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Posted on: Sun, 10/31/2004 - 4:33am
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I was reading your response to my "experince" post and was thinking our children must be about the same age too. It would be too much of a concidence to have children the same age and only have had the PA for about the same amount of time for me not to hope to have some communications with you about our experiences!

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TIA~Cindy

Posted on: Mon, 11/01/2004 - 7:52am
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Hi Cindy -
I got chills when I read your "experience" post. The date your daughter was diagnosed could very well be the same date as my sons diagnosis. We had a positive skin prick test in late November last year, and actual confirmation from the RAST test in the first week of December (can't remember the exact date - I think I've blocked it out of my mind!).
My PA son is a little older than your daughter (he turned 4 this July), and I also have a younger son (2 in Jan.) with NKA (I'm keeping my fingers crossed.)
When I read your "experience" post I thought to myself "here is someone who seems to be right where I am emotionally on this right now."
It is very helpful to know that other people are wrestling with the some of the same issues regarding the whole PA thing (but I wish that none of us had to deal with this extra complication in our lives!)

Posted on: Tue, 11/02/2004 - 2:56am
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Hi!
My dd's ER trip (we found about all the PA the hard way) was Dec. 5th. Looks like your son is almost exactly a year older then my dd (born 7/29/02).
I agree that it is good to be able to talk with someone that is right where I am emotionally now too. The different levels of dealing with a PA are extremely different.
Does your ds understand alot of his PA? When someone hands my dd something she always stops to look at me first to see if it's ok. We've dug in deep teaching her about it because of how severe her PA is. She is also extremely contact reactive. It's amazing how young the concept of the PA can be understood.
Hugs~Cindy

Posted on: Tue, 11/02/2004 - 8:32am
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Cindy-
We were lucky with our son. We were able to find out about his allergy before he had a really serious reaction.
Every time he ate a product that had peanuts or peanut butter he would say it was hot and spit it out. He never had any other allergic symptoms like hives or swelling or breathing difficulties.
We finally clued in when a friend of ours (who also has a PA child) described her child's very serious reaction to us - which included her child spitting a PB cup out and saying that his mouth was on fire.
Our son had his first exposure to PB at about 15 mos. and was exposed to it off and on until he was 3 (which is when we finally had testing done). I know we are very lucky that his reactions didn't progress beyond the stinging mouth.
As far a reading labels goes:
He's starting to understand that we have to avoid traces of peanuts etc. but I don't think that he really gets how serious his allergy can be. He's starting to ask "mommy is this safe" when we go grocery shopping, but if someone offered him food, and it was something he really wanted, I'm not sure that he would say no (which really scares me).
Does your daughter remember her ER trip?
For my son, his allergy is just something that makes his mouth feel "icky" and I don't think he understands how sick it can really make him.

Posted on: Tue, 11/02/2004 - 9:16am
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Quote:Originally posted by happycat:
[b]He's starting to ask "mommy is this safe" when we go grocery shopping,[/b]
That is great that he gets it enough to at least ask. I'm sure they are both too young to get how "severe" the PA really is but just watching dd catch on helps me know that I'm teaching correctly. kwim?
Quote:Originally posted by happycat:[b]Does your daughter remember her ER trip?[/b]
dd was 17mo when we had the trip to the ER. I do believe that she remembers it. She always did really good at the doc's office untill the ER trip. Ever since she freaks out at the sign of any doctor. Unfortunately she has had a few other reactions since then so her concept of it and "medicine" is pretty current to her. It would be interesting to know (if she talked more) really what she does know and understand about it though.
Cindy

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