Friday, 17 February 2012

Travelling with Severe Allergies...

So on Weds we fly to Florida for 3 weeks, OMG, how exciting!  I am filled with a mixture of trepidation and excitement at the same time.  When we booked the holiday we had no idea what the following months would unfurl though.

Unfortunately a few months ago Keani was diagnosed with a severe peanut and shellfish allergy.  It's not until you read up on these things and see various consultants that you realise how scary the allergy actually is.  It's life threatening.  Keani will have to carry adrenalin in the form of Epi-pens with her for the rest of her life.

So the fact we are going to be on a plane for 10 hours up in the air, with no hospitals nearby, fills me with absolute terror!  We are going to be well prepared of course, with all her medication to hand.  But it doesn't stop me catastrophising and going through the 'what ifs'.  Thankfully airlines have stopped handing out peanuts on their flights to ALL passengers, however, Virgin have told me that they will give peanuts to those passengers who ask for them.  The average person does not understand the fear this induces in me!  Keani will react to a minute trace of peanut - what if she finds one on the floor and picks it up? What if somebody touches something with their peanut coated fingers, and Keani touches that same thing - a chair, a door knob, anything....   What if Keani reacts to the airbourne allergen?! 

Scary stuff.  So it's not flying for 10 hours with 2 toddlers that terrifies me, it's her allergies that will turn me into a quivering wreck!

Cross your fingers for us.  It'll probably be fine............. here's hoping for a 'safe and pleasant flight'....

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