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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:36 pm 
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Before children, my husband and I really enjoyed great hikes and camping. We live near Toronto but spend a few weeks a year in Vancouver. We were really looking forward to bringing our daughter on amazing hikes and camping trips... until that first ana reaction!
We've managed to get somewhat comfortable with air travel and have been to Mexico (timeshare with full private kitchen, brought her food including prepared packed on dry ice) and continued our trips west but as much as nature is pulling our hearts, I can't yet wrap my head around real camping.

I'd love to hear what you have to say and any experiences or precautions you've taken.
The only things I can think of (beyond the obvious like only home-prepared foods, having extra epis etc) are:
--trying to find a place to camp that still has healthcare accessible or within 30 minutes (pipedream?)
--trying to determine cell coverage in advance or seeing about renting a satellite phone
--alerting park management in advance

Fears I have to manage:
--stinging insects; there's been no exposure so I have no idea if she's allergic to insect venom
--heli-paramedics; when I last spoke with a nurse/paramedic when we tried to plan a camping trip, the site was within 15 minutes for airlift (GREAT!) BUT then discovered that airlifts are not always available, so you can't plan that as a reliable back up strategy

For any west-coasters, I'd love to be able to take her to some place like Garibaldi - an easy hike in with kids but that outstanding natural beauty. Do you know of any suitable parks / places to camp that are not remote or that you have felt comfortable going to?

The other thing we want to do is take the ferry to likely Victoria (I've never been and it's been years for my husband). Can anyone recommend a good place to stay where we can still get reservations (for August) and have a full kitchen?

Here's hoping...

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daughter: ana for egg, sesame, dairy, pistachio/cashew/hazelnut. on contact. allergic+ to soy protein isolate, environmental allergies (e.g. dogs, dust mites). asthma. eczema.
son: peanuts, tree-nuts, OAS, environmental allergies. asthma.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:58 pm 
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trying to find a place to camp that still has healthcare accessible or within 30 minutes (pipedream?)

I believe Provincial Road maps show hospitals on them. You can plan a rendezvous point 30 minutes from your camp site and if you have to call 911 give this as your meeting point. (Write it out on paper and keep in the glove compartment of the car)
Check with the province to ensure the paramedics are able to give epinephrine and that they carry it.

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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb


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