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Confusion from a Massachusetts Educator

Discussion in 'Mast Cell Disorders/Mastocytosis' started by RebeccaRe, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. RebeccaRe

    RebeccaRe Moose Enthusiast

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    Every so often I see a threat topic with the word 'MCAS' in the title, and it always makes me wonder, "Why are people posting about the MCAS here of all places??"

    That's because I had never heard of mast cell activation syndrome before. However, I do have a lot of experience with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, the standardized test taken by all public school students in the state.

    I thought that my confusion might be good for a chuckle.

    Interestingly enough, now that I'm reading a little bit about MCAS (the syndrome, not the test), I wonder if my mother might have had it. She had asthma and allergies all her life--nothing terrible, everything under good control. But after a terrible cold followed by a very difficult-to-kick sinus infection lasting for months her immune system just seemed to go wild. For a while anything she put in her mouth (either a pill or food), could set off an allergic (sometimes anaphylactic) response. Once that calmed down, she acquired a lot of brand new food allergies--in the end I think there were only two or three fruits she was able to eat without a problem. It took her a while to realize that some were allergies--for a long time she thought that maybe she had irritable bowel syndrome, but then she realized that her GI symptoms were much better on the days when she didn't eat a banana with breakfast. Does that sound MCAS-ish?
     
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  2. boombachi

    boombachi Senior Member

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    @RebeccaRe I have no idea about MCAS but I did chuckle about your post. :rofl::rofl::rofl:.
     
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  3. Shoshana

    Shoshana Northern USA

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    That is sort of very funny, and sort of not. :woot::confused:

    Funny about the test confusion! :D:lol:

    But not funny that your mother went through all of that. :(

    BUT very good that you finally sorted out the conundrum! :rofl::thumbsup::rofl:
     
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    Shoshana Northern USA

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    I forgot to say that I , too, have no idea, the answer to your question. ;)

    Hopefully someone else will! :)
     

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