New here..time for my intro

Posted on: Wed, 07/31/2002 - 6:07am
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pHello all!/p
pFirst I just want to say what a wonderful site this is! I've been coming here for a week now and I'm so thankful that a friend of mine (Marina Twin Mom) recommended it to me. /p
pOur brief history is as follows. My dh and I have been married for almost 9 years. We endured 4+ years of fertility treatments and finally conceived the light of my life, Matthew. He was born on his due date, 6-8-01 and we've never been so happy!/p
pMy dh and I both have environmental allergies and I have seasonal asthma. My son has had mild eczema since about 4 months of age. We control it well with Protopic. /p
pI kept all of the usual foods away from him during his first year. No eggs, strawberries, or peanut butter. Last week I gave him 1/4 of a peanut butter sandwich. He ate a few bites, but seemed uninterested. I immediately noticed a few red bumps on his arms where they rested on the highchair tray. I was afraid it was the peanut butter and gave him a quick bath to remove all of the residue from his skin. /p
pWithin about 1.5 hrs I noticed hives on his torso and arms...I decided to call our ped and while I was on hold, I watched as his face grew red and swollen and he began to scratch and cry. I hung up and called 911. /p
pLong story short,they took us to the ER, gave him an Epi shot, a steroid shot, and some benadryl and observed him for a couple of hours. The meds worked almost immediately and they eventually sent us home. /p
pSo... I've spent the past week educating myself. At times I feel so overwhelmed, and at others, I feel empowered. It's just a lot to absorb.. so I'm doing my best. /p
pOur ped referred us to an allergist whom we will meet on Friday. I'm still confused as to whether or not we should request the CAP RAST test.. if we should allow the skin test of peanuts..and what to expect. It seems as though you all have such a wide variety of experiences with allergists (both good and bad) so I'm a little anxious to see what we'll end up with. /p
pThat's all for now.. just wanted to let you all know that I appreciate your knowledge.....now could any of you come and just inject it directly into my brain??? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p
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Maddybr /
Mommy to Matthew born 6/8/01/p

Posted on: Wed, 07/31/2002 - 8:33am
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Maddy,
Your post made me smile because we went through invitro and I have fraternal twins, boy and girl(5yrs old).
Ask for a Cap Rast(if your insurance pays for it). It's a great new test and it would help you track how his scores are doing from year to year.
Anyway, Welcome aboard and let us know how everything goes with the allergist.
P.S...my son was tested by skin test first to peanuts then the year later peanuts again plus 10 other tree-nuts. The allergist will probably want to confirm through skin first.

Posted on: Thu, 08/01/2002 - 3:05am
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Hi and welcome. Just wanted to let you know that not all pediatric allergists will even do the RAST test. You should check first. It took me three calls to find one that would do that in addition/instead of the skin tests.
Jaime

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