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Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2000 - 12:27am
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I don't think you have to switch schools for your child due to not having a nurse. I would however also train the director of her school and anyone else who may come in contact with her on using the epipen and what to look for.
THere is a great web site and someone here posted it somewhere that was created specifically to train teachers/school personnel in how to use an epi, and signs to watch for. Very simple and user friendly, I hope this is the right address:
[url="http://www.parsons.umaryland.edu/epipen/index.html"]www.parsons.umaryland.edu/epipen/index.html[/url]
My daughter goes to a private school in NYC that has no nurse and I met with all her teachers, (her two class teachers, her art teacher, gym teacher, music, etc.) A few people that worked in the office, the director and others to give a demonstration on how to use the epipen, how to spot a reaction, etc. I also left about 5 epi-pens there, they are located all over the school so they are easily accesible depending on where she is (they move around a lot for kindergarteners!).
ANyway, just because someone is a school nurse wouldn't automatically give them much experience in PA or epi-pens. Just my opinion. At first its overwhelming but you really do adjust, most days I don't even think about it.
She is pretty aware of her allergies now and has accepted that she cannot eat a lot of candies that other kids eat (which is just fine anyway but of course the potato chip habit she has is out of this world LOL)
Halloween is coming up again and I buy a lot of stuff w/out nuts and after she goes trick or treating we go through it and switch whatever is questionable. I used to do that anyway before I was sure of her allergy, like get rid of any chokable type candies when she was really young, etc.

Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2000 - 3:31pm
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My appointment is less than a week away for both kids. Do you think I have it covered "properly"? Skin test both for everything except peanuts. No peanut test at all for Jesse because it's obvious. RAST test for Ember for peanuts. Any additional thoughts? I'm getting more nervous as the time approaches, not because of the results I may get but simply because it has to be done. I've also decided to have my daughter done first as she is younger (3) and then her Grandmother can console her, if need be, while Jesse is done next. Does that make sense? Thanks all. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 10/23/2000 - 10:48pm
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Hi cindy, I had my son tested at 1 year and my daughter at 5. My son was excellent through the entire thing. Naturally we knew he was going to react to the peanut. The doctor told us he would test the nut up higher just because he was assuming the reaction would happen. sure enough he reacted so quickly that the doctor wiped the test right off. He say there is that answer. the only problem is he also reacted to every nut except for walnut. He had very small reactiont to this. The pistachio was very bad. We had him tested to everything. Naturally they will be uncomfortable,but it is something they get over quickly. We had him done again before kindergarten and same results. He did fine. We bought some new toys and wrapped them and let him open them after unless he got cranky during this we would have given them to him during the test. Then they don't know what is going on. It was amazing how the little trinkets worked. My daughter was tested to cats and things like this. she was 5 and never made a peep. It wasn't comfortable but she was fine. With her it was the McDonalds she was getting after. Let me know how you do. Claire

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