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The Phone Call

In recent news you may have read about the little girl who died eating a peanut on a dare.  I Immediately had a conversation with Charlie about how to handle a situation like that. His response “I will punch them in the face” I quickly let him know that’s not how to handle it, but I feel a little better knowing I’ve covered this with him.
On Thursdays Gage goes to preschool for 3 hours in the morning. I had Tinleigh down for nap and 10 minutes into my workout when the phone rang. “Hi Kara, this is **** at Gage’s school. I have Gage standing here with me, he’s fine, but his eyes are very puffy and watering. They made pine cone bird feeders this morning with peanut butter and bird seed.” At this point my heart started racing. I immediately asked if he was breathing ok, he was. I told her to give him 2tsp of Benadryl and I would be right there. As I’m heading out the door the phone rings again. This time it’s his teacher. They couldn’t find his Benadryl in his bag. There it sat on my counter right beside the sink, we had used it the night before. I grab it and race to his school 3 min away. I walk into his little room and his back is to me. As he turns around I thought is this my kid?!  His poor little face. His eyes were little slits and water was just pouring out. I immediately give him his medicine and start asking questions. The response I got was “We thought since his disease was more internal it would be ok if he touched the peanut butter.” I  wanted to scream. They also told me he washed his hands right after he was done and they had done this an hour earlier. They said they hadn’t noticed it until chapel. I could tell by how bad it was it didn’t just happen,but instead they weren’t really paying attention to him. I asked Gage if his eyes hurt when he went to gym, he said yes. So it was an immediate reaction. I explained to his teachers and the director that Gage had never eaten a peanut because he tested positive before he was old enough to eat one. I further explained because he hadn’t eaten one before we didn’t know the severity of what his reaction would be. Obviously Gage is pretty allergic to peanuts and it’s more of an allergy than related to his EoE. As we were walking out they were taking snack in to the kids, nutter butters. UGH!  I always pack Gage’s snack so he wouldn’t have eaten the nutter butters, still, why would you feed a group of 3 year olds peanut butter?!
Gage was very embarrassed about how he looked. I drove him right to Nathan’s office to get his opinion if more needed to be done. The whites of his eyes were even swollen. Gage refused to get out of the car so I had daddy come out. We agreed to just keep giving him Benadryl unless he broke out in hives, his eyes got worse or his breathing became effected. Home we went.
I made him a little bed on the couch and let him eat lunch there while watching cartoons. I was almost afraid to feed him anything in fear another allergy would kick up and make things worse. After an hour I gave him another 1/2tsp Benadryl because he wasn’t looking any better. After he ate and another hour passed he was getting tired. Since Tinleigh is loud I thought he would rest better in his own bed. He asked to sleep in mommy’s bed which is something we never do, so I agreed. He went right to sleep and I checked on him every 10 minutes. Even with his eyes closed he looked miserable.

After nap

His teacher did call to check on him that day and sent me a text later in the evening. I just kept repeating that there were to be no more peanuts in the room as Gage could have a bad reaction.
It wasn’t until 36 hours later that Gage looked normal. We had a talk with him that he should never touch peanut butter again. He’s 3 though, if his teacher says do this, he’s probably going to do it even if peanut butter is involved. So we’ll add peanuts to his outward reaction list. I’m so thankful he didn’t try to taste it.
Charlie wanted to know why they didn’t use Sunbutter. I still don’t know why they didn’t check with me first. Gage didn’t look normal until 36 hours after it happened.

The next morning

January 15, 2012 - Posted by | Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , ,


  1. oh my goodness! How scary! I just read this post to my husband. This is one our biggest fears with our kids. We chose a school that doesn’t provide ANY food for the kids, but kids are kids and things happen. I’m so glad his reaction wasn’t ANA. I can imagine the “mama bear” rage and sadness you had after this.


    Comment by allergictotheamericandiet | March 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. […] still got 20+ other allergens he needs to stay away from, but the nuts are what got us into trouble last year. I don’t want to revisit that, or worse. Just knowing the other kids won’t be having […]


    Pingback by School!!! « LIVING | September 5, 2012 | Reply

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