Living life in the carpool lane..

Peanut allergy… how it feels..

Posted on: December 11, 2014

My daughter is allergic to peanuts, click here to read about how we found out.

Never in a million years did I think we would have a child with a food allergy.  Never in a million years did I think we would have a child with a PEANUT allergy.

We’ve all seen the horror stories.

Girl with a peanut allergy kisses her boyfriend who had eaten a peanut butter sandwich.  Girl dies.

Girl was on a camping trip with her family, ate some snack that had peanut butter in it, even though they gave her an Epipen treatment, girl dies.

The thought of anaphylactic shock alone is enough to have me worry incessantly over what foods she’s surrounded by…

But luckily for us, it’s not that severe… yet.

I’ve read that over the years, a peanut allergy can escalate to dangerous reactions.  Like I didn’t have enough to worry about… right?!

I spent about half an hour on the phone with my daughter’s allergy doctor after he confirmed her peanut allergy.  Question after question.  Worry after worry.

Will she outgrow it?  Probably not.

Will it escalate?  We don’t really know.

Will I worry for the rest of my life?  You bet on it.

Next time, I will discuss how we cope with her peanut allergy…

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