Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to Ban NUTS.
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In August 2017 I almost lost my life.
I have severe food allergies, many of which can lead to a life threatening anaphylactic reaction.
On the flight home from our family vacation the airlines served roasted mixed nuts without any announcement. The stewardess stated she was not serving "peanuts" when I told her I was allergic to all nuts. Despite calling the airlines in advance to make them aware of my severe nut allergy. The representative had reassured us that our flights would not be serving any nuts as they no longer do this. She was sadly mistaken.
My lips became pallor, my voice started to become raspy and I began to have a difficult time breathing. I took what Benadryl I had and two Epi-pens. The airlines has no protocol for anaphylactic reactions. My husband had to ask if they had oxygen. Another stewardess applied ice to the back of my neck while wearing latex gloves. I'm allergic to latex potentially making my reaction even worse. My husband was asked to make the decision to divert the plane. He did fearing a secondary reaction. I shook violently from the Epinephrine and unable to talk I could not correct the medics when they said I consumed peanuts. Not once did I touch or eat the nuts.
In route to the hospital my Glasgow coma scale went down to a 3, the lowest score and completely unresponsive. My husband covered our kids eyes as they wheeled my lifeless body into the hospital as they continued to ventilate my lungs. I was admitted for observation with elevated vitals. My family was stranded with nothing or anywhere to stay.
All the shaking aggravated my previous medical condition, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. To no avail physical and occupational therapy and botox injections did not help this time. On December 21st at Johns Hopkins I had a first rib resection, scalene and pectoral minor release. I struggle to this day to hold my son or daily normal activiies. My daughter and I struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are going to therapy.
So many people do not understand the severity of food allergies because they themselves do not know someone that is affected by a life-threatening allergy. The lack of knowledge can fester anger over a mere snack however I believe their feelings would be different if it were their loved one. It's something no one chooses to have or want.
There is a huge misconception that a nut allergy is only to peanuts when it can be all nuts. Some reactions can be so deadly that they do not have to be consumed. I'm lucky to be alive today and I believe it's because its to have Safe Air in the Air, Quest for Airlines to ban NUTS. Protocols need to be in place and change needs to happen on what can be served on airplanes. Can we all be safe while flying in the air. Can airlines not serve other snacks besides nuts. Why does it have to be the snack of choice? We protect our children in schools can we not do the same for those who are flying 30,000 feet in the air.
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