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Posted on: Sat, 01/18/2003 - 10:06am
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Yes but it becomes more manageable every day we deal with it.
Jaime

Posted on: Sat, 01/18/2003 - 10:45am
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Quote:Originally posted by river:
[b] We likely would have travelled to Florida this year but I'm nervous about vacationing in the States because of it seems so backward when it comes to this allergy. [/b]
Hey River! I'm Canadian too, and am currently in Florida! It can be done. Ok, to be honest, my son has never had a serious reaction, so maybe I'm living a fantasy here, but it's not that bad...
However, if you do want to do this, don't go to a hotel, unless it's at Disney World. Find a place where you can cook your own food. And bring some from home too. We brought bags of Smarties, and that's the only treat my kids are getting while here. I make most of the ice cream.
The worst is remembering what food are Not ok here, while they're ok back home. That's tricky.
Is PA the #1 stress in my life? Nope. Money is...

Posted on: Sat, 01/18/2003 - 10:54am
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you bet ya. Wish it would go away!

Posted on: Sat, 01/18/2003 - 11:04am
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Quote:Originally posted by AlwaysAvoidAnaphylaxis:
[b]you bet ya. Wish it would go away![/b]
What? Money?? I wish it would STOP going away!! :-)

Posted on: Sat, 01/18/2003 - 12:31pm
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i think of PA as being a real pain in the *@# but not one of the biggest stressors in my life. i (we) have lost three children - 2 at birth and one prior to birth - all twins (we do have one survivor out of the four twins). since losing them, and some other really depressing details of life that have happened ( i won't bore you all) , i've got a differnt perspective than i used to have. i'm just so thankful to have the children i have. also, i see other children who have health concerns that can't be changed or "fixed." PA is one of those things i'd rather not have to deal with (or for my girls to have to deal with) but i'm just so happy to have them here under any conditions. i get frustrated with other people sometimes, of course, as a result of the PA. tired of trying to count on other people who don't seem to really care. i also worry sometimes that i'll screw up and not protect them in some way. all in all, i find marriage a bigger stressor than PA. : )
joey

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 3:42am
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darthcleo, thanks for your feedback on Florida. One day I'll be brave enough to try it. Maybe after the American government beefs up its labelling laws.
joeybeth, I'm so sorry to hear about the children you lost. I can't even begin to imagine how painful it must have been and still be for you. If ever you need to unload, nobody around here is going to say 'boo', so unload away.

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 5:10am
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Hi: Like some others posted, PA can be a real pain in the A$#...but I do not consider it a major stress factor. My son is 6 years old, and starting to really "get" what he can and can't eat, and what he can and can't touch.
I think the other reason I do not find it so stressful is that if a mistake is made and no harm is done, I look for ways to avoid the mistake in the future and then move on. I don't spend time with "what ifs" or "he could have died", etc. I am not criticizing anyone else, just stating that this helps keep it from being stressful. Going back over "what ifs" only leads to stressful feelings for me, it does nothing positive (for me). If a slip up occurs, and no harm is done, I am thankful that everything is okay, and try to use it as a learning opportunity.
Kelly

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 8:42am
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For me it is #1 not by magnitude of stress, but by the daily and persistent repeated baseline of stress. Right now, it is the worst for us, but I have lived through much bigger stresses. Luckily thay are now past.
Cindy, you asked if my dd has asthma. Barring a total, full blown attack, how is it diagnosed? I was thinking she has just been sick so many times this year, but she is in school for the first time, and there are lots of coughs and runny noses. She will cough for a bit, sometimes alot, but then, finally does have a restful night. I have found expectorant and Benadryl help. The ped nurse said do not supress a cough, so that they can actually clear the lungs. So I do the mentioned routine to break it up and help her to sleep, and help in case it is a cat allergy or EA. Just does not seem bad enough to be asthma, but I have 2 friends who warn me to watch her, since it can start like this(lots of coughing colds, and bronchitis episodes). Of the 4 times she has needed antibiotics in her life, twice was for her chest, twice for ears. Sorry to go off topic, but I value any input on recognizing asthma. becca

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 9:12am
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Hey Darthcleo-
Don't forget about Skittles, Peeps (available in adorable heart shapes currently), Mike and Ikes (they have a new cotton candy flavor), Hot Tamales, Zours, and Nerds. We may not have any safe chocolate (no I don't trust Hersheys) here in the U.S. but we do have some pretty tasty safe candy. Have fun in Florida.
Jaime

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 10:22am
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becca,
If I may step in here...
You described my son. He's in K this year - no real preschool experience - so he's catching everything coming and going. I finally went to our allergist and she said it sounds like what could be the beginnings of asthma. (He used to cough and cough after running, playing or laughing hard, but stopped that for awhile - now it's back - so we've been "in the beginning stages" for awhile.)
Anyway, he's now on Zyrtec once every day at bedtime and it seems to really be helping. I just spoke with my DH to see if he thought we should stop the Zyrtec for a bit to 'test' if it really is helping, or if maybe he's just adjusting to school - germwise.
So, long story short, we're where you are.

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