Thursday, April 19, 2012

dear reed: lets try to make it a whole week without something happening


allergies
they suck

anaphylaxis really sucks

thank goodness we haven't had to deal with anaphylactic shock yet. hopefully never.

want to know how bad they are?

reed touched...just touched...egg whites and within minutes was covered in hives

he got a tiny handful of rice that had butter on it that i made for the dog when he was sick and within minutes his lips were swelling up, his throat sounded thick, he was coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and of course he had hives. always with the hives and itching. next time i will throw the rice out farther into the woods...or burn it since apparently it is poison to this little man

ya'll need to buy stock in generic benedryl because i'm pretty sure i'm providing these companies with half their income.

today was the rice and butter incident. when the benedryl was finally starting to work i got up to go make myself some tea. izzy yelled "momma reedo is sleeping!" and i paniced. i dropped my tea. i ran to the back room and a million things ran through my mind.
"this is it. anaphylactic shock"
"he stopped breathing"
"i have one epipen in my shirt i will use it and run to the car for the other so i can give him two injections"
"i'll call 911 and just have to take all the kids with me"
"should i get in the car and start driving him to the hospital and meet the ambulance since we're so far back here in the woods?"

2 seconds later i was in the back room looking at my little man...just lying on the couch under a blanket. eyes open. breathing fine. he still had the hives...but he was fine.

thanks for that one izzy.

there is still the 24 hour rule: the reaction could start again sometime in the next 24 hours
this means i will not sleep very well (i'm not anyways thanks to hankys teething drama) 

there will be many moments when i sit by his crib and hold my breath, listening for his breathing


chris says we need to do a demonstration at church

sit reed down in front of everybody and drop some egg on his leg and let everybody see what happens so they get it

i feel like nobody gets it and everybody thinks i'm crazy

i didn't even get it until i saw it myself for the first time almost a year ago


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1 comment:

  1. I just found out partick breaks out in hives when fresh cut grass touches his skin. It happened when we were taking family pictures a few weeks ago. It cought me by surprise and I was totally shocked at how fast it happened! Stay strong hun and I pray he grows out of his allergies! Maybe Chris is right about showing the church. They do need to know how serious his allergies are.

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