aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
aprilhenry
aprilhenry

I don't want to do this again

Teen had a small rash on her knee yesterday. At first we thought it was mosquito bites. Then spider bites. It spread so we began to think heat rash. I did a lot of Googling and gave her an antihistamine before bed.

This morning it was more widespread. I left a message for the advice nurse and then went to Pilates. Ten minutes later, Teen called to ask where the antihistamines were, and only casually mentioned that her lips were swelling. I knew that was one sign that we could be heading toward anaphylactic shock.

I don't remember driving back. I barely remember driving to urgent care. Part of me was wondering whether I should have called an ambulance. Part of me thought I was overreacting. Part of me was wondering if I could perform a tracheotomy with a pen, the way they always are on TV.

We ended up with prednisone, antihistamines, and no real answer as to what caused this. Just that it is likely to happen several more times before we figure out the trigger. And that - gulp! - we need to drive her straight to the ER if she begins to clear her throat or have trouble breathing.



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