More flying with PA and airborne reactions

I’ve flown airlines long ago where they handed out little bags of peanuts and I I’ve never gone into anaphylaxis.  I’m grateful my allergy is not that severe.  However, when United Airlines declared themselves to be peanut free about 20 years age they became my preferred airline.  Why? It’s because I am airborne sensitive to peanut protein or peanut ‘dust’ and any allergic reaction makes you feel like crap in one way or another and causes bodily fatigue that can last many hours afterwards.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more aware of the how my body responds to allergens and also to the decongestants or anti-histamines that counteract them. It seems like every anti-histamine has SOME negative side effect; some of them immediate, some have effects that show up after days of use and some have potential long lasting implications. For this reason I’m looking into Immunotherapy for my seasonal allergies.

Delta to Detroit

But in addition I have hope to change my life and free myself from the LTFA prison, so one of the things I’m doing is flying on Delta Airlines. Delta serves peanuts on some of their flights but has become very responsive to peanut allergy sufferers. If you inform them of your allergy they won’t serve peanuts on your flight. Normally I would never fly Delta, but the majority of my family lives in the Detroit area and Delta has a hub there, so they are the only airline with direct flights from California. A direct flight saves me 90 minutes and the hassle of a connecting flight every time I visit. Not to mention I can fly a red-eye and get uninterrupted sleep the whole way. What’s not to like about that? But in the end I can’t go on being afraid to fly. I need to find a way to not let this get in the way of living.

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A few weeks ago I was asked “what do you plan to do for Food Allergy Awareness (FAA) week?” My response was “nothing”. FAA Week has been going on for a couple years now, spearheaded by FARE.ORG. This year the week started May 10th and ends next weekend with the annual FARE.ORG conference.

I subscribe to a blog, and read a post about how he convinced his wife to take her blog and write a book.  Well, the next thing you know, I decided to try to do the same.  So here it is:

Living with Peanut Anaphylaxis or other Life Threatening Food Allergies [Kindle Edition]

Michael Sporer

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  • Length: 92 pages (estimated)
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

May 11, 2015

So, you just heard the dreaded news; your child has a Life Threatening Food Allergy (LTFA) and you are wondering just where to begin.

Prepare to be inundated with information and well intentioned advice from every angle. At any point in time parents are faced with too many choices, too many options. In the end there is only one path taken, one road traveled. This is a one way road and if you ever have a moment of self doubt there is only one acceptable answer:

“I made the best decision that I could with the information available to me at the time.”

Put this in your toolbox and reach for it often. Decide that you want to learn to make better decisions in the future and stop worrying about what almost happened. LTFA is a profound, terrifying experience, and not just for the parents. Mistakes will be made, accidents happen. Learn, live, keep moving forward. There is no alternative.