Can you ever know for sure…

…that you’ve made the right decision in an emergency situation? How do we ever know whether our children’s food allergic reactions will develop into something that is life-threatening and tragic? It’s certainly a risk we face EVERY SINGLE TIME our kids or someone we love experiences an allergic reaction to something they ate, touched or breathed in. In the nine years I’ve been dealing with my son John’s food allergies, I am always humbled by how quickly life or death decisions must be made, and what factors must be considered when making them.

The past few weeks have been very unsettling in our house because John has had more reactions lately than I care to count. We’ve had more than one “sensitive” discussion about how his allergies are upsetting to him, and overall it’s just been a rocky road. Everything was cool and stable for so long, and now it feels as if the universe is shouting out to me to pay close attention, and that vigilance is a must in every single situation when it comes to our food allergic kids.

Yesterday morning John broke out in hives after breakfast. As I rushed to give him Benadryl, I drilled John about what he ate, and if he ate anything different. For the record we are pretty much allergy free in our house, so it confused me as to what would have caused the hives all over his face. John admitted he gave his brother a Gerber Banana Cookie, which is seemingly safe, but a closer look at the label (which oddly doesn’t follow the Food Allergy Labeling and Packaging Act by not listing CONTAINS: allergen, etc.) showed it contained buttermilk powder. The cookie was baked withe buttermilk powder, not coated in it. John simply grabbed three out of the box, and gave it to his brother because he had asked for a snack while I was upstairs. When John came upstairs and told me he was itchy, I panicked when I saw his face…two doses of Benadryl quickly resolved the hives, and I felt assured no further intervention was needed.

Then last night before my son when to bed, he had about four hives on his face and said his face was itchy. Again I gave him Benadryl because he had no other symptoms (such as wheezing, coughing, etc). There was nothing John ate that he didn’t have before. Fast forward to this morning, and once again, after breakfast John came to my room itching his arms and face and his face looked like this:

I immediately gave him the same two doses of Benadryl that worked on his reaction yesterday, and called his doctor’s emergency number, all the while watching John like a hawk. He stayed right next to me the whole time, as I held his epipen in one hand, phone in the other. I looked closely for every other sign possible and asked John a million questions such as Did his throat hurt? (No) Do your lips or tongue feel funny? (No) Does your chest hurt? (No) Do you feel dizzy? (No) Does your stomach hurt? (No) John’s hives were mainly on his face, parts of his back, his arms and one part on his leg…what many consider a full body hive reaction. Many people feel that these symptoms alone is enough to give the epipen but I hesitated to give the epi for one reason: my doctor on the phone said that they recommend giving the epi when the patient presents the vomiting/breathing/mouth symptoms, and that as long as he wasn’t in distress and the hives were lessening, that the Benadryl would counter the reaction. Of course, John’s symptoms could worsen at any minute, in which case I would have given the epi and called 911, no exceptions. But with a house full of young kids, no husband around and his highly respected allergists telling me the Benadryl was an “appropriate” course of action at that very moment, I decided, yes, the Benadryl was good enough for now, and as I saw his hives literally fade away, I was comforted.

However, in a lengthy discussion with the allergists’ office, I wanted more answers about what was going on with John, and can I expect to see another reaction soon, perhaps an even worse one? Apparently these types of reactions can occur intermittently for up to a week after the initial one, and there is truly no way to know if the reaction will present itself as hives or something like anaphylaxis. John’s course of action was to take a Zyrtec and Benadryl once a day until this passes out of his system, then I’ll need to bring John back in to determine if the reaction was caused by either touching the baked milk cookie, or possibly an emerging soy allergy. We’ll do a full testing on John again to rule out soy. If not, then we can assume the reaction was caused by touching that cookie. It’s another argument for the logic behind food free classrooms (or only allowing fruits and veggies as snack choices). Because if anyone believes that you can’t suffer major reactions by just touching a food you’re allergic to, simply take another look at the photo above.

Finally, I asked the doctor if I made the right choice, because I was still doubting that I did. I was assured, yes, given the set of circumstances, and John’s list of symptoms, that I made the best choice at the time. I then asked “But why? Why did this happen? Why now? How did it happen, and how do I know it won’t happen again and be THE big reaction that puts John’s life at risk?” I was told “You don’t know. None of us know. We don’t know if your son’s reaction was stemming from yesterday’s or if he has a new allergy, and if he DOES have a new allergy, why now? No one knows”.

