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Author Topic: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on  (Read 198086 times)

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Offline spacecanada

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Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Reply #1740 on: May 18, 2019, 05:49:04 PM »
I took a look at the Ironman race package today.  I expected there to be nutty things at the aid stations, and there are some nutty energy bars.  What I didn't expect to be there were potato crisps at every run aid station!  I may actually have to hold my breath or run around the aid stations if people are opening and eating crisps all over the course.  Nuts don't aerosolise much in energy bar form, but potato crisps are a total snot fest with itchy eyes/ears/lips when people open and eat them close to me. 

Adding 'do not attempt to get water or a banana from the aid station' to my list of reminders for race day, and further complications due to food allergies.  I'll also double up on the antihistamines that day, take Ventolin before the run, and mention it to the medical officials at check in to make sure they know that if I'm wheezing on the run course it's more likely to be anaphylaxis than asthma.   :disappointed:

I planned to bring my own food and electrolyte drinks anyway, but was hoping to be able to get water if needed.  Time to adjust my plans. 

At least they specifically say in the race documents that racers requiring puffers or EpiPens need to keep them on their person at all times, which is awesome.
anaphylaxis to tree nuts, peanuts, potato, wheat, and sorghum

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Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Reply #1741 on: June 10, 2019, 10:02:58 PM »
So I got an email from the middle school nurses office today informing me that all epi pens and inhalers would be sent home with the kids on Tuesday...

THERE ARE TWO MORE DAYS OF SCHOOL...WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY!!!

How did anyone in their right mind think this was a good idea?  If DS was younger and had more time in this school, then I would fight this, but he's done with this school in 2 days.  In years past, they have always sent them home on the last day.
DS (13 yrs) TN
DD (16 yrs) cat, wasps and yellow jackets

NH, USA

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Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Reply #1742 on: June 10, 2019, 10:24:43 PM »
What the... ???

We always picked up medications with our report cards a day or two after classes let out.  Kids usually end school on a Wednesday and report card pickup and was on Thursday and/or Friday. 

Sometimes people just don't think things through. 
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Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Reply #1743 on: June 11, 2019, 04:20:54 PM »
That's weird and seems risky!  Can your DS self carry for 2 days?  That is what I would insist on.

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Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Reply #1744 on: June 12, 2019, 08:36:54 AM »
He self carries anyway so I really wasn't worried about him, but what about the kid who forgot their epi or inhaler on one of the last two days of school...it's just bizarre to me.
DS (13 yrs) TN
DD (16 yrs) cat, wasps and yellow jackets

NH, USA

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Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Reply #1745 on: June 12, 2019, 03:08:36 PM »
I agree but selfishly am glad your son is covered!

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Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Reply #1746 on: June 12, 2019, 07:11:28 PM »
So the story sort of continues...let's start with DS is fine and did not have a reaction.  He told me an ice cream truck was coming to school today so we discussed how this was risky, but that he could look and see if there was something like a bomb pop which he has had many times before.  I get a text at 11:30 that says "I went to get ice cream and I got a bomb pop. Only I got ahead of myself and took a bite with the candy and then saw it was processed in a facility with tree nuts".  I send back a text that says do you feel ok?  So my phone rings and I can tell he is emotional and explain that he is probably fine because so far as we know to date he has never had a reaction due to cross contamination.  The nurse gets on the phone and says he is physically fine, no signs of reaction.  I asked if he wanted to come home and he said yes.  So we talked about it and he told me as soon as he saw the label that he threw it away and told a teacher that he might have a problem.  He said he hadn't even finished the sentence about allergies and the teacher was on way with him to the nurses office.  It turns out it was a watermelon flavored bomb pop which he has never had that uses some sort of candy as the watermelon seeds.

Basically DS was scared and learned a good lesson about reading every label every time.

I said something to him about the epi pens and the nurses office...he said the nurse said they keep extras on hand so they were covered.  Ok fine for an epi, but do nurse's stock asthma meds too? 
DS (13 yrs) TN
DD (16 yrs) cat, wasps and yellow jackets

NH, USA

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Re: Living with Food Allergies, 2013 and on
« Reply #1747 on: June 12, 2019, 07:16:36 PM »
Sounds like he did great!  Good that he was scared, you have taught him well.  Not easy I know.  But he handled it all very well.

Hugs to you Mom!