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Student Dies Days After Reaction To Sandwich

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I am at a loss for words. How truly sad.

Katiee

Ugh. Its always hard to read these stories.

The story said, she was always careful with what she ate.

Did she carry an epi pen? Did the ambulance service that picked her up at 1:45? When did she eat her lunch?

What happenned the 5 days she was in the hospital?

Poor family...

Jason

This is just heartbreaking. Like Jason, I always want more details to see if there was some way it could have been prevented. Although, if she had, and used, her epipen and still died, Im not sure thats something I want to know.

My prayers go out to her family.

This is heartbreaking. I wish the people who would report these stories would give a little more info. Let people know that this can be prevented w/ an Epipen...it sounds like she didnt have an Epipen...plus they werent specific about what she was eating. Did she buy the sandwich, did someone else prepare it for her? So many unanswered questions that could educate people and maybe save 1 other life out there.

This is so sad. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

All of the deaths that we have recently read about here on PA.com have been either teenagers or children who are nearing their teenage years.

I also wish that more information was posted with regard to Epi-pen use, etc. just so we could be informed, but, at the end of the day, this beautiful young woman is still not with us.

If anyone finds out any information whatsoever about where to send a sympathy card, could you let me know?

I know it was katiee that posted last time when we could send cards. What a sad thing. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Alternative to Mainstream ... I applaud your thoughts about a sympathy card, but I doubt that any of us will find out an address for a card. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

It is so sad that people who are allergic to nuts, legumes, etc. cannot feel safe when purchasing foods ... I know it isnt realistic to have total segregation in production facilties and restaurants ... but we have to (yes, HAVE TO) take risks occasionally, or be trapped in a tiny insular world.

Over the years, I have increased the list of things which I will risk eating ... still a risk, but - as an adult - I have to make choices and not be overly ""worried"", or Id go mad. I have been called ""paranoid"" by my family, but THEY dont have the allergy!!

Be safe, all!

[This message has been edited by SeaHint (edited April 29, 2004).]

[This message has been edited by SeaHint (edited April 29, 2004).]

SeaHint, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Actually, katiee did post an address for a young woman who died within the last year in Ontario, Canada on this board and also, when Nathan Walters died, I remember having the address to send a card to for his family as well. So, it is possible.

Not a *great* thing to have to do, but I know when katiee posted the last address, I group e-mailed it out to all of my PA contacts so that her parents and family would know that their child had not died forgotten.

You touched on a point that I was trying to make under Living with PA to-day about healthy eating and how PA *could* be a positive thing when it comes to that.

If you think about it, when I was a kid (which is quite some time ago), our family didnt go to the restaurant very often. Not because they couldnt afford to go, but simply because life wasnt as fast. We did have take-out of fish and chips on Friday night (and were not even Catholic) and we did have Chinese Food or Kentucky Fried Chicken once a month or so.

My whole point, and there is nothing that is going to change this, its a whole societal thing, is that life was a lot slower then. Even when we did have Chinese Food or Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chrikey, there wasnt a drive through.

Of course, in the 1960s, it was really just the beginning of food becoming pre-packaged. I remember when Kraft came out with lasagna in a box. First time I ever tried lasagna. Or their pizza in a box.

Its just sad that when food allergies are on the rise, our world has also gotten to the point where were spinning around so fast that even for a SAHM (I mean myself, no one else) to make a meal from scratch every day is something that is not happening.

40 years ago, you wouldnt have been considered to be living in an insular world if you werent eating out all the time or regularly.

Sorry, I should actually have placed this in the other thread, might put it there as well.

Ill see if I can do anything to find an address. Im betting someone else would have better luck than me.

And again, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Such a sad stoy, that chills us all to the bone.

I too was looking for more detail, but I think on reflection that was so I could see if things (like an Epi, or checking the food was safe before eating it) had been neglected (in order to ease y fears). [And Im sure I havent worded that very well]

Consequently I decided that the details dont mater - a young girl is dead, from the very thing she probably dealt with successfully every over day of her life.

Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts go to her family.

Geoff & Helen

Geoff and Helen, I think you worded it just fine. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Even if we had more information that might assuage our fears, then it almost goes to a ""blame the victim"" scenario which I dont care for. Truth be told, and it has been posted on this board before, people die even when an Epi-pen has been used. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Cindy, I emailed the newspaper and asked if there is an address or if they would be willing to forward sympathy cards. I also asked if there will be any follow up articles.

I will let you all know if I get a response.

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