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 Post subject: He Remembers
PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:39 pm 
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I'm feeling very confused. I think this is a good thing - but yet, it makes me want to cry.

My son is 8 and this past week he was asking some questions about bugs. He wants to see a wasp so that he knows what it looks like. We aren't sure that's what actually stung him when he had his reaction.

I always thought he had completely forgotton about his reactions because he was so young when they happened. The first I think he was 2, and the second he was 3. But, when we were talking, he remembered exactly where he was when he got stung - what he was doing - and where on his body he was stung.

This is a good thing, isn't it?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:51 pm 
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It is a good thing that he remembers insofar as he will be careful in future---I think it sometimes takes a bad experience to give us that "radar" sense of when to look out for possible exposure to allergens. (Although sometimes adults do get that hyperawareness of their surrounding just through being concerned about what might happen.)

But it's sad that he had such a terrifying experience at that young of an age--2 is *very* young.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:40 am 
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He doesn't remember the reaction at 2 - which was really scary for me. But he remember the one at 3. He didn't seem scared when he was talking about it, although, I did sense a bit of underlying fear. But, almost a healthy fear, if you know what I mean.


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AnnaMarie, that is exactly like my daughter (except she's only 4 so it hasn't been that long). She remembers every detail of her last few reactions, even one that happened more than 2.5 years ago. She isn't fearful, but she's very aware and also very curious about allergies. She takes the initiative to ask questions about what she's eating and she also likes to know what allergies other people have. Sometimes she even questions me about the allergies of plants, animals and inanimate objects! ("Mommy, what are the flowers on the shelf allergic to? They look very brown and sick." Ha! Busted as a plant-murderer by my 4 yr old)

I think it's a good thing because it creates a good dialogue about allergies (in our house, a constant dialogue because she's a chatterbox). :)


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