Home from Hospital ...LONG

Posted on: Sat, 08/12/2006 - 4:07pm
baer5's picture
Joined: 01/15/2006 - 09:00

We had our third ANA reaction tonight. We are not sure what DS reacted to..We were over at my parents and I noticed that he was scratching his face (he actually had scratch marks on his little cheeks), and I immediately gave him Benadryl and sat him on my lap.

Well, a few more minutes passed and he said he was fine and went off to play. I stayed close and watched and sure enough he looked up and said "My candy had peanuts in it, my throat is itchy" (which the candy had no warning and it had been a while since he ate it). He then started with the sticking his hand down his throat to try and "scratch it".

It quickly progressed to this noise he makes from his throat like he is trying to get something out, and the heavy breathing. I gave the EPI and called an ambulance (we live an hour from the nearest ER).

He is fine now, thank God, I know it could have ended up worse, but I still feel so crappy. We have a pretty tight comfort zone. He gets no "may contains" or "manufactured in". I mean nothing. I don't know what could have happened to cause it. In the ambulance I sat there looking at him and he was so scared, and the look on his face when I stuck him with the EPI and, I just kept thinking that somehow I let him down. I wasn't diligent enough somehow.

Anyway, I know that I am just emotional right now. I am grateful he is okay, and that I have you guys to understand. If I didn't have this to come to everyday I would probably be crazier than I already am! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 08/12/2006 - 4:17pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I'm so sorry!! {{hugs}} for everyone.
Please don't beat yourself up. You did all of the right things...
I know it is so frustrating when you [i]know[/i] there is nothing that you would do differently because there's nothing you [i]could[/i] do any differently. (aggghhhhh!) It helps somehow if you can look at an anaphylaxis event and critique what went wrong and rationalize that you know how to make sure [i]that[/i] never happens again. But sometimes you can't.
Really-- we have [i]never[/i] figured out what caused DD's second grade 4 anaphylaxis...
No that it stopped us from blaming ourselves.
Pat yourself on the back-- you didn't "wait and see." You did all the right things!! And your son is fine because you did everything RIGHT.

Posted on: Sat, 08/12/2006 - 10:45pm
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

I'm so sorry this happened to you guys!
Perhaps after you recover, you should contact the manufacturer of the candy to let them know.
Poor baby, poor you!

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 12:26am
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Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

Aw, I'm sorry [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] I'm glad he's okay now. How horrible.
I'm with Going Nuts, maybe you should contact the manufacturer in a couple days when life starts to calm down again. Do you remember what kind of candy it was? Perhaps we should all start avoiding it, especially if there's no warning...we as a PA community don't need to be supporting companies that don't label for our safety, you know?
[This message has been edited by starlight (edited August 13, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 12:27am
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Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

double post, oops [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by starlight (edited August 13, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 12:33am
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Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

triple post, obviously not having a good posting day.
[This message has been edited by starlight (edited August 13, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 12:49am
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baer5, big hugs. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
You did everything right - nothing wrong. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
When my son had his last anaphylactic reaction it took me 1-1/2 YEARS to figure out what had caused it. Sometimes there are just mystery reactions that unfortunately none of us can figure out.
I'm glad that your wee one is okay, and again, I think you did great. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk up to heaven and bring you back home with me.

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 8:20am
baer5's picture
Joined: 01/15/2006 - 09:00

Thanks to you all..your support makes such a difference. I don't feel like such a "bad mommy".
Star, the candy he ate was NERDS this was his first time to have it and I was unsure about it, since I usually research stuff here before I buy it. I went against my judgement as it was the end of the day and I had three cranky kids with me.
I am going to call the mfg. tomorrow. However, let's just say that sometimes late at night my mom sneaks some candy at her house that has PB in it. Although after yesterday that will not be an issue again!! Or he will not go over there anymore.
This may be a stupid question that I should know the answer to but Star, what is GOING NUTS?
Again, thanks to you all it always makes me feel so much better after I've been here.

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 8:30am
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Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

goingnuts is what the person who posted just before starlight goes by, i believe.

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 8:31am
starlight's picture
Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

Going Nuts is the username of the woman who posted above me [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I think nerds are usually pretty well labelled, but who knows? Maybe the PB candy your mom had rubbed off on the box? Does she clean down the surfaces she eats on very well?
Unless, could your son have eaten a piece of the PB candy your mom snuck in and was refering to THAT piece of candy having nuts? Could he have found the candy (like maybe a hershey kiss or something) or had someone else at the home give it to him, not realizing it wasn't a non-nut variety?

Posted on: Sun, 08/13/2006 - 9:55am
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Joined: 04/18/2004 - 09:00

When having a reaction 911 is your best bet. Tell them you have a child with an allergic reaction to peanuts and cannot breathe well. Tell them you have the EPI and that he may need more so bring it along. Furthermore tell them to not use sirens as it makes people stressed. Just ask for a silent arrival.


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