 4:38pm
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Welcome!
We also homeschool (for a whole host of reasons) as our child is class 6 for pn (RAST-- no skin test for us, thanks [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) and has a great big grab bag of other allergies too. I would ask how that happened... but let me blow my nose first! LOL! Naturally, we live in the heart of "the grass seed capitol of the world." [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] My daughter doesn't really mind being homeschooled. She likes being safe... and she likes being able to do whatever she wants as soon as she finishes her day's work. She hates high pollen days in June and July, though, since she can't play outside until evening.
It really helps just to realize you are not alone. Especially when you are dealing with such aerosol sensitivity, which most uninitiated folks really cannot fathom.
The boards are also a place where you know you can whine/gripe/rage about what is eating you alive-- and find at least one or two others who have been there.
My favorite thing is hearing from people whose children are nearly grown and from the adults who have been living PA all their lives. It gives me a sense of peace. Such hope-- and that is sometimes in very short supply.
Again- welcome. I am so glad you found us!

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 9:54am
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Joined: 12/22/2005 - 09:00

Hi there and welcome. Wow, your kids really have it don't they?? My goodness, 4 is pretty significant on the RAST. I believe it goes up to a 6. But as the allergist says...at level 4, its like a tornado anyway... bad enough!
I understand about the schools...you will see many many of the same experiences here as well. And please post on the main discussion board! You'll find alot of the action goes on there as well as on the school board...and you'll get many more responses to your questions!
At any rate, welcome and I hope you find this board supportive...I've only been here for a couple of months and I love it. It is SO helpful to hear of others similar situations and so much advice and knowledge.
BTW, my DD is a 4+ for cashews. We found this out after her first anaphylactc reaction. So now we're pretty saavy on the reading labels and carrying meds as you surely are as well!
Good luck to you and welcome!
Jill
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Jill
DD, 5, TNA
DS, 18 mo. EA, MA

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 4:38pm
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Welcome!
We also homeschool (for a whole host of reasons) as our child is class 6 for pn (RAST-- no skin test for us, thanks [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) and has a great big grab bag of other allergies too. I would ask how that happened... but let me blow my nose first! LOL! Naturally, we live in the heart of "the grass seed capitol of the world." [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] My daughter doesn't really mind being homeschooled. She likes being safe... and she likes being able to do whatever she wants as soon as she finishes her day's work. She hates high pollen days in June and July, though, since she can't play outside until evening.
It really helps just to realize you are not alone. Especially when you are dealing with such aerosol sensitivity, which most uninitiated folks really cannot fathom.
The boards are also a place where you know you can whine/gripe/rage about what is eating you alive-- and find at least one or two others who have been there.
My favorite thing is hearing from people whose children are nearly grown and from the adults who have been living PA all their lives. It gives me a sense of peace. Such hope-- and that is sometimes in very short supply.
Again- welcome. I am so glad you found us!

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