No one knows. Ever. As a mother I always want to make the best decisions and am fiercely protective of my children, as are all of you. But what never ceases to amaze me in the world of food allergies…is how LITTLE we still know. How mysterious this disease is, how different each reaction is, and why some are highly allergic to one thing, and some outgrow others. I’m always asking why, but still feel like I don’t have any more answers than nine years ago when we first started on this journey. At which point are we going to know more? At which point can food allergies be eradicated? I know we are headed down the right road with new therapies, treatments, laws, etc. But on days like today, I’m painfully aware of how little we DO know. And how so much of this is still out of our control.

During this holiday season, I wish you all Happy Holidays and to BE SAFE. xoxo

34 Responses

  1. Sorry to read about John’s recent allergic issues. We can certainly relate, having had unexplained reactions in our house over the years. Once comment: I was doing research on labeling recently for an allergen label course I put on our website, and I believe the Gerber Banana Cookie label does meet the labeling requirements of FALPA. The common name, “milk”, in this case, must be on the label. But there are three ways it can be listed, as an actual ingredient, or in parenthesis following a less common name like this label does for flour (wheat), or in the “contains” section. Putting it in the “contains” section is not required. (I certainly wish it was required since it would make it life easier). The Gerber label lists “milk” in the ingredients so I think it meets the minimum requirements.

    • excellent point john…yes you are right about the labeling. i think i was thrown off by it not being italicized or saying CONTAINS. It i think especially since it is geared toward the baby/toddler crowd, it should be more clear, don’t you think?

  2. Poor John and poor you! I’m sorry you have so much uncertainty about what caused the reaction and pray you get some answers soon. Every time my FA son gets hives around his mouth I go through such a panic of what caused it and will it get worse? It is such a responsibility to be the one with the Benadryl and epi-pen in hand, making decisions like you did today. You did everything right. Take a deep breath, and know that you can handle whatever comes. Thank you for posting the picture and relaying your conversation with the Dr. Information like that is so helpful to those of us who have to handle allergic reactions with our kids. God Bless you and your family.

  3. I’m so sorry, I know what you are going through. My son has reactions like that just by touching as well. When it got to the point I was giving him Benadryl almost everyday I took him back to the allergist and we put him on a small dose daily (can’t remember what the first one was but my son hated it and refused to take it so we switched) of Cyproheptadine which he thinks is yummy now. He takes it nightly to help counteract reactions and lessen the reaction when it does happen. I don’t like doing meds daily but short of putting him in a protective bubble I had to do something! We are dairy, eggs, peanut and just outgrew wheat but i’m still careful with it. Nobody understands fully what all this entails until they are living it daily. I have to say that I HATE when they don’t list allergens in the CONTAINS section AND when things i’ve been buying that are perfectly fine change their ingredients!

  4. I was thinking of you and your family today as I baked many of your delicious cookies…for my son and to give as gifts. I hope you feel our support and gratitude this holiday season.

  5. Hi Kelly,

    I’m so sorry about John’s latest reaction. I’ve noticed that my daughter who is allergic to milk can go for long periods with no contact reactions, and other times she will get hives from a library book. She didn’t become contact sensitive until she was 6. By the time she was 7 1/2, she was getting hives daily at school and like another poster mentioned, we put her on a daily dose of medicine to prevent them. She was missing school time and taking Benedryl every day followed by a phone call to me. Nerve wracking! She is 9 now, and no longer on a daily dose and doesn’t get many contact reactions in public. But, she is highly conscious of not touching her face and carries wipes. It seems to come in waves, fluxing with her immune system.

    Could you still have residue around your house causing fresh reactions from your younger son eating them previously?

    Sadly, my daughter’s school would not agree to a truly milk free classroom (insisted on coffee drinks in class, gave out chocolate, etc) even with a 504 Plan and we were forced to homeschool for fourth grade. No one took the possibility of contact reactions seriously. I’m glad you posted pictures of what John looked like because I think it helps. Some people need to see it before they will believe it’s “real.”

    My daughter has had to have counseling this year, and it has been the hardest yet socially. As much as we’d like to not let allergies define her, it’s hard to ignore when you have a child who is contact and airborne sensitive. We simply can’t go to some places because it’s too unsafe.

