Today, we go back to the morning of January 9. It was about three weeks since my son’s anaphylactic reaction and learning of his multiple food allergies. I had just stopped crying and was starting to think that I could and would totally make the best of all of this. Just when I started to gain control of my emotions and life….Just when I started to feel like I was indeed a great mom for my son….
We ended up back in an ambulance to the emergency room.
As we were driving to work and daycare, I heard my son gagging in the back. So, I pulled over and saw that he had a red rash all over his chest and neck. In addition to this, his throat was slightly swollen. I panicked, called my husband to come, yelled to two random guys in the parking lot to help me. I had no idea what was going on. He had only nursed that morning and I had cut everything that he was allergic to out of my diet. I did not understand what was going on. I was terrified that I would need to administer the EpiPen.
Within minutes, a cop was next to me and calling for an ambulance. My husband also soon arrived. As I held my son, I knew that this was a different kind of reaction from his anaphylactic one to yogurt. He even smiled at my husband and the cop at one point. Of course, like the night of December 13, it was snowing so it took a little longer than normal for the ambulance to arrive.
While we took the ambulance to the hospital, he did not need anything but Benadryl. Within two hours, we were on our way home and scheduling to meet with our allergist.
After the allergist, we learned some new information about my son and living with food allergies.
- My son was diagnosed with dermatographic urticaria. Click here for more information about this skin condition. This mixed with his multiple food allergies was making everything more complicated. He has very sensitive skin and gets random hives and reactions to environmental factors in addition to having many food allergies. Therefore, he needed to start taking a low dose of Zyrtec at night. With this Zyrtec, we would hopefully be able to control “random” environmental hives and reactions.
- More food allergy testing was done but testing is tricky at this age because they are so young and it’s not so accurate. This is when he ordered for many fruits, vegetables, and meats to be tested. They also tested for autoimmune diseases.
- I also learned that in addition to his EpiPens/Auvi-Qs, I should always be carrying Benadryl with me too.
After blood work results…
Based on his IgE levels, my son would now need to avoid soy and sesame in addition to the others (dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, oats, barley, wheat, coconut). However, we also gained some positive news. All of the other tested fruits, vegetables, and meats were safe for us to continue to introduce. This also included rice and corn which have been beyond helpful to his diet. We were also informed that autoimmune diseases were not something that my son was dealing with based on these levels.
Today as I look back at some of the scariest times of my life, I realize how far we have already come and how much we all have grown in the process. Despite it all, we know that we have so much to be thankful for so we smile on…