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Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 11:10am
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OK, I know that you wanted to know what illness/impairment/disease we might consider swapping PA with. But I have a twist to that question...
Hypothetically....it has been 5 years since PA diagnosis. Your child never had a reaction again. Things are good. Your kid is is well adjusted. The school is peanut safe because (oddly) more than 10% of kids have PA. Everyone in his/her life takes it very seriously. You keep a stock of 50 Epi-pens and live next to the Paramedic chief and across the street from the ER. Kraft & Nabisco (along with ConAgra) just announced major plans to dedicate 3 processing facilities to peanut and nut free manufacturing.
(In other words...life with PA is near perfect.)
You hit the lottery on Saturday night for $35,000,000.
On Sunday you hear from Dr. Hugh Sampson that he can CURE your child (and only your child) for $35,275,000. The additional $275,000 is every cent in your retirement fund, your kids college fund, the equity in your home, the checking account, the mutual funds, and the spare change in the sofa. In other words - you'd be broke.
Would you do it?
Carolyn
P.S. My answer... in a heartbeat.

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 11:40am
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Quote:Originally posted by tcperrine:
[b]On Sunday you hear from Dr. Hugh Sampson that he can CURE your child (and only your child) for $35,275,000. The additional $275,000 is every cent in your retirement fund, your kids college fund, the equity in your home, the checking account, the mutual funds, and the spare change in the sofa. In other words - you'd be broke.
Would you do it?
Carolyn
P.S. My answer... in a heartbeat.[/b]
Carolyn,
Back at ya. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
IF my son were of age, and HE had the 35,275,000.00 (US?),
[i]Would he do it?[/i]
MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
edit to correct dollar amount. lol.
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited April 22, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 11:49am
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erik?

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 11:52am
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Quote:Originally posted by tcperrine:
[b]
Hypothetically....it has been 5 years since PA diagnosis. Your child never had a reaction again. Things are good. Your kid is is well adjusted. The school is peanut safe because (oddly) more than 10% of kids have PA. Everyone in his/her life takes it very seriously. You keep a stock of 50 Epi-pens and live next to the Paramedic chief and across the street from the ER. Kraft & Nabisco (along with ConAgra) just announced major plans to dedicate 3 processing facilities to peanut and nut free manufacturing.
(In other words...life with PA is near perfect.)
You hit the lottery on Saturday night for $35,000,000.
On Sunday you hear from Dr. Hugh Sampson that he can CURE your child (and only your child) for $35,275,000. The additional $275,000 is every cent in your retirement fund, your kids college fund, the equity in your home, the checking account, the mutual funds, and the spare change in the sofa. In other words - you'd be broke.
Would you do it?
[/b]
tcperrine,
What would constitute a "cure"? Criteria? For how long? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 12:38pm
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b]erik?
[/b]
I don't think I'd do it.
With $35 million, I could easily live a peanut-free life. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 12:44pm
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Quote:Originally posted by erik:
[b] I don't think I'd do it.
With $35 million, I could easily live a peanut-free life. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]
erik,
US or Canadian currency??? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 3:38pm
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b] erik,
US or Canadian currency??? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
[/b]
either! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] hehe
with that money, PA would be no problem... I could hire a personal chef to cook nut-free everything [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 9:28pm
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b] tcperrine,
What would constitute a "cure"? Criteria? For how long? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]
[/b]
A cure - absolutely no reaction to peanuts. In fact, PB&J becomes your new favorite food. And Dr. Sampson guarantees this for a lifetime.
Good question about what your grown son would do. My DD is only 3, so that is too tough for me to answer. I'd like to hear from some adults with PA to get their take on it. Is PA so hard to grow up with andd deal with as an adult that they would give up the $35,275,000 (yes, U.S.)?
Carolyn

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 9:39pm
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Quote:Originally posted by erik:
[b]
I could hire a personal chef to cook nut-free everything [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img][/b]
Never thought of that! Hopefully the personal chef likes you quite well and never feels the need to "get back at you" for making too many remarks about his cooking! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
If I have followed your posts correctly, you are 37 years old and have grown up with the allergy. Is that right? You do not wear a Medic-Alert ID but do carry an Epi-pen (though not in a Epi-belt). Have you had anaphylactic reactions in the past? Numerous times? Have you had to self-inject?
I ask you all this because when I first learned about the PA I truly doubted my ability to even get my daughter to age 37. I saw something recently on a TV show where someone mentions a PA and says "are there even any adults with that? Don't they all die before growing up?" (Can't remember what show it was - sorry.)
To me, the money is not worth the possibility of watching my 3 year old daughter laying on the ER table swollen beyond recognition, vomiting, gagging, with a heart-rate of 205. But when she grows up, I truly hope she feels so comfortable with her life and how she handles the allergy that she feels like you.
This SO is not coming out right and I know I rambled, but I am happy for your response. It is not mine, because keeping someone else alive is different. But I hope my daughter will feel like you do when she is 37.
Carolyn

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 11:36pm
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Quote:Originally posted by tcperrine:
[b] A cure - absolutely no reaction to peanuts. In fact, PB&J becomes your new favorite food. And Dr. Sampson guarantees this for a lifetime.
[/b]
And if he suddenly and without notice becomes wrong at sometime, of what good is the guarantee??? (Hypothetically)
I am overly precautious with both my children. Call me "overprotective". I like it. I don't apologize for it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
[i]Part[/i] of our (my husband and I) "overprotectiveness" with our older son is partly due to his PA. Although a bit of this overflows to our younger son in addition to our "overprotectiveness" with him as well. lol. Maybe, just maybe, there is a hidden benefit where our *personal* situation is involved? I can't help but wonder if God is protecting my son(s) from something else that I just don't see. Right now.
Maybe protection through our (my husband and I) "overprotectiveness" itself, maybe through some other aspect my family is not aware of, or doesn't connect? I guess the possibilities are endless? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I *personally* don't mind being "overprotective" as long as there is[i] knowledge, love, and genuine concern[/i] fuelling it. As a matter of fact, I quite enjoy it and the closeness and bond we have as a family. [b]Lemons, Lemonaide.[/b]
MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
ps....tcperriene, did you see in this thread the "relative risk" section?
Disclaimer: This post not intended as advice in any manner or form. Merely a contemplation of *my own personal* situation and nothing more.

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