Monday, January 21, 2008

allergist

Last Thursday, I had my first allergist appointment, and let's just say it was a big disappointment.
After testing, with zero results she said that it's likely nothing showed up because my reaction was barely a month ago.
So, this is what she said:
1)Because I am not having a reaction to Peanut Butter, I can likely eat peanuts from shells. Ground nuts is likely not an allergy for me
2)Pistachios are 100% an allergy for me....We just don't know if that is a life threatening one, or less serious.
3)We couldnt find out which other nuts I am allergic to, but she said she thinks there are one or more tree nuts where I have a lift threatening allergy to, so.....
This is what I need to start doing:
a)Carry 2 epi pens with me at ALL times(2 in case I am further then 20 minutes away from a hospital, and one dose isnt successful)
b)Educate others about my allergy and make them aware of what to do, if I have a reaction, and Can't use epi-pen myself
c)Stay away from ALL tree nuts(pecans, pist, walnuts, Brazil, walnuts, cashews, chestnuts, etc)
d)When grocery shopping, stay away from items that say "may contain traces of nuts) Because even if it isnt a tree nut I am allergic to, it may have been touching a nut I am allergic to.
e)If I want a dessert at a restaurant, I need to ask if they made it there, and if yes then I need to find out the ingredients, and if they had the desserts brought in, I am better off staying away from it.
SO>>>>>>>>
Needless to say, this will be a big change in my life.

1 comment:

Charlene said...

Hey I know how to use Epi pens so I will always be on the look out :P