Reaction today

Posted on: Fri, 11/03/2000 - 8:12am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

My son Thomas had a reaction today. I don't know how or where it came from but he ended up with a Hershey with almonds candy bar in his halloween bag. I had checked through it and traded him with safe candy. The candy that I traded him were small hershey bars (the ones with four squares) so the wrappers looked identical except for the words "with almonds". I had bought several bags of them to pass out and to trade with him. I wonder if there could have been an almond one in there by accident?!
He took one bite and started to react right away. I had to give him the epipen for the first time. We were off to the ER where they prescribed steroids for him and observed him. He didn't need anymore epi.
He is fine now.

Posted on: Fri, 11/03/2000 - 11:48am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I'm so glad your son is okay now!! I've tried writing this response at least 4 times now, and still can't come up with the right words to say. Just know that I'm thinking of you, and am so very glad your son is okay! Take care.

Posted on: Fri, 11/03/2000 - 11:51am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Sorry about your son's reaction. I glad to hear that he is OK. Did the wrapper on the candy he ate say almonds? If not, I would call Hershey right away and tell them what happened to your son. I know they take food allergies very seriously. Maybe they will issue a warning about that product.
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Posted on: Fri, 11/03/2000 - 12:25pm
MattsMom's picture
Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

So VERY glad Thomas is doing better now! I definently would contact Hershey's about the reaction. I hate that your little one went through this, maybe Hershey can prevent anybody else from having to, as well. Give him a bug hug and cuddle from us! We're thinking about you!

Posted on: Fri, 11/03/2000 - 11:35pm
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

I'm so sorry PattyR! But that just goes to show that no matter how careful we are, accidents do happen. . .that's why they are called accidents! I am SOOOOO glad you were prepared and your son is O-K. How scary for both of you. Take care!! Deanna

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 2:36am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I am so very sorry to hear of your son's reaction. I am curious: had he ever reacted to almonds before, or were you keeping him away from them only as a precaution? My daughter has reacted to peanuts and walnuts, so we keep her away from all nuts, but in the back of my mind I have wondered if she really is allergic to all nuts. I hope you are feeling like a great mom because you reacted so well, and did all the right things when you knew he was having a reaction! Good for you!

Posted on: Sat, 11/04/2000 - 1:38pm
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for your responses and support. I am going to call Hersheys just to see if there is a chance that this candy bar was in the milk chocolate bag. The candy bar was labeled so I don't know how I missed it. Ugh! As far as I know he has never had an almond before but we have always kept him away from them since we know he is allergic to other tree nuts as well.
On the bright side...this was a good learning experience. Thomas was shocked that the Epipen was not nearly as bad as he had imagined. He actually said it was way better than he had thought it would be. I think it will help if and when there are future reactions.
I do feel good that I did the right thing but it took me a couple of times of not doing the right thing to get to this point! It is a learning process for sure.
He feels immediate relief from the Epipen. I had started to give him benydryl but he told me no, he knew he needed the epi.
I also felt better at the ER. I was so much more in control this time due to having learned so much at this board. The last time we were at the ER (2 yrs ago) was a disaster. The doctor didn't know what to do and either did I. They waited an hour to give him the epinephrine.
I still can't believe this happened. I do feel so cautious and people in general think I am way overly cautious. How often would we have reactions if I wasn't so cautious?

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2001 - 3:56am
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

How is she doing now?? That's horrible! You think you're buying something safe for your daughter and it really has nuts in it. How scary. I hope you get somewhere with the corporate office. Take care. Deanna

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2001 - 4:28am
mamagaona's picture
Joined: 12/29/2000 - 09:00

OY VEi, as we would say!!!! What in the world are walnuts doing in a bagel?????? No one should be able to call something like that a bagel. Sure hope they don't open up in NJ. They'll have to deal with me then [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2001 - 5:02am
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We ate at Panera here in Chattanooga one time and they have no kid's menu other then PB&J. I did post a little about this experience under Living With A Peanut Allergy because there was a teenage boy there with some friends. He asked his friend if there were any peanuts on it and the guy said NO. He ate some of his friends sticky bun and then the friend replied, "Just walnuts." The PA kid looked absolutely frightened and staired at the kid and acted like he did not know what to do. The first thing I noticed was he did not have a Medic Alert bracelet and he did not have an Epi. I was ready to inject him with my son's EPi when the other guy said, "Just joking", with a great big smile on his face. I was ready to scream at the guy but my husband restrained me. The rest of the conversation consisted of how cool it was to go Trick or Treating with the PA boy because he gave away all of his nut containing candies. I will NEVER eat there again with my son. I just don't trust this restaurant because they make many other desserts (cookies, brownies, sticky buns) that do have some kind of nuts in it.

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2001 - 11:04am
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Joined: 03/27/2001 - 09:00

Thanks, everyone for your responses. My daughter is totally fine now. I called the corporate office today. The person I spoke with was very aware of the severity of nut allergies. Apparently this company has had some type of incident in the past. He said that he doesn't feel that a person with nut allergies should eat anything there because of their baking procedures. I told his that I appreciatd his honesty, but they should really change their labeling and signs. Not to mention educating their staff. He promised to alert everyone, attempt to change the sign, and research the issue further. I gave him both this website and FAAN's. So. at least I felt like I got somewhere with that.



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