Courage and humour

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 3:39pm
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This is a moving read for the parent of an allergic child:

[url="http://www.forumgarden.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26038"]http://www.forumgarden.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26038[/url]

As parents of a child with anaphylaxis, we have seen our daughter struggle for air as her throat swelled shut. It is not something that words could ever describe. I will never forget Boxing Day but I always wonder, "do I really understand what happened from her perspective"?

I blogged tonight about the message board post above. It is a courageous first-hand account of an anaphylactic reaction, especially given the author's ability to write with humour about such a horrific near death experience.

It also brings to to light the risk of youth not knowing where their Epipen is.

What I found most compelling is that the story helps me understand what happened in December. I'll never forget the look of despair in my daughter's eyes ... that was worse than the hives, swelling and her inability to breathe.

Off to hug my daughter again ... on the heels of the 'Child' article this week I am admittedly still a little rattled.

NP.

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Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 8:45am
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Quote:Originally posted by NoPeanutsPlease.com:
[b] I'll never forget the look of despair in my daughter's eyes ... that was worse than the hives, swelling and her inability to breathe.
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I've only ever seen anaphylaxis from the inside. Oddly, it's the look of despair in dh's eyes that I'll never get over. Up to that point I wasn't to scared. I just wanted to sleep (I think that was from bp dropping). I remember a lot about what happened to me, but it's his eyes that make me careful all the time.
I did post about it on this forum somewhere -- though I don't think I added humour the way the poster in the link did. And I agree with you -- her post is tasteful yet humourous.

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 11:23am
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You are soooo right about the eyes. I will never, ever forget that look. DD is 12 now but she was 2 when I first saw that look. No matter how much time passes, that look is burned into my memory!

Posted on: Sat, 03/17/2007 - 6:07pm
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I have traded comments with the author on my blog. Her additional comments were incredibly helpful for me. Through this exchange I now have a much better understanding of how my daughter must have felt through her episode.
I also find it amazing that a person would go through multiple near-death experiences and still have a sense of humour about it. I know it's human nature but it's still incredible.
If you're interested:
[url="http://nopeanutsplease-com.blogspot.com/2007/03/code-2.html"]http://nopeanutsplease-com.blogspot.com/2007/03/code-2.html[/url]
NP.
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