Here's a first-hand account
of a tree nut-allergy incident in Turkey:
"I just returned from a trip to Istanbul,
where I ate at a large buffet that
was prepared for a party serving a
lot of people.
"I tried to be careful,
but ended up eating some kind of nuts
and it seemed that many of the foods
at the buffet contained nuts. They
were all local type dishes served at
one of the finest hotels.
I had my Epi-pen with me and used it.
There was a Turkish ambulance nearby
and they put an IV in me and watched
me for an hour as I stabilized.
Turkish ambulance EMTs didn't speak
much English and there was a problem
communicating until one of the tour
guides showed up and translated.
ambulance was not equipped with the
same standards of gear that a US ambulance
would be...they did not take most of
the same vitals that we would in the
"They took good care
of me, but
my feeling was that if I had not had
my Epi-pen and gave myself a shot...I
may not have faired [sic] as well.
"Still I loved Istanbul and
regret only that my incident kept me
from the scheduled next day visit to
mosques, which I am so sad to have
—Name withheld by request