Nightmare

Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2006 - 2:09am
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No really it was a real nightmare.

My son PA was complaining of sore throat and his nose hurting.Last night. I didn't give him anything,no hives , but he continued to wake up crying because of it in the middle of the night.(he is fine this morning and i'm sure that's what caused this dream.)

Then the nightmare,
Logan was at a hotel with family going to a wedding everyone was eating and i was worried and keeping an eye on him. As we started down the hallway Logan said he was not feeling well,i saw hives and then he fell to the ground saying he can't breath. I grabbed for the epi in his epi-belt and never having used one before pannicked he was un responsive and i was fumbling.
I took the wrong end off and the medicine came out.So i grabbed the other epi-pen in my purse, which i carry, opened it the right way ,of course remember this is a dream. the needle bent a little on his pants then i finally got it in.I then ran to the phone,which was in the hallway and scared ****less, cause now i didn't have another epi-pen.I don't want to know how it ended that's as far as i remember.

Moral of the story, I guess i better get a third epi-pen and better practice using a fake one, so in a emergency i know how to use it.

I always thought in a emergency i would be able to use the epi-pen quick and properly, but when your own child is unresponsive you are in shock and pannick with the epi-pen.

Thanks to this night mare, i now will practice with a fake epi-pen with my son. so then he know's what to expect also if he is allert when injecting it.
It's probably a good idea to let him practice using the fake epi-pen on himself too.

amazing i eat, live and dream this allergy,
Thank god it was only a dream,and now i am more prepared.

Natasha

Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2006 - 2:48am
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I think that's a pretty common nightmare (or variations of it). But I also think it's like those weird pregnancy dreams where you dream that you are totally incapable of caring for your new baby. In mine, I'd always be leaving the baby unprotected outdoors. It's just your body's way of dealing with these fears. But when faced with the actual situation, most people are just fine with a newborn (and don't leave it outside in the snow), and I think that if our children were in need of an epipen injection in an emergency situation, most of us would keep our heads, not panic, and respond appropriately. Or at least I'm pretty sure I would--I tend to be pretty level headed even when things are going nuts around me.
Sarah

Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2006 - 2:57am
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I seem to remember having 'oh no! - where did I leave my baby?' nightmares after my son was born.
In one of my PA dreams, I was doing something to one of my apple trees and a piece of bark fell off the trunk. Under the bark, were tidy little rows of peanuts - much like you would find insect eggs.
I guess it was my brain's interpretation of 'hidden peanuts'.

Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2006 - 4:30am
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i dream that people chase me and my son down the street with pbj sandwitches...

Posted on: Fri, 09/29/2006 - 4:51am
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I usually have one of my two recurrent nightmares re: PA when I my rational side is trying to talk me into something that my intuition rebels against as being waaaay outside my comfort zone.
Like travelling to a location too far away from medical aid (or even seriously considering it and trying to rationalize why it will be just fine....).
So while these dreams are very haunting, I look at them as my brain's way of telling me when I am veering from the straight and narrow. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 2:42pm
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Anyone else having dreams , about this allergy.
It's amazing how much it really effects our lives.
Natasha

Posted on: Mon, 10/02/2006 - 4:10pm
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bringing it to the top [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 10/02/2006 - 11:26pm
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Natasha, it is a good idea to practice with the epi-trainer (no sharpie and no medicine in it). I trained my son when he was about 5. I don't expect him to self-administer, but then, I don't expect him to cross the street himself yet either and I'm teaching him to look both ways.
For yourself, I would also suggest practicing with a real expired epi-pen. I use an orange to practice with the real one. I wouldn't do that in front of a small child -- do it yourself first, then decide if he is ready to see the real thing. I still don't feel my son is ready for that. He knows the epi-pen is a needle and he's terrified of needles. Why add additional stres by making him look at it, right?

Posted on: Mon, 10/02/2006 - 11:41pm
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Isn't that sad , it haunts our dreams...me too.
I recently had a dream where I couldn't breath I believed I was having a severe reaction, and even found myself getting up to get my daughters epi, only to stop myself, I have been sleep walking a bit lately, but I think it had to do with the fact I recently after getting new epi's , tried and expired one on a cucumber, it was good too because the force was more than I had considerd, no accident but I made sure my 5 year old didn't see just how big and thick the needle is, I think it would go through the pants just fine. trying our old expired epi also cleared up some confusion about how it really works, not that I would recommend it a teacher training my daughters teacher in Sept hit himself with an active epi and has to go to hospital, now that I think of it , I wonder where he got an active epi???

Posted on: Tue, 10/03/2006 - 7:14am
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I have also had nightmares about my daughters allergy. What is really sad is I think she sometimes does also. She has been talking in her sleep latley. Night before last she came in with her dad after visting her aunt. She had this mystery cough and was sounding kind of wheezy. My husband and I were asking her is she had eaten anything she said she hadnt but her throat was kind of hurting.. We watched her closley she didnt have anymore symptoms or anything. I stayed awake an hour after she fell asleep watching her as I picked her up to carry her to bed she started saying no dont touch it Im allergic... It made me so sad to think that she was even in her dreams worried about touching something... Im sure it was because her dad and I were concerned about the cough and she picked up on it, she's 4yrs old.

Posted on: Tue, 10/03/2006 - 10:01am
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I've been dreaming about this nearly every night since we learned that our son had PA. It doesn't help that I'm pregnant and had crazy pregnancy dreams before that.
I hope that they become less frequent with time. I don't sleep well already due to being very pregnant and uncomfortable.
Amy

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