Alexander Kerfoot is allergic to nuts, and Wednesday afternoon, while waiting for his iPhone to be fixed in Stockholm, Sweden, he killed some time at a local coffee shop. Kerfoot ordered a food item that he made sure with a clerk had no nuts in it.

Well, it turns out it did – bits of cashew nuts. Kerfoot had the resultant allergic reaction and had to be taken to a hospital in town.

Let Kerfoot tell the rest of the story, from the blog he’s been doing daily for

After leaving my iPhone plugged in overnight I woke up to find that it was refusing to charge. After a quick bite to eat for breakfast I asked the concierge if there was an Apple store nearby in hopes that they might be able to fix my problem. Luckily, there was a store a five-minute walk away.

I dare say that that was the only lucky thing that happened to me Wednesday.

Upon arriving at the store, one of the sales representatives assessed the problem and suggested I take a walk down the street while he worked on it. Perfect, I thought, I’ll soon have a working phone and I can see a few sights as well.

As I meandered along the cobblestone streets I saw a quaint coffee shop that looked great. Because of the language barrier, I was having difficulty communicating with the waitress, which is especially troublesome for me because I have a severe nut allergy. I managed to order a sandwich after a fairly involved attempt to confirm that there were no nuts in it. Although she assured me there were not, I think she misinterpreted my question because the pesto sauce contained nuts.

As I felt the reaction coming on, I quickly found the manager and asked him if he thought there were nuts in my sandwich and he confirmed there were cashew nuts in the pesto sauce.

Fortunately, his English was pretty good and he was very helpful in tracking me down a cab and rushing me to the nearest medical facility. In a matter of minutes, I was at the hospital, having an allergic reaction to cashews, unable to speak the native language and without a phone.

Not ideal.

Luckily, the doctors and nurses took great care of me and I was fortunate that I had dealt with similar reactions in the past and knew what the progression felt like. I was confident that this one was not going to be super severe.

Since I didn’t have my phone, I was unable to inform anyone on the team as to what was happening or where I was. Usually, in an instance like this, I would tell our head trainer that I was experiencing a reaction and he would take the lead in treating me, but since I didn’t have my phone I thought it was safest to head straight to the hospital. Luckily it was an off day and I didn’t miss a practice or team function.

After getting released from the hospital, I took a cab back to the Apple store, where they informed me that my phone still wasn’t able to charge and that most likely something was wrong with the battery. They could get it serviced and replace the battery but that would take a few days, at which point I would probably be back in Colorado.


Who can go four days without a phone?

I decided that it probably wasn’t my day and it might be best to just buy a new phone.

So, I went back at the hotel with a brand new iPhone8, feeling completely fine. It wasn’t the off day I had planned, but I certainly won’t forget it anytime soon.

I promise at some point before we leave I will explore Stockholm and fill you in on what I saw but, for now, I’m going to try and rest up.

Maybe I will stick to room service tonight. Ha!


Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling “Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports’ Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era” and “100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, which was published in October, 2016.

  • Caren Vondell

    Why does the headline say peanut allergy if it was cashews?!

    • KKtheHippie

      Nitpicking: adjective – looking for small or unimportant errors or faults, especially in order to criticize unnecessarily.

      • Caren Vondell

        It’s a totally different allergy. People dangerously assume that people who are allergic to nuts are just allergic to peanuts. So, when allergic people say in a restaurant that they are allergic to nuts, some places say “there’s no nuts” because there’s no peanuts. It’s not an insignificant adjective.

  • Blackboard Warrior

    Man, it’s so refreshing to read something so well written by a kid that age. Guess that’s what a Harvard education will do for you.

  • uh maybe dont copy/paste his whole post blog. Just becuase your put ” ” does not make stealing content ok.

  • Exhibit A of why it’s always best to travel with friends when in a foreign country for the first time. I wonder why he wasn’t exploring with one or more of his teammates. I’m glad he’s okay though.