trip to the ER last night

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 1:47am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

I don't even know where to begin. I stayed up all night listening to DS breath. He had an anaphylactic reaction during DD softball game last night. We don't know what caused it. It started with him saying his eyes and hands hurt so I gave him a Benedryl. Then a few minutes later he was covered in hives and complaining his throat felt funny. Then the wheezing and coughing. I injected him right away and had another parent call 911. It took about 10 minutes for the ambulance to find us.

By the time we got to the hospital his face was quite swollen, but his breathing was fine.

This was very different than his other reactions, he hadn't eaten anything for over an hour, and complaining of "sore" hands. He had just been in the bushes near the softball diamond, then on the monkey bars of the playground, then rolling down the grassy bank. The cottonwood fluff is flying now and a few parents thought that was the cause, but that has been going on for over a week. I just can't think of anything different. I guess we are in for another trip to the allergist.

Thanks for letting me unload.

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 2:22am
CVRTBB's picture
Joined: 11/23/2001 - 09:00

First of all let me say I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through! I know from experience that this is a very emotional time!
Is there a chance that another child who had eaten a peanut product played on the monkey bars before your son? This would be my guess as to the why of the reaction, especially since he said his hands hurt. I often worry about that when my son is on the monkey bars.
You'll both be in my thoughts and prayers!
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Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 2:50am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

My feelings go to you as well. We all know how it feels the morning after.

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 2:57am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for your replies, I too thought of the PB/monkey bar connection, I don't know if we will ever know. I have an appointment with our GP tomorrow and will try to see the allergist ASAP to try and rule out something environmental.

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 3:37am
arachide's picture
Joined: 08/16/2000 - 09:00

Contact-reaction? Some peanut shells in the grass?
Hope your little guy recovers quickly!
What an ordeal...

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 3:55am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Sorry to hear about your ds reaction.
Kudo's for handling the situation the [b]
right[/b] way.

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 5:07am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

Arachide and smack, thanks for your kind words. I did not notice any PN shells, but did not see everywhere he had been. Another friend of mine said her daughter had a sore hands & eyes reaction to the lime that they use to line the ball field. But he never really went on the field. It was a breezy night and some of the lime could have been blown on to the grassy bank where he was rolling??????? The possibilities never seem to end.

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 5:50am
mae's picture
Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

cynde- sorry to hear of your son's reaction. Hope he is doing better today. Was it in an area where people picnic?
Take care
mae [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 6:40am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

Mae, thanks for your response, no it was not a picnic area. It was just a school with a playground and a grassy bank leading down to a softball diamond.
He is doing fine today, I am showing more ill effects than him. He got a great nights sleep while I stayed up and watched him, and is enjoying playing hookey, while I keep an eye on him and try to mud some gyp-roc from our recent renovations. I am so tired I can hardly see straight.

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 7:19am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Cynde - what a scare for you all. You handled it like a seasoned veteran! Hope you all get a good night sleep tonight. Warmest regards, Syd's Mom

Posted on: Wed, 06/04/2003 - 9:46am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

Thanks, Syds mom. Unfortunately I feel like a seasoned pro. This was my 3rd time injecting him in a year and a half, that's just way too much practice.
We forgot that he was supposed to be the one to inject himself. He said he doesn't want to because it hurts, even though he knows what the alternative is. He was crying when I pulled out the epi, but I didn't even take the time to explain to him that I had to do it. I just went into autopilot and did it, now I feel like I should have been more reassuring and tried to calm him down as well as injecting him quickly. I guess no matter what happens we second guess how we handle things. At least the outcome was good.


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