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Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 10:29am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by AJSMAMA:
[b]Hey Darthcleo-
Don't forget about Skittles, Peeps ...Mike and Ikes ..., 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.
Thanks! They're all treats I dislike but maybe my son will like them .. To be honest, I'm sorta taking the opportunity to have my kids NOT eat any junk at all :-)

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 11:42am
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My #1 stress I can't post on the board. My #2 stress would definitely be finances (or lack thereof [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] ). If I were to list PA as a stressor, it would be third. I don't even think it's PA itself or my son's PA in particular, but different situations that I come across (particularly with the school this year and his teacher) that really send me over the edge or overwhelm me.
Do you know what I find a great stress reliever to be? Posting on PA.com! Seriously. I find much solace here when I'm feeling totally stressed out.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 1:26pm
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Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

river, thanks for your kind words. most of my stress comes from marital issues that also involved my (ex) best friend. althought it's been 2 years, i'm still living with my decision to stay in the marriage for the sake of my kids. i would do anything for them. my husband has changed but i fear my resentment may never go away. we moved far away and changed everything about our lives so my environment is now all different. i have no friends here. it's been hard. i'm sure i make it harder than it has to be too - i'm just that way. i do feel trapped in some ways. with the children; my twin sons were born just before they reached the 24th week of the pregnancy and died in our arms. the babies were healthy but for some reason, i went into pre-term labor and didn't realize what was happening until it was too late to stop it. it was a very difficult thing to go through. i have not been the same person since that happened. then, we unexpectedly became pregnant with twins again (believe it or not) a couple of years later and lost one of those babies early on. for some reason it was always my dream to be a mother of twins (which i still am). it has been a lot like winning the lottery twice and losing my ticket both times - if that makes any since. only worse. last night we went out to dinner and the couple next to us had a beautiful toddler and the sweetest set of twin infants. i couldn't even taste my food. i have a lot of bitterness (not toward those who are parents of living twins - just about being cheated out of raising mine). anyway...i'm sure everyone of us have experienced twists and turns in our life that we would have never expected. i just seem to dwell more on mine than most people do. i should probably get into some counseling so i can learn to deal a little more effectively with my grief. boy, that was a bunch to unload on you all! haha. i'm telling the most intimate details of my life on peanutallergy.com. : ) still, i do have three healthy daughters (two who are PA) and that is a lot to be thankful for. sorry to unload all the info! : ) joey

Posted on: Sun, 01/19/2003 - 10:58pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I am so sorry you have had to go thru all of that. Glad you felt you could unload here. I know that when something upset me, sharing my feelings helps at least a little. If you really are considering counseling, I think it is a really good idea. Although I personally have never been, I saw the effect it had on my sister. She suffered from depression as a teenager and therapy helped her so much. She is now doing great and the mother of two beautiful little boys. Good luck...my prayers are with you.
- Sarah

Posted on: Mon, 01/20/2003 - 12:51am
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Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

I'm so sorry for your losses.
Don't feel funny about unloading here. Many of us have at one point or another.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Be safe,

Posted on: Tue, 01/21/2003 - 1:21pm
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Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

Thanks for your concern, Cindy. I have sent you e-mail off the boards.

Posted on: Tue, 01/21/2003 - 11:07pm
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Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

joeybeth: So sorry to hear about all you've been through and can't imagine the pain you feel. I'm sending you thoughts of peace and well-being and praying for an extra guardian angel for you to help you with the weight you carry. Peace be with you.
becca: (I apologize others for this too...answering becca's question which is a little off topic) Lauren was formally diagnosed with asthma at age 3. Prior to that, they said she had asthmatic tendencies. Lauren's asthma sets in when she is exposed to minute traces of peanut (we suspect) or when she gets a virus (any and ALL kinds ended up in her chest...even a stomach bug!). The only way it could be diagnosed formally, according to what I was told, was at the allergists office. They had her blow into a machine and based on her weight/age/overall health, they determined what rate she should be exhaling. She was way below normal...and we thought she was healthy at the time (eg: No apparent signs of asthma). They gave her a regular nebulizer treatment to open up not just the bronchial tubes but some smaller ones at the base of the lungs. She repeated the test and did better. Repeated the nebulizer and test scenario until she was within normal range. If I'm translating his words correctly, she was not using her full capacity to breathe because those smaller tubes were closed (or nearly). She has been on allergy shots for a year and flovent/singulair for 1.5 years now. We did not want to keep her on it that long but with her history the allergist said point blank that he more worried about the asthma than the peanut allegy (and he is very fluent on food allergies). Anyway, that is our story. I hope it answers some of the questions you might have or at least helps you generate some for your MD. (BTW, her MD and our pharmacist told us not to give Lauren antihistamines for anything other than PA reaction as it makes asthma worse. When she coughs we break it up by "clapping" her back with a cupped hand.)
Cindy: I used to think PA was the most stressful but not any longer. I feel like now I am in control if it rather than it in control of us.

Posted on: Tue, 01/21/2003 - 11:48pm
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

For us, we are in a building year with starting school for the first time, me deciding to let others provide a previously agreed upon safe snack and trusting it *will* be as agreed upon, expanding our list of safe products as things come along. It has just involved so much time and energy that it has been my #1 stress at present. I imagine the dust settles as we get into a groove at this school, which is why I hesitate to switch and start all over at a new school, despite some grievances I have about "food focus" in general. Travelling with dd, which we do often, staying with family that will still have nuts around and give other children PB sandwiches, is also very stressful.
After reading here, I am glad it is my worst stress at present. I have been through worse and am glad I am able to give this my full attention now.
Lauren's Mom, thanks. I think we are on the edge. She really has no other signs, except the chest colds and hanging on coughs. But I will bring it up in May with the allergist. Outside of contracting a cold, she does not cough this year. She will run around our whole block in the good weather and never a cough or wheeze. Thanks all, I will keep an eye on her. becca

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 2:21pm
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Simply re-raising. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/26/2004 - 2:27am
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Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

Did you see Oprah friday? Kind of put things in perspective for me.


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