How Old Was Your PA Child/Were You When You Discovered PA.com?

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 3:24pm
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How old was your PA child or how old were you when you discovered PA.com? How long had you been living with PA before PA.com?

If memory serves, my son was just a few months older than 4 when we discovered PA.com (found it within a month of getting the computer).

He was diagnosed at 18 months, so we lived without PA.com for just over 2 years (started school without it, etc.).

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 3:59pm
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Mine was 4 yrs old. We had just bought a computer for the very first time, so I guess there's no way we could have found it earlier. lol. We got the computer and internet about mid January 2000 and I registered here in February so it didn't take me long to find it. I *think* I found it through a thread at an ivillage allergy forum. That was the first community I found (after seeing the commercials on tv before we got the computer) and I found pretty much all others through it (at the time-I almost never visit ivillage anymore).
edit-I just reread your post and we almost have the same story! LOL.
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Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 9:55pm
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Ryan was diagnosed when he was three (1999), and DH did a lot of Internet searching and found this site almost immediately. He joined soon after and I lurked under his username for a while before creating my own.

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 10:01pm
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My son was 2 when we found out abt his allergy and 5 when I found PA.com. I was 26 when I found out about my allergy and 36 (10 yrs later) when I found PA.com.

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 11:01pm
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My dd was dx'd in 98. I did not find pa.com until 2005?, spent quite sometime lurking here searching through all this wonderful information but I did not begin posting until Sept06.
I really wish I would have found this site before dd started school. We managed but it would have been so helpful!
I didn't have much internet access when dd was dx'd and I remember when I would come across an article on PA, I would get so excited! When I found this site, I can't even tell you how many articles I printed. It was like I hit the jackpot!

Posted on: Thu, 01/25/2007 - 11:13pm
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DS was diagnosed at age 4, I was directed to the site by his allergist a week later. I think it was 2003. I know it was memorial day weekend when he ate the PB cracker. I'll look after I post.
Ok, time flies and I guess I don't remember correctly. He had the reaction in 2002, memorial day weekend. I guess that I didn't register until nearly a year later. My profile says april 2003. Can you see posts here without registering? I remember coming here after the dr appt. I also remember being so crushed and at the beginning. This site made me very uptight and paranoid and although I wasn't in denial about the PA, I didn't deal with hearing all the stuff here well. I imagined that my life would be filled with regular reactions and I would be jabbing the epi regularly.
Does that make sense????
I don't think I posted for a long time and there were also periods where I didn't come on for months....
I believe this site gave me information and insight to build a good comfort zone and helped me deal with school situations.
I am almost afraid to say it, but no reactions that would in any way come close to using epi pen. YEA
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Posted on: Fri, 01/26/2007 - 12:24am
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We discovered DS's PA when he was 10 months old..he ate a cookie that had a manufactured in warning.
We didn't discover PA.com until a year ago that would make him 4 at the time we found you guys.

Posted on: Fri, 01/26/2007 - 12:38am
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Quote:Originally posted by saknjmom:
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Can you see posts here without registering?
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Anyone can come in and see the discussion boards.
You only have to register to actually post.
edited to add: I think if I would have found this site directly after dd was dx'd that it would have freaked me out too. I'm glad that we were able to establish our own comfort zone before finding this site. We had been dealing w/ her allergy for @7 yrs or more.
Although the added support would have been nice, I'm afraid I would have thought I needed to avoid SO much more than we do. (Regarding public places, not food. We are VERY careful about food)
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Posted on: Fri, 01/26/2007 - 12:45am
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My DD was 5. She'd had a serious anaphylactic reaction to peanuts the month before and I was searching for some more information on handling the allergy, which we'd figured out she had when she was 3.

Posted on: Fri, 01/26/2007 - 1:53am
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DS was diagnosed in 1989 when he was 1 - I discovered this site in 1999 when he was eleven - I think pa.com was mentioned at another website I visited. I didn't visit too often until Nathan Walters died May 2001.
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Posted on: Fri, 01/26/2007 - 2:42am
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We found out about DD's allergy the hard way in May 2000.
I never even [i]thought[/i] of looking for anything like this on the internet. We used FAAN's website, of course. We felt [i]very alone.[/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Not until Nathan Walters' death did we find PA.com-- my thanks to the Spokesman for publishing the link. That would have been the hardest few months of my life to get through otherwise.
DD got kicked out of daycare, and at about the same time, we finally [i]really understood[/i] that she really could die from her allergy. I mean, [i]really[/i] die. And then came the first aerosol reactions. The ones that were so subtle that nobody but ME believed it. (Now, of course, [i]everyone[/i] including the skeptical allergist has seen them.) THEN came the magically multiplying MFA.... ugh.
It was hard. But not as hard as it would have been to do it alone.
Our comfort zone hasn't really changed in response to things I've read here-- we've always just done things the way that we [i]need[/i] to, KWIM?

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