At some point either just before, or just after, our encounter with Jeremy the heroin addict who used to live in our house (see post from July 3rd), this is the second half of the Welcome to Australia drama.
After eating a quarter of a sandwich with the ABC Butter on it, one of my kids started getting bumps (which we learned were hives) all over his face, neck, and hands. MK, our preschool teacher from Florida who was with us, immediately knew this was an allergic reaction. We ran to the closet, grabbed a Benedryl (melt-on-your-tongue variety), and shoved it in his mouth. We didn't even know what number to call for an ambulance-- but guess what, it wasn't 911.
I think my mom or MK ran outside asking how to make an emergency call-- by the way, you dial 000... and soon we were in an ambulance on the way to the hospital with our new best friend, Ben the paramedic. Incredibly enough, there was a second encounter about two months later with the paramedics and again it was Ben who came to our rescue. I'm kind of regretting that I didn't whip out a camera in the ambulance, because Ben is very hot-- and I've got a couple girlfriends to hook him up with should they come to visit... for some reason the photo opp didn't occur to me... duh, I wonder why.
Okay, back to the drama..
Thankfully, within the hour the hives were almost gone, and we were on our way home.
It took over a month to get an appointment with the pediatric immunologist, who's tests ultimately determined he had an allergy to a particular tree nut. Which figures, being that I probably ate about 30 containers of those nuts when I was pregnant with him... omigod, I'm such a dumbass.
Seriously, rushing your kid to the hospital in an ambulance is beyond scary and only rivals the day our other child had trigger thumb surgery as worst, most anxiety provoking days ever.
But guess what, there's good freaking news--which is what prompted this two-part posting saga to begin with...
We went for our annual allergist/immunologist appointment this week-- and it looks like possibly the allergy has greatly diminished. The only problem is, the way you get a more definitive answer is to do what they call an Food Challenge (click here to see what the hell I'm talking about).
So what's a parent to do? It's wonderful to think possibly he has outgrown the allergy... but seriously, are you supposed to subject your child to this????
Opinions are appreciated.
The allergy test results and his star sticker for being so awesome.