Quote from GMDLS2606
I've been a nurse for 31 years and was diagnosed with a latex allergy 10 years ago. I would have one reaction after another while working in the ER. I was then transferred off campus to work in an office. But.... the charts they were giving me to work on were coming from the main hospital - OR charts, etc. Needless to say, I still reacted. Yes, I was terminated from my position because my doc put out of work until my system settled down and since I could not give them a return to work date, they fired me!!! I was out on workmans's comp disability for 6 years before my system calmed down enough to be able to work again - and I work in a latex safe environment - no such thing as latex free by the way. I was told I would never work as a nurse again but I proved them wrong by staying away from the nasty stuff and doing what I was suppose to do. It's a horrible allergy!!! I cost me more than anyone will ever know or understand.
You are lucky.
You have a latex allergy and work in a "latex safe environment". I, on the other hand, have lost my nursing career, my ability to drive, my ability to go shopping on the spur of the moment, going to the movies, going to any restaurant in town without precautions and more.:angryfire As far as "costing me more than anyone will ever know or understand" there are hundreds of us that would disagree with you
. I have to wear a respirator to shop. I have had my driving privileges pulled by my doctor because I was a "danger to myself and other drivers". I go into laryngospasms without warning
. I have to call restaurants to find out if they use latex gloves in the kitchen or the vegetable wash on their salad greens. I have had to give up bananas, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and several other good foods. I have been rejected for surgery on my neck for herniated discs because of the allergy. I developed a case of MRSA that required surgery and I could not have my bandages taped to me so I was in bed 7 days straight going through dressing changes and having to lay on one side until the wound started to close.
I joined the Latex Allergy Group right after my BIG reaction and we had 40 members. Last time I logged on we had 250+ and several countries represented (England, New Zealand, Australia to name a few). All of us with latex allergies and some of us with multiple allergies that developed after the latex allergy.
When you worked with the charts the problems were not just related to the location the paperwork came from. Carbon-less paper has latex in its mix. As a matter of fact there are over 40,000 items in the US that contain latex.
It IS a horrible allergy and those who have it systemically have to walk on eggshells for their entire life. Count your blessings.