15.2.12

what we did yesterday...


Was visit the Emergency Room with a very unhappy little boy. He ate something and had a sudden allergic reaction followed by swelling, hives, itching and plenty of crying. I was terrified at this sudden outbreak and we rushed to the hospital as quickly as we could, trying to talk Israel through the car ride to keep him calm.
I was nearly in tears as we fought our way through lots of traffic and ridiculously slow drivers. Finally, we arrived at the hospital and by this time most of the swelling and hives had nearly disappeared (the drive was nearly 40 minutes mind you). After a little Benadryl and some monitoring, Israel was asleep in Daddy's arms, ready to go home. I left out a few details, it wasn't that quick of a trip, but you get the general idea.

I would like never to experience this sort of unforeseen panic again with Israel. I was so nervous for him, seeing him itch his swollen little wrists and not know what was going on inside of his body. For those 40 minutes, I tried not to jump to conclusions. I tried to stay calm, think objectively about what could have gone wrong and not let on to my little toddler that mommy was worried. But truthfully, I was thinking that I could not let anything bad happen to my sweet baby. I was thinking that I could not imagine life without his sweet face, curious voice and happy laughter!
I'm glad to say he's been just fine for the last 24 hrs but we're still not quite sure what went wrong. I'm hoping he has not developed a peanut allergy (please no!) but we will be visiting the doctor again really soon to find out.
Anyways, I've been carefully watching everything I feed him and looking for even the faintest of signs that something might go wrong and remembering to be thankful for this wonderful little gift we've been given, I love this boy!

32 comments:

  1. That sounds terrifying! So glad little Israel is feeling better.

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  2. Oh no! I have a 19 month old and we had our first trip to the ER a few months ago. Its so scary when your baby is sick or hurt. Sounds like you did a good job and kept your cool and hopefully not a peanut allergy.

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  3. I'm glad Israel is ok!

    This same thing happened to me last summer. My little one ate something and all of a sudden, the hugest hives. I freaked out too, and of course, thought about the worst case scenario. Not knowing what to do is so hard, I want to rush mine to the ER every time anything seems off.

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  4. Oh! That's so scary! I think I would just call 911. I don't know if I'd make to the hospital without getting into a car accident.

    Should we keep Children's Benadryl at home?

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  5. I feel for you all! Nice to hear Israel is doing ok now.

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  6. What a scare! I am glad to hear that he is doing better.

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  7. Poor baby and poor Mom! You were terribly brave. I am certain that I would have been in a near panic as well. It sounds like your Benadryl may have saved your little one a lot of trouble!

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  8. Poor boy and poor mum and dad! What a scary experience for all of you. I'm glad he is better!

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear this, Jen! It brought me to tears. As a mom I understand how this things can be so terrifying for you. I've been there too... I gave Emma peanut butter when she turned 3 for the first time and she never had a reaction until she ate peanuts at a party during Christmas time last year. It was also mild but I took her to an allergy specialist because both Frank and I suffer from various allergy problems. He said that kids with previous outbreaks need to be monitored for at least a year, sometimes it's not the peanuts but other ingredients that the processed ones may contain. I'm so glad little Israel is doing well. I hope you have recovered from the shock. All my love.

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  10. That sounds so scary--I am so glad he is ok.

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  11. I 'm glad that he's fine, we love our kids so much, is horrible when they get sick ,I know that feeling, our son is allergic to penicillin, so we make sure he do not take a medicine with penicillin. Best wishes to your sweet boy and you too.

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  12. not being able to help the little ones is the worst thing at all. glad he is better now. the pic with him and the roses is magic, by the way.

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  13. So scary! I'm sorry you had to go through that. Time to invest in a good allergist and loooots of Benadryl. Heres o hoping you never have to go through that again.

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  14. I am so sorry! it is so scary when something like this happens to your little one; such a panicky and helpless feeling - i can totally relate having 2 little ones under 3! hope he is doing ok and you can figure out what it was. xoxox E

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  15. My 6 year old daughter is severely allergic to peas so we have to carry Epipen with us all them time. Luckily peas are not as common in schools but I never stop worrying about her. Allergies are scary but hopefully Israel doesn't have a severe one :-), fingers crossed.

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  16. So glad everything is ok :)

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  17. Oh Jen, I am so glad the wee man is fine. It is unparalleled scary when they are poorly so dramatically. I feel for you so much. So glad all ok, Jo x

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  18. Hi Jennifer!
    To make your day a little bit better, I wanna tell you that I spent the last three days on your blog, reading everything. Pinning alot and neglecting both work and cleaning.. And after reading your first post (last for me), I continued to your DIY on Pinterest. Oh how I wish my father was an octopus! How will I ever find the time to do all these beautiful things? Well, I just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog and that you are really inspirational in the way you start your projects, it seems so easy! You also have such good taste and energy to find new things. And Swedish as I am, I really enjoy seeing alot of Scandinavian design on your blog! Take care and keep up the wonderful work!

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  19. I know exactly how you felt/feel! Treasure every second. He has grown so much too!

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  21. Jennifer, today my 2 and a half year old son Dylan had a high temperature that didn't drop. Then i picked him up and carried him to the dining room for dinner and he vomited all over both of us and the floor, i could smell the banana smoothie. Then he did again. The poor little thing. I had similar feelings to you. I love my little boy and was reminded how intrinsic he is to my life now. I couldn't live without him. It was a grim moment. he is asleep now and hopefully recovering. Ingrid

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  22. So frightening! I am not a parent myself so I can only imagine how scary it must be when your child is in distress. I'm thankful that little Israel is alright; I hope you get some answers soon as to what caused his allergic reaction.

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  23. Sounds so frightening but glad his fine now. I can believe the panic, when something like that happens with your child.
    I shipped our order today, sorry the tiny delay.

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  24. Oh my! I Hope everything's back to normal again with you. It sounds frightening.

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  25. I hope that everything is ok with your son!!!! my best thoughts

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  26. Poor baby! So good to hear that all is well after such a scare.

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  27. Oh poor baby boy ! I hope he is all well now, and that you will know
    as soon as possible what caused his allergic reaction ! I just cannot
    imagine how excruciating it must be to be helpless while your baby
    is in distress :(

    have a good day with Israel :)

    xx
    Stella

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  28. 40 minutes of feeling hopeless in helping your little babe, that is agony! even a minute makes me get a lump in my throat. i hope you'll never have to endure it again! it sounds like he's feeling better. i hope you are able to figure out what gave him such a reaction. scary stuff!

    may the rest of your week be relaxing and well.

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  29. :( I am happy that he is ok now! He is so cute little boy! <3hugs from Finlad <3

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  30. Poor little thing! The exact same type of allergic reaction happened to me last Easter. I've been lucky enough my whole life to (so far) not have any allergies but after eating a meal at a restaurant (that I had eaten several times before) my entire body developed itchy hives, especially on my hands, feet and around my mouth (which became very swollen). Thankfully My throat didn't swell but it was the strangest thing, and hasn't happened since. Benadryl and a (very) cold shower did the trick for me. Haven't had a reaction since! I hope the little one hasn't developed anything, but maybe it was just a fluke!

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  31. Oh, so sorry for you guys! But I've been thinking, could it have been urticaria? My daughter had that and I rushed her off to hospital as well. They've never been able to tell us why it appeared, but it seems to be pretty common and (fingers crossed) most of the times it's not allergic. Hope you're fine!

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    1. I have not even heard of such a thing! They did not mention that, though it doesn't mean we can rule it out. It's still a bit of a mystery what caused the reaction. We continue to pack Benadryl with us just in case.

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