5 1/5 YEARS DIAGNOSED AND STILL HATING THIS
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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