    I hope the rest of the holidays are uneventful for John and that you’re able to figure out what triggered the reaction….I hope it isn’t a soy allergy emerging, but if it is, I know that you will handle it just as well.

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Hi Kelly,
    I hated to hear about your son, John. I know the fear you must have felt and feel everyday. My son also went through a period like this with no allergen exposure. We still do not know why he did this. He is on several allergy medications daily which have helped.
    Have they checked John for hereditary angio edema? This produces hives without an allergen. I am sure you have but I thought I would throw this out there. You and your family are in our prayers.

  7. So sorry you have had these FA experiences lately. Thank you for sharing the pics and experience. In order to raise awareness I’ve shared your site on my Facebook page (again). It is my hope that by sharing as many of these experiences as possible, we will continue to educate people about the seriousness of food allergies…

  8. This allergy world is so frustrating! I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this new surge in reactions. My daughter gets a few hives sometimes, especially in Home Depot and Lowes for some reason, and we have no clue what it is from. One day her eyes swelled up with what looked like a hundred hives on around them and we finally figured out it was the hand sanitizer that we used a lot when we were at the animal shelter. She is now not allowed to use any other hand sanitizer other than Burt’s Bees.

    I can imagine you are nervous about even putting your son to bed at night for fear of a reaction during the night. I know I’ve had those times plenty of times. I will say a prayer for you all that you can find peace and that this will subside.


  9. Have you considered that maybe the hives are not due to food allergies, but perhaps a topical reaction to something else? Have you investigated all of the soaps, shampoos, etc that you are using to make sure they don’t contain food allergens (and note that they don’t have to be labeled the way food does). I’d be suspicious of any new soap, detergent, etc. that you are using.

  10. I’m so sorry for the troubles you and John are having right now. I agree with you whole heartedly about the frustration with the “we just don’t know” part of food allergies. I have been in your position with the whole body hives. I have the pictures of my son’s rash to document it, very similar to what you posted above. I wish you all the best with further testing for John, and I hope that this episode is resolved soon.

    You were great on Martha Stewart last week. Thank you for all the work you do for families with food allergies.

    I hope you have a safe and Happy Holiday with your family too.

    All the best,

  11. I can identify – my daughter just had a serious reaction to a food we thought was safe – she has always tested negative to peanuts (she is definitely allergic to tree nuts). And the item was not labeled with any allergen info in the ingredients area. As far as the psychological component goes, we’re working with a wonderful psychologist at Children’s to help her deal with the understandable anxiety this has created. Let me know if you want her name (we live in Chicago). Take care – sometimes it feels like we’re on a roller coaster we can’t get off of. Ugh.

  12. Thank you, Kelly, for sharing. We go through similar “waves” of emotions with our kids’ food allergies. It seems like months go by when there are no issues and then I break out in tears when we have to leave a church potluck because some child brought Halloween candy up to the movie room and was handing it out (my middle child, with the worst allergies, ate an unknown candy and thankfully never reacted) or I get angry when I pick the same child up from preschool and find out they were baking cookies (What were they using? What was he handling? Why didn’t they call me before?). My oldest, 6, who has always taken his allergies in stride, is starting to get frustrated that he can’t eat what the other kids are eating in his class. It’s so hard to calm their fears when you are so scared yourself.

  13. I can relate. My daughter also breaks out in terrible all-over body hives just from touching something that contains milk. I have found Gerber to not be a “friendly” brand for the dairy allergic.

    Your appearance on Martha was great. Keep up all your work and efforts. I really enjoy your recipes. Happy Holidays.

  14. So sorry for you experience!!! It is so unsettling- can I just tell you though that you are a super mom!!!!!! John is so very lucky to have you!

  15. I hope your family has a safe and wonderful holiday!

    I too had a bout of uncertainty twice this week with mysterious hives & rashes 🙁 bendadryl to the rescue….. I love to visit everyone at the holidays but coming homes with reactions has been a problem. My culprit seesm to be the presence of peanut butter cookies around… since the raskes have been like hand & arm sleeves I can only guess the cookies spread to the toys and counters …

    It is so reassurring to know we arent going along alone. Merry Christmas everyone!

