New to the PA World

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 12:47am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We became members of the PA world last Wednesday. We had taken Abi to an allergist to rule out her father's seafood allergies what we discovered changed our entire world. Abi had the skin test done and had a mild reaction to shrimp but on a scale of 0-4 she was a +5 for peanuts. Questions abound as we try to understand this. Why now? Our sitter started feeding her PB&J sandwiches when she was one. We never fed her peanuts at home and were very careful until one night when we were at Children's hospital for a fever with labored breathing. Crazy thing about that night was that someone was looking out for us because the fever went away once we got there but it was late and I bought some peanut butter crackers and let her have a couple, within half an hour she began to get little red bumps around her pelvic region and what appeared to be a bug bite on her face, from there her face looked as if it had been slapped and it was on her arms to, so no more peanut butter. The wierd thing was that our pediatrician did not think that the rash was from the peanuts. We then began to think that is was 5ths disease but now we know better.

Posted on: Fri, 06/04/2004 - 2:36am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Abi'sMom, HI, welcome. Sorry to hear about Abi having a reaction. Is your allergist going to do a blood test to confirm the results of the skin test? It does sound as though she is allergic, though. This, and any, allergy can develop at any time or age.
You will find lots of info here and feel free to ask any questions!

Posted on: Fri, 06/04/2004 - 4:13am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

He never mentioned the blood test. They were pretty much in freak out stage when they saw she was a +5 and had had peanut butter. We are going to talk to her God Grandfather who is an Allergist in Toledo and her God Father who is a Med/Peds Doctor in California. My husband's biggest question is how did she not have a reaction when our sitter was feeding her the pb&j sandwiches. We have a very good sitter who catches everything.

Posted on: Fri, 06/04/2004 - 11:51am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Abi'sMom, its great that you have family members you can consult with.
There are many members here that didn't develop pa until they were adults. I am not pa, but I used to eat bananas my whole life then all of a sudden started reacting. I now have severe reactions just from smelling bananas.
I think this is what is going on with your daughter. It can just come on at any time. I am assuming (and hoping) they gave you epi pens ? jj
BTW, how old is Abi?

Posted on: Sun, 06/06/2004 - 6:25am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

They gave us a prescription for the Epi Pens so we have one in our sitter bag and one in the diaper bag. Our sitter also has another PA that we watches so she knows what to look for. Abi is 20 months old which is hard because she likes to pick things up and we have had to nip that in the bud.

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2008 - 1:43am
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

Hi Rainesmom, welcome to the board. I'm very impressed with how quickly you responded to your son's symptoms, this must have been so scary for you. This gives me hope that the attention needed to the seriousness of food allergies is getting out there. No you weren't dumb you sought immediate medical attention. I'm also happy to hear about the kindness of the person re: your car and the quickness of the medical staff. I'm glad your son is better now and that you have already had your meeting with an allergist. As an added bonus you seem to be very informed and prepared on your pa journey for just having entered this area a month ago!

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2008 - 4:10am
MommyOfTwo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2007 - 09:44

That must have been incredibly scary!!!! You certainly can think fast in a scary situation! It is an adjustment especially when there are older siblings involved but before too long life as you know it now will become normal. Welcome to the group and this site is a GREAT source of information and there are many many wonderful people here willing to help. I'm so glad your son is ok!!!

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2008 - 8:09am
rainesmom's picture
Joined: 04/22/2008 - 08:01

But I didn't think fast - the staff at the clinic did, and the staff at the hospital did. We were very lucky.
After reading the posts here, I am realizing just how fortunate we really were. The doctor in the emerg sat down with me and explained how dangerous peanuts are, told me to get all peanut products out of the house immediately. He told me about cross-contamination and about products that may contain peanut even if you think they don't. One of the nurses came over, she has a son who has a severe PA, and she also went over how she deals with it. The emerg doctor also sent Raine's information to the allergy specialist for follow-up, and they called the next day.
My family doctor immediatley prescribed two epi-pens, and gave us lots of good reading material (including the link to this site!)
So, at least here in Saskatoon, our health care system worked wonderfully.
Thank you so much for your caring comments!! Especially since it's such an overwhelming time for our family. I'm really grateful for all the people before us who have made people aware of peanut allergies, and made it easier for families like ours.

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2008 - 10:45am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Hi! Welcome
How terribly scary that must have been for you! Don't beat your self up over what you did or didn't do... The point is.. He is OK and you move on fromthere. Beleive me I know. MY DS i 7 he had a reaction acouple of years ago and I stupidly didn't recognize it right away. He threw up and had a belly ache, then his eye swelled and had hives all over.. I gave him Benadryl. In about 20 minutes he was ok. I should have given him the Epi at that point but I thought that if he wasn't having trouble breathing then I don't need to do that. My allergist informed me differently. NOw I know. I feel horrible about it and thank god that it didn't get worse. but again now I know. I play it over and over in my mind.
It will be a challenge at first but you can manage it and it does get easier.

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