Hello, I am new here. I found out my son is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts when he was 2, he is 5 now. He has had several reactions ranging from just a few hives to being covered with hives, vomitting, and swelling when I had to use the epipen. I have done ok with this so far because I have made everyone who knows and cares for my child aware of his allergies and taught them how to treat the possible symptoms he may have. I live in Alabama and as far as I can tell, there is not a whole lot of awareness in the schools. Each time I have talked to someone new it has been like I am telling them something they do not really understand. That part is what is scary. I work, and he is in school. He is a twin and his sister is in his class because our family is very cautious of anything he eats. She is very protective of him and that helps me to know she is there, Kinda funny that she is only 5 but I feel safer knowing she is there. Sorry to make this so long... I have just started to find out more about support groups in my area but I don't think there are any. don't know if anyone here has any suggestions, but thought I'd give it a shot. I have been doing this on my own for a couple of years and thought it would be nice to talk to others in the same scary shoes...
On Sep 1, 2007
Welcome to the site! I'm sorry I can't help with support groups, but this website is a great virtual support group. I found it right as my oldest son was starting kindergarten, and it has been great.
Hope you stick around! - April
On Sep 1, 2007
Hi just wanted to say welcome. My son is also 5 and I count on him to keep himself safe at school more than I can rely on the teachers - sad but true. We have taught him no food if not from us and it is working for us. well once again welcome.
DS 5 PA, TNA DD 1 ???????
On Sep 6, 2007
Welcome to the board. I agree it is a virtual support group! It sounds like you are doing a great job with your children. My hubby is from AL...we haven't been back in years...I kinda miss it. I hope you stick around the board.