Guess it’s been a couple weeks since I posted. I keep telling myself if I had a nice desk set-up at home I would blog more often. Maybe.
We have been enjoying the beautiful weather and pretty leaves around here.
I forgot to take a picture of the 2 bushes out in front of our house- burning bushes I think? The leaves turn a gorgeous bright red color. Well most of them blew off today so I didn’t get a picture. Next year maybe.
Well, we had our first trip to the ER this last week for one of the kids. On Thursday, Tyler was given a miniature Snickers bar to eat at his daycare/preschool. Not good for a kid who is allergic to peanuts. They didn’t think anything of it because he didn’t immediately start showing any symptoms. Then about 10 minutes later he threw up all over the hallway and they figured it out. They called me at work and I just took off. I brought him home, where Hubby was home with Jenna who was running a fever that day. Tyler threw up again, and just didn’t seem right. I took him to the ER and he threw up a couple more times. They dosed him with some Zofran for the nausea and gave him some Benadryl. He seemed fine and happy, and we left to go home relatively soon so Hubby could get back to work. A little less than an hour later, he started coughing a lot and itching all over. I called the ER and they didn’t seem too worried about it, but said bring him in if I am worried. Well it turned into wheezing and he was pretty lethargic all of a sudden, so I got him and Jenna in the car and hightailed it to the ER. They got him in right away and did the epinephrine injection and put him on oxygen. Thankfully that calmed everything down, because his whole face was turning red. Pretty much the scariest moment of my life right there. They kept him there for observation for a couple hours and did a nebulizer treatment on him. He ended up falling asleep in my arms for quite awhile.
Finally we got to leave the hospital and just had to keep an eye on him and keep going with some Benadryl for awhile. I didn’t get much sleep that night, because I kept checking on him to make sure he was breathing. He bounced right back and was fine the next day, but we kept him home to keep an eye on him. He just kept saying “I not sick anymore” and “peanuts icky”.
This was the first eye opener about how costly little mistakes like those can be. I don’t want to be one of those hovering moms but this situation kind of forces me to do that, when it comes to food at least. I just pray and pray and pray that he grows out of it, but the statistics for peanut allergies aren’t too favorable for that. At least now I am more comfortable using his Epi pen, as I saw how it went to work almost right away. I am not too excited about the delayed anaphylactic reaction. After doing some research, it looks like people can have a secondary reaction anywhere from 4-24 hours later.
On to happier subjects, last night my dad’s side of the family gathered to celebrate my grandparents’ 60th wedding anniversary. I wish I took pictures but I was too busy chasing my crazy child around (Tyler had fully recovered by then and was super excited to play with cousin Beau). They had invited family, friends and members of the community, so it was a pretty big shin-dig. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such great role models in all of my grandparents. They really set the bar pretty high for these large families they’ve created. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for them.
Ok ok, this is turning into a pretty lengthy post, so I better get to some more pictures from the last couple weeks.
Fun play time with Nicholas visiting from New York
Oops, sorry Daddy
Picking apples with Cousin Beau
Shark Attack!! Costumes handmade by Grandma Pat
Beau wasn’t too excited. He didn’t want to look at me.
Alrighty then, that doesn’t quite cover the last month, but close enough. I did have a great carrot/apple muffin recipe to share, but I think I am already pushing the limits with this post. If anyone has any super apple recipes to share- I am all ears! I am going to try dehydrating some this week.
Happy Halloween everyone!