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Posted on: Mon, 03/18/2002 - 3:37am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Welcome to the boards! I understand the guilt you feel, because I am experiencing the same!! Mother's guilt is horrible, but I am finally working through and feel that my son would have this allergy no matter. Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 03/18/2002 - 4:18am
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Joined: 03/18/2002 - 09:00

Thanks to River and Cooper's Mom.
River, your point about avoidance is a really good one. At least I know about the PA. If I didn't I practically positive that my dd would have been exposed.
We spent a month at my parents cottage up north last summer. She spent a great deal of time playing and eating with her 8 and 6 year-old cousins. And they were always trying to pick her up, grab her carry her around etc. Also, the summer cottage tradition of feeding peanuts to the chipmunks. Bags and bags of peanuts would normally pass throught that cottage and be spread around the deck and grounds. And though I may not have let her eat them, I probably wouldn't have thought to stop Grandpa or the cousins from helping her feed them to the chipmunks. And everyone else would be cracking and eating them as well. Not to mention ice cream from the town dairy - my favourite treat - so I know I wouldv'e been giving it to her on every trip in.
And as she is still breast-feeding (we had real trouble getting started but now at 2 1/2 I'm wondereing if she's ever going to stop!) I now know that I cannot consume anymore peanut products myself.
So, at least I know and I can do my best to protect her.

Posted on: Fri, 03/15/2002 - 10:25am
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

It's great to hear from you, Gloria!
That's the bizarre thing about PA... and the most exasperating, it seems. Some people are evidently capable of actually consuming PN with no apparent ill effects on one day, and having full-blown anaphylaxis the next from a mere contact exposure. It makes it excruciatingly difficult to a) accept the allergy and its seriousness, and b) to track down the source of reactions.
It is great to finally hear from you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/11/2002 - 4:55am
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Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Hi Annemarie, I'm the welcoming committee today [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] anyway, look forward to hearing about you and your allergy. You say it was moderate growing up and has developed into anaphylaxis now?
Can you tell us about that and were you tested frequently growing up?
Thanks in advance and look forward to hearing from you!
[This message has been edited by smack (edited March 11, 2002).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/12/2002 - 1:55am
Annemarie's picture
Joined: 03/11/2002 - 09:00

When I was a kid and ate nuts I would just get sick: I'd throw up (lots!) and have basically a bad cold for a couple of days. When I was 16 I had my first anaphylactic reaction. I got hives, my face became swollen, my breathing became congested. I guess in the grand scheme of things my reactions are not bad: it doesn't take a lot to set me off, but I have a long time before the reaction becomes critical - so plenty of time to get to the hospital.
As for allergy testing, the first time I was tested was only a few years ago for chick peas. My doctor diagnosed the allergy and since it wasn't very bad nobody felt the need for an allergist. Peanut allergies weren't as prevalent then.

Posted on: Tue, 03/12/2002 - 8:48am
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Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Welcome Annemarie. I think that the one thing we have all learned about PA in recent years is that reactions are unpredictable. You should never assume that the next reaction will be the same as the one before. It worries me a little that you seem to underestimate your reactions and assume that you will always have time to get to a hospital. We've all come to realize that the key is to ALWAYS BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST, because you really don't know what's around the corner. That includes knowing what you're eating, carrying an epipen, training people around you to use it, wearing a medical bracelet, being close to a hospital, and not being afraid, ashamed or embarrassed to take immediate action when a reaction does happen, (I don't think I left anything out.)
Check out the board below "Adults Living with Peanut Allergy". There are a number of young adults there, like youself, who know something of the challenges you face.

Posted on: Fri, 03/15/2002 - 2:07pm
Annemarie's picture
Joined: 03/11/2002 - 09:00

Hi River,
I'm sorry I apparently frightened you! I've been dealing with this allergy for going on 23 years now, I clearly respect it. What I meant when I said I had plenty of time to get to the hospital was that AFTER the epipen and the antihistamine I can get to the hospital without running any red lights. I know a few people for whom this isn't the case. For all you moms out there, don't worry, I have a medic alert bracelet, carry an epipen and benedryl (and my bracelet says all this!). I've used my epipen, and am always aware of what I'm eating. However, my allergy does not run my life, so I guess I sometimes appear to be blase about it.

Posted on: Sun, 03/17/2002 - 10:59pm
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Thanks Annemarie for the reassurance. I suppose it just the generational gap between being 23 and fancy free, and being 40 with kids and a mortgage. But it's good to hear you are well prepared. (For all you mature women and others on your way, I do still believe that life begins at 40, YEEHA.)

Posted on: Sun, 03/10/2002 - 10:45pm
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Hi and welcome!
Have you been tested with the new Cap Rast test? Have you monitored your allergy using tests at all?
It sounds like you have multiple allergies, are you smell, touch, sensitive as well?
Do you have a lot of reactions and how do you deal with them? Do you see an allergist?
I know it sounds like 20 questions but this helps everyone.
Thanks in advance to all the questions.

Posted on: Mon, 03/11/2002 - 7:30am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Wow! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I will definitely look forward to seeing your input on the schools forum! (Its helpful to get both PA and non-PA classroom perspectives- my mom was in elementary ed. for 33 years!)
Be sure to check out the Airlines forum- lots of great information. Ajas_folks can probably provide you with some excellent information as well, if you don't see what you are looking for there... she has an inside track [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] on the industry, shall we say. I have personally had the worst luck flying with United and the best experiences with Northwest, but have not flown in over a year.... (big changes since then!)
A Warm Welcome!!


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