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 Post subject: Hello from Australia
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:00 am 
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Joined: Thu Sep 22, 2005 8:38 am
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Location: Australia
What a welcome site! I look forward to spending more time here, looking for links and becoming more informed.
I'm Margaret and I am an adult with anaphlatic asthma - reacting to airborne allergens - of unknown origin - I have reacted to aerosol spray mists - hair spray, deodrants, perfumes - there are places where I do not venture.
I have 2 children - both asthmatic and allergic to penicillin - but not anaphlatic.
I am a secondary school teacher who suddenly had an anaphlatic episode in a classroom five years ago when a student sprayed an aerosol spray and I walked into the mist. No one knew what was wrong with me - it was 2 years before someone could tell me what was wrong.
Last year my employer 'investigated' me thinking they would pension me out due to my 'disability'. I searched the net, was sent to immunologists, toxocologist, psychologists and rehabilation specialists - I organised and printed safety leaflets for the staffrooms, inserviced staff on emergency procedures, informed hospital and paramedical staff in the area, put information out in newsletters to students and parents. Hopefully I can learn more of my condition - and keep on improving my daily life.


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 Post subject: Welcome to our Forums
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 11:58 am 
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Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:17 pm
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Location: Niagara region, Ontario
Hello and welcome!! I hope you will find some good information here. The people here are very supportive and it helps to know we are not alone. I think it is great to correspond with people from other countries as well, since you may have access to different ideas and information.

It is neat that you are from Australia. My husband and I had always hoped to travel the world, but due to my nut allergies, I do not feel comfortable travelling outside of North America. However, I have said to him that maybe we could go to Britain and Australia, as we could at least communicate easily. Is your country fairly knowledgeable about anaphylaxis and food allergies? Do you think restaurants there would be able to accomodate allergies easily?

I wish you all the best and hope you will be able to find solutions to your allergies. You sound very proactive and positive--that will certainly help.

Soccermom


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 4:36 am 
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Location: Australia
Is your country fairly knowledgeable about anaphylaxis and food allergies? When I started to research my condition I have found very little information in Australia on allergies - even Specialists here do not know anything about my allergies and were not willing to investigate. They did offer to admit me to Intensive Care - intube me -and then test my reactions. Their next suggestion was when I had a reaction and to drive myself on the highway 30 km to them so they can see what happens , the ambulance takes me to the nearest hospital. I have had to explain my condition to many as hospital doctors have told me that I can not possibly have asthma and anaphyllaxis. The doctors changed their minds when I started reacting after the adrenalin began to wear off.

Do you think restaurants there would be able to accomodate allergies easily? Most places are aware but the use of kitchen equipment and cross contamination would be a concern -

Anaphylaxis had been on the news after a death of a NSW school boy from peanut butter - eaten in a game of Dare on a school excursion. Schools - individually - have policies but each State Education Department is slow in getting the Laws into gear -

It is great to read about others and how they overcome their difficulties, every day is a challenge and as I have 2 children, I can only work forward and face each day with a smile


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 Post subject: imgemini
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:30 am 
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Location: Canada
I have found during my lifetime that Canada is getting more knowlegdeable about allergies and ana reactions.

I remeber the "school culture from NZ" in the 70's. We looked to the Aussies for our examples. I have excellent memories from there . My school was great !

That is so sad about that young man being dared in NSW. :(

Maybe" He " will be the driving force to inprove things to proctect the children and adults also. Sometimes out of a tradegey a mirale will happen and it makes a spark in the hearts of the human beings.

Kelly


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 8:40 am 
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Location: Niagara region, Ontario
imgemini,

I hope things will improve for you as far as awareness and knowledge of your allergies by others. I can definitely say that there has been a big improvement in Canada since my diagnosis 20 some years ago. I remember going to a resaurant back then and telling the waitress I'd have the cake if there were no nuts in it. She brought it and my cousin took a bite first, saying "this is loaded with nuts!!". There was very little knowledge then, even by the patients. My doctor said you're allergic. That's it. Nothing about cross-contamination, carrying adrenaline, wearing a medic-alert etc etc.

Do you have any allergy associations there that you can join? The ones I belong to here (both Canadian and American) have been hugely valuable in teaching and supporting me.

Wishing you all the best,

Soccermom


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 7:45 pm 
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Location: Australia
Thank you soccermum
For all my searching - there is very little in the way of support for adults with allergies in Australia. Anaphylaxis in children has been getting of the ground in the last 4 years. I teach with a couple who have an anaphylaxis son and there is as accociation which they are in, but not for adults but I still keep searching and thinking - one day....
margaret


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