Open challenge, Should you do it...

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2000 - 7:25am
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What do you all think about this? The dr. wants to do one on Jason?
We had our apptment today but I will post later on this post about how it went.
Valerie

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2000 - 12:09pm
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Valerie,
Did the doctor say why he wanted to challenge him? Has he eaten peanuts before without a reaction or did he test negative on the RAST or skin-prick?

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2000 - 1:17pm
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Well, he did have the skin-prick, and it came back saying Soy,and peanut{higher for peanut}. So the Dr. said today he couldn't answer my list of thing I wanted to know till me find out how bad it is. I just don't know about this challenge thing. He has eating peanut stuff before with no really bad reaction{ just alot of runny diapers}. But what if one of the doses they give him does it. I don't know if again I'm over reacting. Heck when I ask the dr. about the epi-pen. He said I don't need to worry about that now. and I told him I got one for our family dr. he seemed to be a little mad about it! Ok just not sure about this all.
Thanks for listening,
Valerie
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Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 11:51am
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Ok, ya'll I know I'm going on and on about this but Jason's appt. is this Thur. and I am so freaked out about this. I don't know if this is something he needs to do. What if one of the doses of peanuts makes him react really bad? What if his reaction doesn't happen till later when we get home {not sure if that can happen, but}. Thanks for hearing me out.
Valerie

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 12:38pm
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Valerie,
I don't think you are freaking out. Of course, if my allergist wanted to challenge my son, I would freak out too. Honestly, I would not let him do this. I would accept the test to show that he is allergic! My son did not have an anaphylactic reaction until a few months ago, after many other reactions. I know that people have stated that their kids reacted to even the skin prick test. Oh, and yes, it is possible for them not to react until after they get home. Hopefully, more experienced people will respond and if you do a search here you may find some other threads on this! Let us know how it goes at the appt.

Posted on: Tue, 08/08/2000 - 10:40pm
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This is what I have read: Food challenges are an accepted medical practice and are used when other methods of allergy testing are inconclusive or seem to be wrong. For example my husband tests positive to egg proteins but has eaten them safely all his life so the tests are wrong. Food challenges are a very structured process with increasing amounts of the suspect food introduced orally. The persons that I have known who have had food challenges for their children had them done at the hospital with emergency equipment available. It was a day long event with the challenges in the morning and the child observed for the rest of the day in the day patients area of the children's hospital. Hope this helps.

Posted on: Wed, 08/09/2000 - 2:04am
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Thanks for letting me know that, I doc is planning to do it in his office. The hospital is across the street, {If even that far}. But he said nothing on it being a all day thing. We are to go in at 3:00 for the test. So Yes, I still alittle freaked but I guess I will stay that way til it's done and overwith.
Thank you all for helping. And send good vibes this all goes well.
Valerie

Posted on: Thu, 08/10/2000 - 11:40pm
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Chasie, so what happened? Did your child have the oral challenge? Tell us about it--I'm sure we'd all like to hear. I hope it all went well.

Posted on: Fri, 08/11/2000 - 6:13am
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I have been checking this sight often to see if you have posted yet about the appt. Please let us know.

Posted on: Sat, 08/12/2000 - 3:02am
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For those of you who are waiting for Chasie's reply, you can find her description of their ordeal at the ParentSoup allergies board. I stumbled across it this morning. [url="http://www.parentsoup.com"]www.parentsoup.com[/url]

Posted on: Sat, 08/12/2000 - 3:23am
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I posted this 1st on the other board Fri. then I was coming here. But get this Fri. afternoon, after lunch. Jason started to have a temp of 102.8 So I call the Family Dr. and ask if the challenge would have anything to do w/ this they said no. We gave him some meds. and then he started vomiting, and I can't tell ya how many diaper we went through too! So I kept dealing w/ it and giving him meds. Ever 4 hrs. And then around 7:00 pm he just started vomiting so much it freaked me and dad out.{and He had nothing to eat since around noon} So we called the Allergist on call and asked if it could be the challenge{ya know like a reaction of some kind} He said no, w/ a temp and all it must be a bug! Well today he is just find like nothing happened! So I don't know. I think it wasn't a bug, but who knows. Sorry this is even longer.But this is what I posted over there:
Now I wished I asked ya'll sooner. I posted that on Wed. night and that next morning we went for the open challenge. I'm in tears right now think about what I put my baby through and what he could have went through. But he did have it and YES, he did react. They gave in a penny size cracker w/ a pen size (if even that big) to eat. He didn't touch it, I put it in his mouth. Then we waited. And in mins. he had red marks all over him, but it wasn't bumps. His feet swelled up so bad I have to CUT his little shoes off!and his left eye looked like someone got a red marked and color from the brow to the check, his little eye were watery and red too. and he couldn't stop coughing. So the dr. said stop the test and gave him some meds. to stop the reaction. And we had to wait in the office for 2 1/5 hrs. (whice sucked) But He did act as if it didn't hurt, he was running around and being hisself. So the dr. told me to stay away from all peanut and he wants us to do the same w/ all nuts. but he said not to test him for those nuts till he is around 3 or 4. The one thing he said that I'm unsure about it: he said the chances are 0 for him to have any reaction to the legume family. But I hear so many people saying they do stay away! Why? And now the dr wants to do the challenge for Soy. Again I'm scaried! Sorry this is so long. Oh, the reddess and marks all went away before we left the office.
Valerie

Posted on: Sat, 08/12/2000 - 3:27am
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Wow Valerie, the past few days have been awful for you. I hope things continue to improve. Thanks for posting. By the way, I think your allergist is probably right about the virus as apparently there is a really virulent one out and about in Canada and the US right now and the symptoms sound just as you described. Take care.

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