My worst nightmare realized, Part 1

Posted on: May 8, 2014

I used to be a school receptionist.  At the school I worked at there were many children with life threatening food allergies.  I used to look at our allergy “hot list” and pray to God that my children would never have food allergies.  Since my husband and I don’t have food allergies, I figured our children wouldn’t either.

I was wrong.

Our oldest son showed signs of food allergies from a very young age.  He eventually outgrew some of his allergies and I began to think we were in the clear.  Then one day, he broke out in hives after having some Nutella and I knew we were in trouble.  Nutella contains Hazelnuts; a tree nut.  Tree nuts are one of the FDA’s top 8 allergens and one that can cause anaphylactic shock.  From that day on, we kept our son away from all nuts, as well as shellfish and sesame, which he had also had a reaction to.


Fast forward to this past Thanksgiving.  We were at my in-laws house and my son ate an oatmeal raisin cookie.  We didn’t think anything of it because it was oatmeal raisin.   We thought it was safe.  We were wrong.  Within a half hour, “G” broke out in hives all over his body, started to swell up, and was vomiting.  It was my worst fear realized; he was having an anaphylactic reaction.  We didn’t have an Epi-Pen for him so we immediately gave him Benadryl and called the doctor.  Since his breathing was ok they told us to continue the Benadryl and just keep an eye on him.  Thankfully, we never had to go to the emergency room.  We checked the packaging for the cookies and discovered they contained Walnuts.  This was our culprit.  As soon as we got home, I called an allergist and made an appointment to get “G” tested and get a prescription for an Epi-Pen.  Our suspicions were confirmed; our son has a life threatning allergy to tree nuts, sesame, and shellfish.  Our world as we know it had just changed….


1 Response to "My worst nightmare realized, Part 1"

[…] fun, I am not looking forward to having to sort through all that candy.  Since “G” has food allergies, Halloween is different for us.  It means sorting through all the candy to figure out what is tree […]

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