Military Family Seeking other Military Families

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 12:18pm
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We are in the military and are looking for other military families who have children with peanut allergies. Our goal is two fold.
First, we are attempting to petition the military to include life threatening allergies, like extreme hypersensitivity to peanut protien, as a part of the Exceptional Family Member Program. This is in no part a small task. We would love to hear from anyone else who has attepted this.
Second, we would like to start a dialogue/database to help with concerns as military families move. We can help each other know what schools/pre-schools around military Posts and Bases are friendly to our children's allergies. We can discuss base allergists or lack thereof. We can help each other with sitters as we are moving. We can start to identify areas that would be dangerous for a peason with peanut allergies to live (eg. Korea).
Please contact anyone you know in the military so we can start to change the bureaucracy and make life in the military with allergies a little easier.

Posted on: Tue, 03/06/2007 - 9:56pm
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I re-raised a similar thread in Main Discussion area.
Here is link:
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/006820.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/006820.html[/url]

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 2:14am
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This is a question from my ds now age 13. He has his heart set on serving his country proudly but I have heard they will not except someone allergic to peanuts. Do you have any information on this? Thank you for all you do and I think the goverment should help your family stay safe as you are all doing this for us.

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 5:22am
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Quote:Originally posted by bbm68:
[b]This is a question from my ds now age 13. He has his heart set on serving his country proudly but I have heard they will not except someone allergic to peanuts. Do you have any information on this? Thank you for all you do and I think the goverment should help your family stay safe as you are all doing this for us.[/b]
I will ask my husband what he knows on this subject as far as Air Force goes. It MAY be that only some branches of mil service would allow PA and then in only some career fields, but you never know. Generally, a military member's health must not keep him/her from being deployed to a battle zone (AKA combat) -- if that is career area. In combat scenario, the meals (MRE = Meals Ready to Eat) really are currently loaded with peanut &/or nut products as they are high-calorie & shelf-stable, as well as easy to eat in field &/or primitive conditions.
Just a thought, consider suggesting to your son that he explore the US Coast Guard -- there MAY be slightly less restricions regarding PA than there MIGHT be in Army, Navy (incl Marines), and Air Force. The Coast Guard's responsibility of protecting our country's coastline and surrounding waters is every bit as admirable as going "away" to war, and every bit as important.
At 13 he has 5 years until minimum enlist age, so much could change between now & then.
~Elizabeth
[This message has been edited by ajas_folks (edited March 09, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 03/09/2007 - 11:51am
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We are in the AF currently stationed in Germany. I have 3 y.o. twin boys that have a peanut allergy. We found a WONDERFUL allergist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Her name is Dr. Davis and she is extremely thorough, and has been so supportive. I have also found that the elementary where one of my son's will be attending Child Find, has an excellent nurse, and staff on hand. Whenever they have a child with a major allergen, they ban the item from the classroom, and the teacher is allowed to have the epipen's on hand. That's Bitburg Elementary. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 03/11/2007 - 11:27am
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We are stationed at Pope AFB in Fayetteville, NC (right next to Ft Bragg for all you Army folks).
He attends the elementary school on base (is a DoDDS school). We have done A LOT of educating along the way but we have a 504 in place (their version of one...basically same thing by the time we were done with them).
Peanuts/tree nuts are banned from his classroom. His seat in the lunchroom is wiped down daily. He only sits with kids who buy their lunch as the cafeteria serves no peanut products. The entire school is trained in administering the epi-pen. They keep two epi-pens in his classroom, and one in the nurse's office in an UNLOCKED cabinet. Any lessons that include food products at all are approved by myself or my husband first.
We've had some bumps along the way but I think we have a pretty good situation here. We have one more year left and then who knows where we'll go. bleck.
Maddy
Matthew 5.5 yrs and PA
Nathan 13 mos, no known FA

Posted on: Tue, 03/13/2007 - 1:06pm
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Quote:Originally posted by bbm68:
[B]This is a question from my ds now age 13. He has his heart set on serving his country proudly but I have heard they will not except someone allergic to peanuts. Do you have any information on this? ]
I'm sure if he called a recruiter they would be happy to help (lol)
Another suggestion is researching the DoD job boards. There are several contractors who serve military-sometimes doing the same job-that might not have the same restrictions.

Posted on: Fri, 04/20/2007 - 2:34am
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We are stationed in Okinawa, Japan and are finding it difficult to deal with my daughters allergy here. There are NO allergists on the island [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] I would love to connect with other families!
Christy

Posted on: Fri, 04/20/2007 - 8:06am
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Make sure you look at this link:
[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/006820.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/006820.html[/url]
We kinda continued the topic there. I would be happy to help anyway I can. You will find several military families who are active on this board.
Welcome!!!

Posted on: Fri, 04/20/2007 - 12:02pm
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KILEYS MOM, When my DD was first diagnosed, she was 5mths old and they did a prick test on her. She had started having problems when she was 3 mths old. The PA I had been assigned to did not feel she had any real problems--she diagnosed baby eczema and said I was over-reacting. A wonderful officer who was the head of the peds clinic got involved and I finally got my DD help. He ordered allergy testing and sent her to a hospital off base.
If you are not getting the help you need from your Doc, they can get your daughter to an allergist or at least get the tests you have asked for. This is just my opinion, but I would ask to see another doc or the med group commander, especially if a child is having anaphalactic reactions. I know the base may be limited, but they may have a dietician that could help you find things for your child to eat. I have also had people tell me the commissary can special order items for dietary reasons (another brand does not have trace elements), or hold items to make sure they don't sale an item before you have access to it. It can take time, but it can happen.
Please don't feel like you are alone. We all (military or not) go through a time of trying to figure it all out.
How long are you in Japan???

Posted on: Fri, 04/27/2007 - 2:38am
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HI
We are stationed on Hickam AFB ,my son is going to kindergarden,first 504 meeting is on the 2 may ,we'll see how it goes.,.,.,.

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