Used Epi for 1st Time Today!
I got a call from the school around 10:00 am today saying that Timmy was having an allergic reaction and they had given him benedryl at 9:30. They said he started out with eye swelling and a few hives but was now coughing. I raced to the school (had to get my 8 yos dressed quick first as he has been home from school with a high fever the last two days). I picked him up and brought him home and gave him a breathing treatment. Afterward it seemed to help for a little while but then he started to get worse again. He was sounding breathless when he talked and said his chest hurt really bad and had a hard time walking (as he usually does when he has an asthma attack). I called the allergist and asked him what to do and he said Epi and hospital. I had to literally hold him down to get him to let me give him the shot. He was totally hysterical!!! It really shocked me as we've talked a lot about it and I've told him what other kids on here have said, that it didn't hurt that bad. Come to find out later that when we went to the ER two and a half weeks ago when he had double pneumonia he heard a kid in another room getting a shot and screaming his head off and hysterical, so it gave him the idea that it was going to hurt really bad! Well, when I finally got the shot in his thigh he went from screaming to a big smile on his face! I said, see- it wasn't near as bad as you thought it would be was it? He grinned and sheepishly said, no. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I took him to the ER (leaving his brother with the 95 year old lady next door till my friend could get here to pick him up). They were kinda surprised that I brought him to the ER because he was doing so well by that point! The Dr said the nurses questioned him on it and he told them that normally kids come in to be checked out after an Epi to make the parent feel better!?! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] I think I'm going to print up some info to take with me the next time! They seem sooooooooo clueless when it comes to allergies at this hospital!! UGH! Doesn't really help me to feel any better! I stayed for a couple of hours but he really did seem to be a lot better so I went ahead and taught one of my classes but told the principal that I wanted to keep him with me where I could keep an eye on him. He agreed. Of course Timmy had a ball being a first grader with a class full of 9th graders doting on him [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Anyway, alls well that ends well- I'm just still keeping a close eye on him for a biphasic reaction.
I don't think I'll ever hesitate again to give him the Epi. It was such an instantaneous help to his breathing it was just amazing! I don't think he'll ever be frightened of it again either, which is a big plus if they ever have to give him the shot at school.