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Posted on: Fri, 03/15/2002 - 9:24pm
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Hello All,
Although we are quite worried about Max (PA, soy & eggs)and outside-the-home contamination, since we homeschool (grades 8, 7, 1 (cashew & guava allergic) and PreK) we won't have to deal with schools and their "policies".
Some friends have no idea what living with PA means. I guess we have to be the diligent ones and do the educating!
-patt

Posted on: Sat, 03/16/2002 - 1:51am
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I have always known I was allergic to peanuts and refused to eat them as a child. I didn't quite understand the severity of this allergy until I was an adult. Although, it was a scary situation, I must admit, sometimes you have to see the humor in a situation. I was getting ready to take my court reporters exam (8 years of night school, 2 kids, and a few family deaths later). I was alone. A week before, I had cut one of my fingers badly but didn't take a chance on stitches in case it affected my writing speed. The night before the writing exam, I found an old friend and we decided to go out for dinner. Went to a Chinese restaurant (I know --duh!?) and, of course, I ended up accidentally eating a fried noodle that was fried in peanut oil. I realized it right away and didn't swallow it, drank lots of water and tried to "minimize" the affect by eating white rice. (As if!) You guessed it - in a matter of minutes my face was swelling up, my tongue, my lips, my eyes and I basically felt like I had been run over by a truck. Up to this point, I had never had such a severe reaction - only itchiness, numbness (mouth) and extremely watery eyes. I had no idea what to do but I knew my test was very early the next morning so I didn't want to take anything that could make me drowsy. I went back to my hotel. Took a couple aspirins and figured I'd sleep it off. (Boy, was that the wrong choice!). I was lucky. The next morning, half of my head had gone back to normal, but one eye was still badly swollen and the one side of my face was still not back to its normal size. I went ahead and took my test. After removing the bandage from my cut finger and hoping that the bleeding doesn't get in the way of the writing, and angling my chair so I could see all the speakers (4), I wrote like my life depended on it. I know I got a lot of stares, but after 8 years I was determined not to miss this opportunity.
When I returned, I casually mentioned it to my DH and asked him to mention it to his allergist the next time he goes in. The allergist was pretty alarmed and asked to see me ASAP. He gave me 2 epipens, and referred me to FAN. (I guess they changed to FAAN since then.) I followed FAN for a while but when I wrote to them about airborn reactions after reading one of their articles that basically defended a schools position regarding removing peanuts. FAN believed at the time that we need to take responsibility for our children's understanding of their allergies and that "we cannot expect everyone to police our children's allergy." I mentioned that I was allergic to the smell of peanuts and that this type of allergy would require a "school effort" to protect our kids. They wrote back (not too kindly) that they had never heard of that and that I was not going to change their mind. (I have my copy somewhere). That's when I stopped my subscription and started wondering about my allergies until I found this terrific site and found so many other people who also have had experience with airborne reactions!! Now I have renewed my determination to protect myself. I bought a medic alert bracelet, carry Benadryl, an epipen and keep a PB free home and work environment. Thanks PA.com!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by gazun (edited March 16, 2002).]

Posted on: Sat, 03/16/2002 - 12:07pm
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gazun, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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