What would you do in this situation?

Posted on: Sun, 12/29/2002 - 12:10pm
Elizasmom's picture
Joined: 09/07/2002 - 09:00

I took my daughter to the movies the other day. I was thinking about getting her popcorn, so I started my usual questioning of the manager at the snack stand. I explained that she was allergic to peanuts and treenuts, and he said that he was allergic to nuts as well. I asked him is he carried a shot, and he said, "No, because my throat doesn't close all the way up." I just said "Be careful!", but now I feel a bit guilty that I didn't really scare him. His throat probably would close all the way if he ate enough. Maybe I should have shown him the Epipen. He may not have even seen one. It might encourage him to know that it would just be like carrying a magic marker around. Maybe I should take her there again and make a point of bringing it up again.

Posted on: Sun, 12/29/2002 - 1:35pm
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

I would definitely try and get him to understand how serious it can be. Even if his throat has never closed completely, it could next time, or his blood pressure could drop and his organs can start shutting down. Maybe refer him to this site. Do what you can, but be prepared for some negativity, ultimately it's his problem.

Posted on: Sun, 12/29/2002 - 10:38pm
Sandy's picture
Joined: 05/27/2002 - 09:00

I have been in that situation twice. They were young adults around 19 or 20yrs old.(at that age they think that nothing can hurt them!) I explained everything to them. I scared the pants off of them! They didn't realize that the allergy can get worse. They thanked me very much for letting them know.

Posted on: Mon, 12/30/2002 - 12:11am
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

I have been in this situation quite a few times. I have met MANY food allergic people (esp tree nuts) who dont' carry pens. I just reinforce the seriousness of the situation and let them take it from there!

Posted on: Thu, 01/02/2003 - 11:27am
Gracie's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

I've been on the other side of the coin before and would have appreciated someone telling me how serious nut allergies can be.
I'm allergic to walnuts and my tongue and throat swell up some (maybe it's just my tongue?), but it never interfers with my breathing. I never even realized it could be a serious allergy! It wasn't until my son reacted to peanuts and my pediatrician about had a cow when I told her how I react to walnuts. Needless to say, I never eat them now.
I know it sounds stupid not to know the seriousness of something like this, but until someone informed me, I just didn't know.


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