Friday, August 30, 2013

Food allergies: A sad story from California

As I've mentioned before, Brady has a pretty strong allergy to eggs, both yolks and whites, cooked in something or whole, ingested or touched or even breathed in.

His reaction if he eats it is to throw up. If he touches the whites (or an egg wash on something), he breaks out all over his face. The other day he came in the kitchen after I'd peeled a dozen hard-boiled eggs and the second he smelled it, he started coughing and I had to give him benadryl (I now make sure he isn't nearby when I'm doing that).

His father sent me this link to pass on. It's about a 13-year-old girl in California with a peanut allergy who unknowingly had some and died. They want her death to serve as education and I'd like to help that process.

It's hard, let me tell you. If I haven't asked someone what they put in a dish, he doesn't eat it. Even the bread for communion at church because, you guessed it, egg. But that doesn't mean we're safe. Doesn't mean he won't forget someday. Doesn't mean we won't get complacent (see the time I almost gave him egg!)

Please, if you can, share this girl's story so that others will learn from it.

21 comments:

  1. Will certainly share. I have a peanut allergy and watch what I eat constantly. I walk around with a epi-pen but its scary.

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    1. Peanut allergies are so scary because they seem to be more severe and also peanut butter is used in so much. I need to get an epipen for Brady. I never considered his that severe because it usually induces vomiting, but I guess you can never be too safe about it.

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    1. Food allergies can be a challenge, but my goodness there are some that are much worse than what we deal with. It's very scary.

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  3. We are always careful about allergies - I have one to bees and cucumbers. If you do not have an Epipen specific to you, then go GET ONE. They now make them with doses for children.

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    1. Cucumbers? I'd never heard that one before. You are right, I need to get back to the allergist. You never know what you might encounter.

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    2. I will do my best to remember not to bring cucumbers as a garden gift!!!

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  4. Oh that's so tragic. I will absolutely share.

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    1. Thanks, Missy. If I am making something for a potluck with kids, I don't want to ever use peanut butter in it again.

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    1. It is so tragic and heartbreaking and they even did everything right :(

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  6. I will definitely share this :), I have the peanut allergy too along w many other food allergies- its def hard esp when going out to places/family gatherings n asking what is in whatever dish. Doesn't hurt to ask though :)

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    1. Thank you. Oh my goodness, I'm sorry to hear about your peanut and other allergies. It can be SO difficult. I have to always ask and if they don't know, we skip it. I am fortunate my only allergy so far is to Tylenol, though I one time took a cold medicine and didn't realize it had it in it. Oh boy that was awful.

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  7. I haven't had much interaction with little ones and food allergies, but I can't imagine how difficult it would be. I stress and worry so much already! Thank you for passing on the story.

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    1. I know, one more thing to worry about! ACK! But I guess if you live it you just get used to it.

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  8. How scary! I have food allergies and find it hard to stick with them as an adult sometimes. Just recently I ate french fries that were labelled as gluten free, got violently ill & then found out they were fried in the same fryer as chicken nuggets!

    Thank you for sharing this story, I will definitely pass it on.

    Raj
    Pink Chai Style

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    1. Oh no, sorry to hear about yours too! Brady's throwing up is so unpleasant and immediate, he typically remembers. It's a bummer when things are cooked with other things. My kiddo broke out all over his face because he had toast cooked a grill that they had cooked eggs on. Ugh.

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  9. It is very scary. While my children do not have any allergies, I do always keep in mind when sending food to school that whatever I send in is safe. Sadly way too many parents do not do this. I remember when my oldest was in Kindergarten and he was in the same class as a boy who was allergic to peanuts. Several times Hunter would tell me that other kids brought in snacks for the entire class that included peanut butter or peanut even though the teacher time and time again asked us NOT to include these ingredients.

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop. I hope you will join us again next week!
    Kerry from Country living On A Hill

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    1. You know, I can't recall if I've ever sent things with peanut butter before but I know I sure don't ever want to now. I do recall his preschool had that situation and I was very careful not to include peanut anything even in his lunch so she wouldn't have a chance to even touch it. It's hard to take my son to potlucks. Fortunately most of the parents at his school send something along for him without egg and I leave a baggie of appropriate snacks so he can have a treat at parties too. He handles pretty well, I have to say.

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  10. Omg!! This is really heart breaking story. :'(

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    1. It really is. I keep coming back to it and thinking about it.

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