How I Got Peanuted at the Doctor’s

oven-roasted-peanutsI’d been playing with my flip-flop and spacing out as I sat in the examination room yesterday waiting for my appointment to begin.  All of a sudden I was being rushed out of the examination area by the nurse—a kind, bubbly woman who knows about my anaphylactic reaction to peanuts.  It felt like a personal building evacuation: “Kelsey, we need to get you out of here now!”

One of the staff had microwaved pancakes with peanut butter, so the whole building was beginning to smell like warm peanuts (no, I’m not allergic to the smell itself).  The staff madly threw every window open to let as much fresh peanut-free air into the doctor’s office as possible as they escorted me out of the all-of-a-sudden-extremely-dangerous building.

I had to take a Benadryl (chomped down on one of the liquid pills and put it under my tongue so it took effect extra fast), and because I was rushed out of the building so quickly, that’s thankfully all I needed.  The whole event was was still scary nevertheless for everyone involved because we all knew it could end with me being lifted into an ambulance if that Benadryl didn’t do the trick—and fast!

Because I couldn’t risk going back inside the building (and the staff wouldn’t have let me risk it even if I’d wanted to), I then had to have my appointment in the parking lot.  Odd but it worked.  Although, I’ll have to go back for the examination another day.  Having to reschedule an examine is pretty minor compared with spending the rest of the day in the ER.  And thankfully I’d gotten a ride to my appointment because otherwise I would’ve had a hard time getting home due to how spacey the Benadryl makes me feel.

Peanuts make everything so much more challenging.  And dangerous.


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12 thoughts on “How I Got Peanuted at the Doctor’s

  1. Kelsey, I’ve been reading that they are testing allergy shots for peanut allergies, would you be a candidate for a study like that or would it be too risky? I know we tried allergy shots for my daughter’s allergies (not the milk allergy) but they had to be stopped (she was in grade school) and ended up having severe reactions a few weeks into the shots so the Dr ended it. We are going to try again this summer now that she is an adult and see if she can tolerate it. We did notice a slight improvement just from the few shots she was able to get so we hope this time around she can complete them. It would be nice for her to get off the inhalers.

    • Hi Clara, thanks for commenting! I’ve talked with my allergist about the idea of allergy shots, and it’d be super, super risky for me. I haven’t eaten peanuts or even something that’s touched peanuts in years, but I’ve still ended up in the ER just from being exposed to them. I think the best bet for me is to wait and see how the studies go. If anything works out well enough to become a normal treatment, I’d definitely look into it.

      I think I need to look into allergy shots for my seasonal allergies, though. It’d help calm everything down a bit if I wasn’t so hypersensitive in the springtime and early summer due to all the lovely plants blooming. =P

      ~Kelsey

    • I’m very glad to be okay too! And, yes, ending up in the parking lot was a pretty funny ending to what could’ve been a very horrible day. Totally wasn’t having my examination outside though. The rest of my checkup will just have to wait for next time. Haha =P

      ~Kelsey

  2. ~ my daughter is deathly allergic to peanuts. We have had many visits to emergency room. We found out quite by accident when she was 8 ~ she never liked the smell of peanuts/peanut butter (red flag) so ironically never came in contact, until she got chewing gum in her hair. I had read that peanut butter would help to remove the peanut butter, without having to cut her hair. We tried it, it worked, and off we go to bath and shampoo. Next thing I know her face is turning “beet” red and her neck and face are blowing up like a toad. Not being award of this allergy (ancient times) I was terrified and my child could not breathe ~ so began our journey to peanut butter allergic awareness, with a few episodes along the way…..thanks for making others aware. Love you Kelsey.

    • Sorry this reply is coming so very late. I haven’t been giving my food blog nearly enough love this summer and didn’t notice that I had a few comments waiting.

      I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter being deathly allergic to peanuts, too. That would’ve been terrifying to not know what was going on! My very first reaction happened when I was about 20; I used to eat peanut butter so much that I’d eat it out of the jar with a spoon. But suddenly my throat started to feel really tight and — thankfully I was still living at home because my mom is deathly allergic to mushrooms, so she was familiar with allergic reactions — so I told my mom and I took some instant allergy meds. Over the last seven years it’s gotten a lot worse; I’ve had to use my Epi-Pen and go to the ER for so much less than eating it that I can’t even imagine what would happen if I actually digested a spoonful!

      Thank you for being so encouraging. It’s always nice to meet other people who understand this sort of unique aspect of my life. 🙂

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