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An old blog entry posted to help people with MSG/ sulphate allergies suspicions....

Today I came to a HUGE decision. I have decided to home school Connor. Maybe only a few years, but this is the decision.

Connor had a reaction today, a severe allergic one. He has anaphylaxis reactions to milk and has other allergies. Apparently there is something else, but we don’t know what.

I don’t normally buy those packs of instant noodles, but Connor picked them off the shelf and loves Chinese food, so I bought him some. A few moments after eating these, he started coughing and said, “mommy, I’m going quiet” He was losing his voice until he was working hard for his air. His chest was sucking in so hard as he went completely quiet, trying to concentrate on breathing.

I asked if his throat hurt and when he nodded yes, I ran for the Benadryl and gave him some, before he couldn’t swallow it. His throat was closing so fast right in front of me that I hesitated for a moment while deciding whether I should drive or call 911 after giving him the medication. Where were the hives? Where was the facial swelling? This wasn’t like the first attack he had! I had no visible warning symptoms to look at, so I was a bit confused.

I was trying to keep calm for Connor and could barely squeak my address out to the operator. I have never ever been so scared. I live a 20 minute drive from the hospital, and if he passed out while I was driving, I was in real trouble.

Within 10 minutes, I had 6 firemen and 2 paramedics in my house, with more pulling into the driveway. They said they were all very upset when it came across the radio that he was only three years old.

Luckily the medication had started working, but he was still wheezing. Connor, being extremely shy, wouldn’t go into the ambulance, so I drove into the hospital, now knowing things were under control. We stayed for 5 hours, as they were nervous after four hours, the benadryl would wear off and he might be back in trouble.

He is free and clear and I happened so fast. By the time I knew he was coughing, he was moving onto the next symptom. When I say fast, the word doesn’t do it justice. If he were on a school playground and this happened, it would take longer to get him medication. Maybe too long...I will home school him, until he’s old enough to recognize the slightest signs of trouble and carries medication on himself.

A rash and facial puffiness came up 2 hours after the initial reaction and he’s a bit grumpy. His face and body developed millions of bumps 5 hours after the initial reaction. He needs to take benadryl every 4 hours for the next 3 days. The doctor strongly believes he’s allergic to the MSG in those instant noodles, as well as most other prepared foods. We will never have them in the house again to find out. This is yet another popular treat which children take to school.

I know I was looking forward to being able to have quiet phone calls and decent conversations while Connor attended school, but unless something amazing happens, it all has to wait. Connor will become quieter while I’m on the phone as he gets older...right? happy

I’m happy this day is over and I’m going to cuddle with my little guyhappy

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      UK Girl wrote Oct 15, 2009
    • Have you seen this site [Link Removed]
      I’m sorry about your little boy but I think under the circumstances your wise I have a friend who has a nut allergy and just inhaling the dust from someone opening a bag of nuts can bring on an analytic shock.

      Hope things improve for you

      Ukgirl, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.

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      Taniar wrote Oct 15, 2009
    • That’s a fantastic link Vicki, thanks. I’ll be going through all the links from that in depth happy

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      Vikki Hall wrote Oct 15, 2009
    • Tania I am so sorry your little boy had to go thru that. Stick to your guns about the decisions you are making for his well being. I know some people don’t understand homeschooling so I am wishing you the best.

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      Taniar wrote Oct 15, 2009
    • Thanks so much Vikki! happy

      I home schooled 2 of my 4 children a little. One for 2 years to see him through bad bullying to where he wanted to kill himself and then my oldest son when he just lost his way a bit going from elementary to junior high. They both went back into the regular school system refreshed and with more confidence than when I pulled them out. The oldest graduated with distinct honors and the other will graduate the end of this school year.

      Every parent should choose what suits their situation. This way worked for my older children. happy

      thanks again happy

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