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Allergy Bracelets and Angel Service Dogs

  
  
  

ethan new

Ethan was diagnosed with an anaphylactic peanut allergy when he was eighteen months old. He had a severe reaction to just a taste of peanut butter. His face turned red and blotchy with severe hives. His face and his tongue immediately began to swell and he choked and gasped for breath. In this brief moment, everything about Ethan’s life and ours changed forever.

 
Ethan has a peanut allergy so severe that on a scale of 1-100 he is greater than 100. In addition, he has asthma so serious that he uses steroid and long acting inhalers each day. These two factors mean that if he is ever exposed to any kind of peanuts or their residue he could suffer anaphylactic shock. Without expert and quick assistance (his Epi-pens and the ER) he could die. This joyous boy, so full of life and energy, lives every day with a condition that could cause his death.
 
Ethan was fitted with his first medical ID bracelet from Lauren's Hope at age 2. His allergy bracelets give the paramedics and EMT's all the information they need to know in the case of a life threatening reaction. Ethan LOVES his Lauren's Hope allergy bracelets and takes great pride in choosing them and showing them to all his friends. With a condition full of so many frightening things this has been the part he loves best! 
 
Physicians believe that a peanut allergy is the worst allergy to have. When coupled with asthma it can be fatal. For Ethan, peanuts are potentially lethal. He has severe asthma and a life threatening peanut allergy (registering at the highest level on tests). Peanut products are everywhere in our society. Because of this hidden allergen, no matter how vigilant we are we still have a fear of what we can’t see and what we don’t know about. Peanuts, their powder, oil, and residue, could all be lethal for Ethan.


allergy service dogsNow we know about Allergy Alert dogs, provided through Angel Service Dogs, Inc. These Allergy Alert dogs guard, sniff, and can potentially save the lives of children with lethal nut allergies. These skilled dogs receive intensive training in the detection of specific allergens such as nuts or dairy to which people are allergic. The Allergy Alert dogs alert children and adults to the presence of any nut allergens in their environment. We hope and pray that Ethan can be a proud owner of one of these wonderful dogs. Currently we are raising funds for Harley, an Allergy Alert dog that will be specially trained for Ethan and his specific allergies. Ethan will be able to live his life much more freely and with much less fear with Harley there to sniff out potential dangers. Angel Service Dogs, Inc is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.  You can visit them at www.angelservicedogs.com
 
Peanuts, in various forms, are everywhere in our society. Most people are not aware of the following statistics. One out of 125 children has a peanut allergy. During a ten-year span peanut allergies tripled among children (from 1997 to 2008). On average 100 to 150 people die each year from an allergic reaction to peanuts. Obtaining an Angel Service Dog will help Ethan from becoming one of those statistics. He’ll be able to lead a safer and more normal life without fear.


Please “like” us here on Facebook - "Ethan's Angel Dog"  Follow our journey as we work to raise funds for Ethan’s Angel Dog.  Soon our website will be up and running. You can visit us there soon at www.ethansangeldog.org
 
Please take time to watch his story.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2twBCTIt2do
 
 
“The only thing predictable about food allergies, is that they are totally unpredictable.” -  Alicia  Poreda

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Comments

OMGosh...This truly touched my heart. I have two children ages 6 and 2 and between the both of them they have life threatening allergies as well. They are allergic to Peanuts/Treenuts, fish/shellfish, eggs, peaches, apricots, nectarines...They both also have asthma..My daugheter is so bad that she is on many meds as well as on the nebulizer 3x a day...I had NO IDEA about Angel Dogs and would love to have one for them...Thank you SO MUCH for keeping us aware...
Posted @ Thursday, March 03, 2011 9:44 AM by Marisol Gutierrez
Does anyone know the medical abbreviation for anaphylactic? I have multiple allergies/conditions I need to engrave and are looking for abbreviations. 
 
Thank you, Marcie
Posted @ Thursday, March 03, 2011 11:53 AM by Marcie
Marcie, I searched for a known abbreviation for anaphylaxis and came across this: ANA http://www.acronymfinder.com/Anaphylaxis-(ANA).html 
 
Depending on what exactly you need engraved I would also recommend that you give us a call. Our customer care department does a great job of making sure each condition is added to you tag in a clear and legible way. You can reach us at 1-800-360-8680 after 12:30 pm CST. Jenna
Posted @ Thursday, March 03, 2011 12:16 PM by Jenna White
Hello, my concern is: I have a 
 
long list of things medically 
 
wrong with me and I'm afraid there 
 
is no ID that can deal with my 
 
problems. 
 
One, I have fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica, asthma, 
 
chronic bronchitis, DVT and take 
 
Warfarin (which changes every week), I also have BOOP, which is 
 
lung related. So, my question is: 
 
where do I begin? 
 
Let me know if there are answers 
 
to this. 
 
Thanks, 
 
Linda
Posted @ Monday, March 07, 2011 4:50 PM by Linda Britnell
Linda, I suggest going with our branch medical ID tag. We can engrave up to 6 lines of information.  
 
1. Linda Britnell 
 
2. Fibro/Polymalgia 
 
3. Asthma, DVT 
 
4. Warfarin, BOOP 
 
 
 
That leaves 2 lines left to include either additional medical information or an emergency contact phone number. 
 
 
 
I hope you find this helpful, but let me know if there's anything else I can assist with.
Posted @ Monday, March 07, 2011 10:11 PM by Jenna White
Thanks. 
 
Due to car repairs, I'm having to 
 
save for the A-3, or the mood 
 
bracelet. And I think I know what 
 
I'm going to have on it: 
 
Linda Britnell 
 
DVT~Warfarin 
 
HBP/Asthma 
 
Fibro/PMR 
 
MD's # 
 
 
 
I went to the Md. yesterday and 
 
was diagnoised with hypertension. 
 
Can you believe it?? All this 
 
and 63.  
 
Again, thanks, I'll be getting 
 
those handouts in the next couple 
 
of weeks. I appreciate your 
 
willingness to allow us to help you 
 
help those who need medical id's. 
 
Linda
Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 5:23 PM by Linda Britnell
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