Darn, darn, darn. Rebecca ate an apple crisp that had walnuts in it. In the dining hall at college.
She is savvy enough to know that it was a suspicious food, so she double-checked the ingredient list. One bite and she knew. She felt her throat swelling and she felt panic. She and her boyfriend ran to her room to get her EpiPen, and her roommate (who also has food allergies) helped her administer it. Her boyfriend called 911 and they took her by ambulance to the hospital. They monitored her for a few hours. She is OK.
Three years at college. Three years with a meal plan and eating in the dining halls. No trouble until now.
If there are nuts around, sometime, somewhere, someone will make an error and add them to a recipe or leave them off an ingredient list. We are human and we make mistakes.
No matter how careful you are, you always need to be prepared for an accident. I wish Rebecca had her EpiPen on her, but the dining hall is in the same complex so it was very close by. I am grateful that she did not hesitate to use it. So very thankful. I am thankful to her boyfriend and her roommate who had their wits about them and handled the situation well.
I hope Dining Services reviews their procedures to determine how this error happened, and perhaps prevent it from happening again.
But still, someday, somehow an accident will happen and you need to have your EpiPen handy to help yourself. Always be prepared for an accident - and don't be afraid to use your EpiPen.