5 1/5 YEARS DIAGNOSED AND STILL HATING THIS

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By Peanut Militia on Sun, 04-01-07, 05:31

We spent the day in the ER.
DDs and DH stayed in the van while I went into Target to get 'stuff' for Easter Baskets... WE put the items in the back of the van. We were getting ready to pull out when I mentioned to my husband that I had gotten seat covers for his truck. DD with allergies said I'll get it for you Dad. Grabbed the box, took it out and handed it to him (the box had been opened, I figured it was by someone checking the size-didn't think about it). Dh and I started talking about the covers. DD says "Mom, Dad I" we cut her off and my husband said "Wait until mom and dad are through talking" (sound familure?) I looked back at her to emphasise the point. Not even 20 second later she said--"I need to tell you something--I think it is an emergency my lips are swelling." I turned back around and her lips were swelled to her nose, her right eye was shutting, she was short of breath, looking thick and red. I went to the back of the van-got the epi while she got her benedryl out and took it, DH pulled over injected her while I got the inhaler out (this made sence at the time-proximity to DH). We then drove to the ER-three minutes away. I walked in, told the receptionist that my daugher was in ana and EPI had been given. She asked me to sign--I'm not sure what (could have been about anything), called for a code 3 and took us back while a nurse was comming to us. They checked her, her hives were still forming and her tongue was swelling, she also had diarrhea. After getting her current meds list they gave her steriods, zyrtec had us wait 3 1/5 hours and sent us on our way. (I think this was minimal with no sense of emergency--it was a smallish hospital, but only 3 minutes away). She finally went to bed, but we will watch her all night.

Lessons I have learned:
**I can't believe I let her touch something that had been opened without washing it. She has a history of contact ana to peanuts--what was I thinking????
**Should have gone for the EPI and then worried about Benedryl/inhaler. Usually that works, but this happened fast. She said she itched her eye and that was when things "got bad."
***Glad I had EPI, but I grabbed an older purse. I knew had DD traveling med pack in it, but the EPI pens in it expired Feb 07--They still worked, but I am beyond careful about expired EPI--Knowing I hadn't carried that bag in a while I should have checked before we left.
***It has been a while since she has had EPI. We have practice using it from time to time. Aparently she had gotten it in her 6 year old head that if we used the Epi it must be bad--REAL BAD. She started yelling I am dying arn't I--Just tell me mom am I going to die??? I know part of that is the 'impending doom' It just killed me to hear her terrified (last time her vocabulary did not have the work die). I want her to take PA seriously, I a hoping I have not over done it.
***We reviewed--IF YOU ARE HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION OR ASTHMA ATTACK YOU CAN INTERUPT ANY ADULT AS MANY TIMES AS YOU NEED AND YOU WILL NEVER GET INTO TROUBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON'T CARE IF IT IS A TEACHER, POLICE OFFICER, NANA, PAPA, OR EVEN MOM AND DAD--MAKE SURE YOU TELL US!!! We will go over this several times in the next few days.
***I hate days like today!!!!

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By sebastian on Sun, 04-01-07, 07:38

Oh my gosh, how scary. I am glad to hear she is better.

My daughter is 6 as well, it has been almost 2 1/2 years since her last ana. reaction. I don't even know how she would react now since it has been so long.

Big hugs to you,
Shelley

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By Momcat on Sun, 04-01-07, 15:36

Wow! How scary--I'm glad she's doing better. Make sure you follow up with the allergist and get this reaction documented.

Cathy

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By Going Nuts on Sun, 04-01-07, 18:22

What an awful experience. And doesn't it get to you that as long as many of us have been at it, we still make mistakes?

I hope she has an uneventful, restful day today. Be good to yourselves.

Amy

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By saknjmom on Sun, 04-01-07, 18:24

So, do you think that someone used the seat covers and returned them?
Are you sure it was the seat covers? Whoa, very scary day indeed.
I am happy that she is okay and it must have been heartbreaking hearing her ask if she was dying.
You were prepared, you did a good job taking care of her....lots of hugs to you!

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By McCobbre on Sun, 04-01-07, 21:15

(((((hugs)))))

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By Peanut Militia on Sun, 04-01-07, 22:43

Quote:Originally posted by saknjmom:
[b]So, do you think that someone used the seat covers and returned them?
Are you sure it was the seat covers? Whoa, very scary day indeed. [/b]

I don't know if they were returned or if someone just opened them to see what they looked like while eating a candy bar??? I am as positive as you can be while hoping she isn't becomming allergic to something else. It had been several hours since she had eaten--all foods she had eaten before. The hives that were the last to leave were where she had touched the cover (hands, face and right arm).
She is doing better today. She is tired, but jazzed.

Thanks all! Love the hugs!

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By cam on Sun, 04-01-07, 23:41

Just sending more hugs!!! That's sounds very scary and I'm so glad she is okay.

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By mommyofmatt on Mon, 04-02-07, 13:28

Incredibly scary for you and your dd! So glad she's feeling better now, sorry she was so frightened [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

From your description, it sounds like she did speak up and interrupt you to tell you she was having a reaction...maybe just not as quickly as you'd want?

Glad everything turned out well!!! Meg

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By Peanut Militia on Mon, 04-02-07, 23:54

Thank you for pointing out that she did keep interrupting us. I guess what got me is that, in the past, we have had minutes, not seconds to react. I have also decided to pre-cut the foil on two fast tabs. I think that wasted time.

Thank you again!

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By saknjmom on Tue, 04-03-07, 00:26

Quote:Originally posted by Peanut Militia:
[b]Thank you for pointing out that she did keep interrupting us. I guess what got me is that, in the past, we have had minutes, not seconds to react. I have also decided to pre-cut the foil on two fast tabs. I think that wasted time.

Thank you again![/b]

We peel the edge off the paper backing of the fast melts. They are hard to open!
Don't beat yourself up at all. You did a good job.

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By saknjmom on Tue, 04-03-07, 00:27

Quote:Originally posted by Peanut Militia:
[b]Thank you for pointing out that she did keep interrupting us. I guess what got me is that, in the past, we have had minutes, not seconds to react. I have also decided to pre-cut the foil on two fast tabs. I think that wasted time.

Thank you again![/b]

We peel the edge off the paper backing of the fast melts. They are hard to open! We don't take the whole backing off though so we can see the expiration date. If you just start it on the corner, it won't degrade either and it will be easier to open.
Don't beat yourself up at all. You did a good job.

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