|Violet for Lauren
Lauren's Story, In her own words:
For most people, allergy symptoms aren't life-threatening. For me, egg equals anaphylaxis where my body's immune systems overreacts causing severe symptoms and possibly death. Those of us who have experienced anaphylactic reactions can truly understand how frightening and the emotional anguish involved. With the help of friends and family I try avoiding egg protein. I'm averaging about six anaphylactic reactions each year. Each bite I take might literally be my last and that makes me terrified.
When I was a baby, I started crying and vomiting several times a day after being nursed. My parents were confused. They couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. Several months passed and my crying and vomiting continued. One doctor told my mother that I had been held too much and was crying and vomiting to get attention. My mom did not agree with the diagnosis. I was introduced to solid foods. As my mom relaxed with a bowl of ice-cream, she gave me a tinny taste from her spoon. Within seconds I starting coughing and developed hives on my face. I was having an allergic reaction to something in the ice-cream. My mom panicked. Instead of calling 911, she drove to the nearest pharmacy, ran inside and ripped apart the safety cover and poured a liquid antihistamine into my mouth. My symptoms subsided. The ice-cream contained egg. After this, my parents took me to the pediatrician who tested me for common allergens. Egg came back off the charts extremely high. I was referred to an allergy specialist.
I'll never forget my sister's 16th birthday. We went with my sister and her friends to a nice Italian place to celebrate her birthday. It was a big deal especially since we rarely go out because of my allergies. My mom interviewed the waiter and cook regarding my egg allergy and if there was any chance of cross contamination. As I was eating my meal, my lips started tingling and my stomach began to ache. My mom gave me liquid antihistamine. I proceeded to vomit in the restaurant. As we were driving home, I became pale and my lips went blue. My sister and her friends started screaming for my mom to stop the car because I wasn't breathing. My mom pulled the car over on a busy street and swung the EpiPen into my thigh.
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