  16. Oh Kelly, I cried when I saw your son’s face. I’ve seen that same face on my daughter, and we know how scary it is. Unfortunately, new allergies can pop up – my daughter, who previously tested negative for peanuts, developed her peanut/tree nut allergy this past summer, as we learned when she was throwing up behind the bleachers of her brother’s little league game after eating ONE tiny little peanut (that was free of milk/eggs). So scary and frustrating, we were hoping to outgrow the allergies, not develop new ones! You were prepared and did everything right, that’s the best thing. Thank you for giving us this forum to share our stories and remind each other we are not alone in our worries. Peace to you and your family this holiday season.

  17. So sorry John is having reactions right now. I hope it was the cookie and not a new allergy, but either way I hope he starts feeling better soon! I definitely agree- it’s amazing how little we know about why allergies are caused and how to really treat them. I find it frustrating sometimes, but for the most part I just try to keep a positive outlook and handle what we have to deal with. Happy Holidays!

  18. So sorry to hear of John’s reaction. I have a grandson with allergies(all nuts, tree & ground) shell fish, cats, dogs. He also carries an epi pen. I tried researching labeling but am so confused by it could you post any web site you might have regarding it.
    Please let us know how John does.

    Merry Christmas
    Thank you

  19. My child has had Localized contact reactions in the past – from actual contact with milk [residue] and cross contamination from that contact. If it was us — & it’s Not — I’d wonder if he rubbed his hands on his pants after handling the cookies (are they crumby or greasy?) & maybe he later put the contaminated pants on his bed when he changed into his PJs or something? Also, one time when a contact rash didn’t clear up right away [after wipes], it was because although I’d wiped hands and arm, I didn’t wipe the fingernails [that had been scratching] enough. The second wipe-down did the trick for us in that case. [When in doubt wash/wipe!] We still go through lots of wipes!

    I’ve heard of milk allergic kids keeping their allergy through college, but also some who’ve outgrown it around 11 or so (if not younger). Here’s to hope!

    Take a DEEP breath, be vigilant, and enjoy your holidays/vacation! (Love your blog!)
    God bless.

  20. I gasped when I saw John’s rash. My 6 y/o son is tree/peanut/egg allergic and we face similar situations. I love to read your blog because I sense, and can appreciate, your fears and frustration. It mirrors my own and helps me to know that we are not alone. Despite your recent hardships, I wish you peace and joy.

  21. Oh how familiar that face is! Poor little John and Mama. Many don’t understand but we most certainly do! Our 2.5 year old FA girl was “randomly” breaking out in hives, swelling (face and lips), itching, sneezing, and a few times coughing, as well as several bouts of diarrhea. This was happening up to 5x a week and I was absolutely terrified 24/7. We had 40+ new foods tested and came back with 10 low to moderate positives, now we have a total of 21 foods to avoid 🙁 We also have had many contact reactions from trace contaminants. It’s not an easy life to live for our children but hold strong Kelli! You inspire me and most significantly let me know I am not alone! Sometimes FA is so isolating even from other FA families when your child is the super sensitive one. Have a truly blessed Christmas and hope to see you again at the Chicago conference!

  22. I know for a fact they can react by touch. Over half of my 3 yr old daughter’s reactions have been touch only. not ingestion. And I have needed epipen 3 of those times and an ambulance one of those times. My thoughts are…if hives and no show of discomfort, then benedryl, because most times they feel a “panic or fear” feeling which usually ends in Anaphylaxis. If my daughter gets benedryl and seems to not improve in ten minutes, I will epi her. Better safe than sorry I was told by an ER doc. 😉 God Bless

  23. I know exactly how you feel about making the right choice at the right time regarding an allergic reaction. I have been in your shoes trying to make a choice between Benadryl, EpiPen, and the Emergency room. It just doesn’t get any less scary as time goes on. Gerber is TERRIBLE about listing allergens. You have to read the entire list of ingredients to get a grasp on them. I have seen whey listed in I believe the Arrowroot Cookies and whey as an ingredient in the Gerber Meat Sticks. You really have to pick through their lists. It is frustrating for a brand that is given to young children that they don’t have a Contains statement.

