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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:41 pm 
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That's what my 6 year old DS said after I popped him with the Epi on THursday after school. The two days previous he had serious reactions ... when we probably should have used the Epi....

So, on Thursday after school I made the boys popcorn with White Cheddar flavouring...he got hives, runny nose, itchy eyes, raspy voice and his lips had some mild swelling. After having 2 serious reactions (where I should have used the Epi) I decided that I could not risk his life and gave it to him. He freaked when I told him I was going to use it, but then was able to calm down and lie on the floor while I poked him...he did not flinch, scream, cry or move. And after, he just asked for a band-aid! he did awesome. I think I handled it alright. My 8 year old called 911 while I was giving the Epi...we had previously reviewed our address, and what his job was (either bring me the phone or call 911) should I have to give the epi. he did amazing. I'm actually going to call his principal and see if he can be recognized at school for his amazing help.

By the time the paramedics arrived, the hives were going down, lips were better and his voice was improving (the Epi, obviously working), but still raspy. he enjoyed the ambulance ride! WE spent 5 hours in emerg and then went home. He later told his younger brother not to worry if he needed the EPi, cause it doesn't hurt! The ER doc was great and praised me for using the EPI. Our allergist nurse also said that too. She also said parents need more praise when they do use the Epi. HOpefully we'll get in on teh 29th...for now with the allergy nurse we have decided to pull all dairy and see how it goes. I will keep a record of all reactions...no matter how mild.

So there is my update...a bit scary, but I'm not as traumatized as I thought I would be. Whew, one under my belt and hopefully no more!

It's kind of funny cause I had just been thinking before that for me I didn not think it would be "if" the opportunity arose but "when" the opportunity would come to use the Epi. Hoping we can figure it all out. Kind of stressed now with feeding him...it all feels so out of control.

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Caleb - NKA
Owen - ana to eggs, dairy, allergic to cats, dogs, mould,asthma, eczema,
Benjamin - ana to peanut, egg, sesame & kiwi, asthma, eczema
Mattea - outgrew FPIES to a host of things!!!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:46 pm 
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Hi Kim,
Good for you for recognizing the signs and giving your son the epi-pen. I agree, the staff at Children's were just great. I too received tons of praise for making the tough decision to give it to Brayden. That's why we have it and I think if/when next time comes around, it will be so much easier to make that decision.

Hope things settle down though for you for a while.

We just came back from our allergy specialist today and now get to add nuts to Brayden's allergies. Oh well, we were avoiding them anyways.

Kids are troopers though in all of this! Glad to hear your son wasn't traumatized by the whole ordeal. Funny, my son also thought the ambulance ride was cool. :)

Take care, Jenn

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Dad was allergic to yeast as a child and had asthma.
7 mth old son-no known allergies.


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Kim - well done by you and your oldest. These situations are unnerving - to say the least - but you guys got the job done, and kept your reacting son calm. That's great.

I know you're in that place now that many of us have been: what did he react to and why. Anything on the ingredients that son hasn't been tested for, that maybe allergist, would or should test for?

Or perhaps you want to call the manufacturer to check whether there's a may contain issue with the known allergens?

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I too, am sorry that you and your sons have had to go through a reaction tha was severe enough to warrant using your auto-injector but having said that...It's nice to know that:
1. You can do it
2. To see how quickly the reactions subside (not sure if this happens so quickly every time but it's been my experience that it does-early use helps in thatthe symptoms it is couter-acting are less than if you wait)
3. He will not be as afraid of the needle if there is a next time.

And to Jenn TR-Ugh! I know that feeling...hang in there.

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All of you handled the situation very well! Your story sounds much like ours in that the 'fear of the epi' was far worse than actually using it.

We were also commended for using the epi --- the staff at Children's said too many people come in with the epi in hand for the staff to administer. Actually the paramedics said it too.

My 12 y/o said the epi hurt less than one of the vaccinations in grade 4.

It was interesting reading your note as I remembered that we were actually relieved that she had an anaphylactic reaction so we knew what it was like and that using the epi was not a big deal after all. We know that for next time I'll take the time to bring distractions for the "just in case" time at the hospital!

Were you able to get safe food at Children's? The meal from the hospital contained two different items she could not have and then it was really hard finding anything in the small food court..

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Yes, it is almost a relief knowing that we "can do it". Knowing this, I will (hopefully) not hesitate to use it again.
The only food they offered us (as we missed supper) was ice cream. Given that he is ana to eggs, I said no as I've not yet found a safe ice cream. Then they found some arrowroot cookies, which I checked and were OK - so he had about 20 of those! Yes, next time (hopefully that will not be for awhile) I will have a stash of stuff to bring along...some safe snacks and his favourite "blankey" - that probably would have helped him fall asleep...he was still up at 10:30pm!

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Caleb - NKA
Owen - ana to eggs, dairy, allergic to cats, dogs, mould,asthma, eczema,
Benjamin - ana to peanut, egg, sesame & kiwi, asthma, eczema
Mattea - outgrew FPIES to a host of things!!!


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Since my husband and I were both there he popped over to a store near the hospital and got some snacks and something to read. It was such a bizarre time...

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