First 911 call...good practice run!
DS#1 is 6 and has been sick for a week. We went to the dr yesterday and just a mild wheeze. He returned to school today. Then this afternoon he suddenly started the worst cough I've ever heard. Tears running down his face, he couldn't get his breath. Thinking he was just due for his albuterol I ran for the inhaler but he couldn't take it because he couldn't stop coughing. Fortunately due to his brother's asthma, I had the nebulizer hooked up so I dragged him up the stairs and started the albuterol. As he is coughing and gagging, blood starts flying out his nose and he is vomiting. I grabbed the epipen and had it ready. I gave him benadryl and checked his peakflow...it was 90%!!! For those who don't know, this is good...my plan says epi if he drops to 60% regardless. In fact it was as good a number as I'd seen all week!
I called dh and mil to head this way. I called the allergist and they told me to go to the ER. So I called 911. I made them check his BP and they listened to his chest here - seemed fine, so I refused transport to the hospital because other than saying his stomach hurt, all symptoms has dissipated at this point.
I don't know what that was all about but a couple of things plus a question:
1) Could the repetitive coughing be a symptom of a reaction without impacting his peak flow ?
2) This was great practice...made me realize despite all the things I've done to prepare. There can always be an unexpected combination of symptoms or events. And you're not thinking straight....so many things I could do better!
3) The EMT was an idiot. He told me that coughing is not a symptom of an allergic reaction...ok just had to vent about that!