  24. Hi Kelly! My eldest son is 15 years old and has multiple food allergies. He also suffered from terrible eczema and needed a daily dose of Children’s Benadryl every day…3 times a day to control the itching. Little did I realize, it may have been working double time keeping the topical allergic reactions at bay. I also battle with should I be using the epi pen or antihistimine when a reaction does occur. To this day, we have never used the epi pen…his reactions have never involved his breathing…usually tingling of the tongue, hives on face, eyes congealing, lips swelling…all were kept under control with antihistimine. I live in Canada and a new law was just passed on labelling…all of the top food allergens will be listed clearly on all packaging with products that contain them. There truly seems to be a consensus among the food allergy community that there seems to be no method to the maddness when it comes to understanding food alllergies. As a parent of a child with not only mulitple food allergies but eczema and asthma…it has been quite the journey! Our life has been one giant roller coaster ride…at the moment we are cruising…however, I know at any moment we may come upon curve! As parents of children with food allergies and/or any medical condition…we must try to stay strong and know we are doing the best that we can given the information that we have. Stay strong, stay connected to the allergy community, gain strength in the notion that you are not alone. Thank you for sharing your story! Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles

  25. Thank you so very much for sharing your son’s photos and the story. We live with what you do. I just quit my very good job in this bad economy as our son has severe peanut, tree nut and egg allergies. After visiting the allergist again, and testing more foods, he and my husband and I agreed home-schooling is our best option, and he feels much safer now, as do we. The school couldn’t even find who had the key to his locked-up epi-pen for 45 mins. to collect his meds at the end of the school year, got hives square dancing and touching someone’s hand in music, and trouble breathing in art (among many other scares). It is so good to know we all feel a little safer now, but the world of food allergies is so scary! We know we made the right choice for our son and family. He’s the only son like him, and I can always look for another job, etc. He’s irreplaceable. I wish you and your son a wonderful and food-safe 2012!

  26. Hello, I am new to this forum but really happy it is here. I am looking for some guidance and help, not sure if this is the spot but here it goes. My 14 yr old daughter had an anaphylaxis reaction after eating a salad from a local salad bar (lettuce, carrots, feta cheese and croutons – italian dressing from home) She had eaten all of these things numerous times before. She had an immediate reaction, swelled lips, swelled airway. I gave her Benadryl and drove her to ER where they immediately gave her epi pen. She was admitted for three days as the swelling was all the way down her throat.

    She had been getting weekly allergy shots for environmental allergens….but nothing for food. Allergy tests showed that she was allergic to carrots, celery and tree nuts.

    Since then we have continued the shots and avoided the foods. She is eating peanut butter (every day) and the allergist said that was ok. People I have told have mixed reactions to that….thoughts?????

    Yesterday we went for her shots, she had not had them in three weeks so they lowered the dosage. She immediately had another anaphylaxis, she was white as a ghost, red blotchy arms, dizzy, and felt like she was tingly all over her body. She was brought into the doc office, and they could not get a blood pressure. She then started vomiting. Doc administered epi into her arm and then proceeded to take vitals. My daughter then said that her eyesight was blurry. Nurse was nervous and still could not get blood pressure. Doc finally got it and monitored her for an hour and a half. I asked him why he didn’t call 911 and he said she stabilized.

    I am looking for opinions and experiences from other parents who have similar issues with their child. People are telling me I should get a second opinion, and have her retested…also the peanut butter issue.

    I am nervous that she was not sent to the hospital as we were always told that was the process…epi and 911. Feel free to email me, and thanks for listening! Please put allergy in the subject line of the email so I know it is not SPAM. Thanks for this website!

  27. Oh my Carmel! That is scary! I would expect the allergist to be able to use the epipens and handle the beginning of a reaction in his office, but I would definitely re-evaluate the shots and strongly consider taking an extended break and starting over at a later date. We postponed starting shots when our little guy was having a rough period with his asthma. Also, if you weren’t comfortable with how the allergist handled the reaction or the explanation in the aftermath, I would get a second opinion for sure. There are lots of of good allergists out there, and being able to trust your allergist and communicate with them is super important. In the meantime, I would make sure you keep the epis close when she eats out again, although it sounds like the first reaction may also have been related to the shots. I know I have witnessed plenty of late reactions.
    Kelly, I think you handled the reaction just fine. I’m impressed your allergist was willing to talk you through it on the phone. Mine usually says if you’re having breathing issues then use the pens. If not, don’t. The time we had to use the epipens on my then 8 year old, there was no question we needed to use it. He did go from just hives to chest pains and breathing issues fast, but it was clear. He also had that impending feeling that something wasn’t right. If we used the epipen every time he had hives, we’d be in the e.r. all the time. Some kids, my son included, get hives with viruses. We had one period where it was on and off for a month. If it had gone on for six weeks, they would have done testing for autoimmune issues, but thankfully it cleared up as mysteriously as it started. It is stressful. Managing my son’s medical conditions I realized doctors really don’t have that many answers especially when you get into the whys and predicting the future. That is a pretty disconcerting realization, but once you embrace it it saves you a lot of futile frustration. I find I just have to have faith, trust my instincts and take it one incident at a time without trying to generalize or I’d drive myself crazy with all the unanswered questions.

  28. Hi may i take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy 2012 . i have just found this site by looking for egg,milk, wheat, nut , seed and some fruits! free diet for my toddler who has recently been given epipen after an anaphalyctic episode on exposure to bird seed . the other foods where known to cause varying degrees of symptoms but this was quite frightening. i’m so sorry to hear what all of you have been through and suddenly i dont feel so alone. it is quite overwhelming to read all your experiences but has also answered a lot of questions i had ready to ask the doctors. I hope that John much better now and you have a wonderful year thankyou so much for sharing your experiences and photos which im sure will further educate people to the very unpredictable and scary situations allergen sufferers live in. x

  29. I am so relieved after finding your blog. I am a first time mom to a almost 3 year old little girl. Last year we had a really scary allergic reaction that we are still unsure of the true cause, but her doctors suspected food (soy, strawberries, or peanut butter). Since then, our daughter hasn’t had a huge reaction like the one last year but she pretty much has been breaking out with hives quit similar to the ones your son has on his face. She pretty much gets them if she’s been out side or puts anything in her mouth. When our daughter was between the ages of 6months to 1year we started battling with chronic constipation and was unsure of what could have been causing it. Her GI said that he thought she was a “poop” holder and sent us on our way. Fast forward a couple years and we are still battling constipation and reactions with no answers. My recent research brought me to a study done on Milk allergy/intolerance and chronic constipation in children and seemed to pin point our daughter’s issues to the T. I started thinking back and it made sense because everything started getting worse once we started adding cow’s milk to her formula in the weaning process. Anyway, we really seem to think she has a Dairy allergy alongside a possible gluten allergy as well. We started eliminating dairy from her diet yesterday and today have done really well. It’s to early to see if anything has changed, but we are more convinced…. We have also made another appointment with her pedi, so here we go again. Hopefully we can figure this whole thing out. But one things for sure, its definitely scary as a mom thinking if you did everything right and wanting to make all the right choices concerning your child’s health.. Thanks for your blog, If you have any advice for me as this is all very new for me I would appreciate it….


  30. I hope you have figured out what is happening with your son. Just within the last year I have started having allergic reactions to eggs. I am an adult. The first time it happened would have been an epipen moment had I had one; as my throat and inside my mouth and on my tongue were covered in hives. The next reaction caused vomiting and hives over my body as did the third reaction. So here I am a 34 year old woman who has had to change what she eats, how she eats and what products I buy. I now have 2 epipens that go every where with me. I am thankful that I found your website and that finally I can make a few baked goods and actually enjoy them with my family.


  31. After reading this post, I want to thank you for writing what I feel and is hard to describe. My son has dairy allergy and is anaphylactic. People around me just don’t seem to get it, or understand what I’m going through when he’s beginning to have an allergic reaction.

  32. I am so sorry Kelly! I know how hard this is for you, John, and your family. You did everything right and handled John’s reactions well. Thank you so much for posting your own FA experiences. They really educate the world on the severity of food allergies and help those affected by food allergies everyday understand they are not alone in their struggles. I myself don’t have food allergies, but your blog posts have helped me understand how hard and scary it is to have a child, sibling, etc. with food allergies. I have never truly understood those non-FA people who dismiss food allergies as “insignificant and a burden on my children”. I hope they find this post and realize how dangerous and real food allergies really are and start supporting more non-food activities and celebrations. My thoughts on food allergies have been shaped by your books and blog.You are an amazing person and my role model for me. Keep up the good work and I hope you found the cause of John’s reactions. God bless you and your family! -Chloe

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