Medical drama

by Kim on July 27, 2013

I was totally going to blog yesterday, but we were having some medical drama around here. Basically, my Mom Alert System has been going haywire for the past 24 hours, and I’m exhausted.

Long story short, we ended up in urgent care this morning.


I know that lots of kids get rashes, and they’re often pretty harmless, but when my kid gets a rash, he really kills it. You can’t tell in that picture, but he’s covered head-to-toe in red, itchy welts.

It came out of absolutely nowhere yesterday afternoon. BOOM. Hives everywhere. It was a little more dramatic than I was used to, but I assumed it was still a standard food allergy reaction and gave him some Benadryl.

When that had no effect, I started hyperventilating a little. I threw him in the bathtub, thinking maybe the rash was being spread by contact (probably a ridiculous conclusion), and then watched it explode even more. His face was swollen and red, lips a little blue, body doused in hives. WHAT?

Panicking by this point, I called Brent to beg him to come home early, totally anticipating that I was going to have to bust out the dreaded EpiPen. When he got home, I was on the phone with the doctor’s office (at 4 PM on a Friday—probably the worse time ever to realize you have a medical problem since all the docs go home early and the after-hours care hasn’t kicked in yet). They assured me that if things were going to go tragically wrong, they would have already by that point.

Weirdly comforting. I breathed for the first time in a few hours.

We made an appointment at the after-hours clinic downtown, but ended up canceling it, thinking that the rash was calming down and that there wasn’t much the doctor would be able to do about it anyway.

20130726_154727The pictures really don’t do it justice…

The next morning—this morning—the rash had died down in the areas where it had been heavier the day before (chest/upper arms/face) but was thick and angry in new places, like his legs, back, and forearms. But he didn’t seem uncomfortable at all—he was happy and eating/sleeping fine—so I decided to stay on the “wait it out” track, and headed off to a yoga class.

When I got home an hour later, he was, again, covered in hives. I couldn’t believe it! And that was game over. Ten minutes later, we were in the car to urgent care (me still sweaty and makeup-less).

The doctor confirmed that it was most likely an allergic reaction (we thought it could possibly be a virus, but he wasn’t showing any other signs of illness at all), and she recommended Zyrtec (an antihistamine). The end.

So that’s where we’re at now. Mason’s having a long, heavily-drugged nap (poor kid), and he’ll stay on the Zyrtec for at least the next week, until, hopefully, his system calms down.

The frustrating part in all this is that we still have no idea what caused it, and we might never know. I can’t even express how helpless and insecure that makes me feel.

I know there are worse things in the world, but I am so, so sick of this allergy business. I’m sad to say that it has colored my whole parenting experience, and I’m much more wary about the possibility of future kids because of it. I also can’t help looking at other people’s kids and thinking, “That must be so nice. And easy.” I know that’s unfair, and a crappy attitude to have, but I just feel like we got dealt a tricky hand here, and it sucks.

The one perk of being sick for Mason: it sometimes leads to surprise gifts.


I stopped by Goodwill after grabbing the Zyrtec from the drugstore and picked up all this for $7.

I swear the "Healthy Me” book is a coincidence…I just thought the animals were cute.

Any other parents out there feel like you’ve been dealt a tricky hand? How do you manage it?


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Dawn July 30, 2013 at 9:08 am

Poor guy! It’s an awful feeling as a mother to feel that helpless but showering him with lots of love will help. Unfortunately that’s all we can do sometimes.


Kristin @ A Mom on the Run July 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Oh gosh, you poor things!! Allergy rashes terrify me, especially when you have no clue what caused them! I hope he’s feeling better now and that you got to relax a bit!
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Rachel B @ Busy Mama Fitness July 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Oh noooooooooooooo!!!! Poor kiddo. That kind of stuff is so scary when you have no idea what’s going on or what’s causing it. I totally hear you on going into hyper mom freakout mode. I hope you do manage to find out what triggered it and that he’s better ASAP!
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Cori @ olivetorun July 28, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Oh wow, I am so sorry! I do not have children of my own but I’ve watched my sister go through medical scares with my nieces and nephews and I can only imagine how hard it is to watch your child go through something like this. Sending positive vibes!!
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Kim July 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Oh – I’m so sorry!! There is no worse feeling in the world than having a sick child – especially when you can’t figure out the reason for the problem and how to prevent it from happening again!!! I hope that your little one is back to 100% soon!
We are on vacation at the beach and our 12 year old got his first ever ear infection – no more beach or swimming for him – good that tomorrow is our last day I guess.
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Presley @ Run Pretty July 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I hope he feels better soon! Honestly, you probably handled it better than I would!
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char eats greens July 28, 2013 at 9:41 am

Sorry to hear that this happened and hopefully he gets better soon. I’m glad you got it out there how you feel because that’s super important. It is hard when you’re in a crappy situation to imagine how things could be differently. I definitely went through that when I first had my baby. I needed an emergency c-section and I definitely thought, “why me?!” I couldn’t get over it for a while after. Even now, I don’t ever want to have to go through that again!
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Katie @ running4cupcakes July 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

Oh Kim – I can’t imagine how frustrating and heart breaking this all is for you. I hope that you can find comfort in the fact that Mason is, other than his allergies, a healthy, happy, and much loved boy! And that’s the important part. Hang in there!!
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome July 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Oh no poor guy and poor you! I’m sure it was all much harder on you that it actually was on him. Especially since he got some fun new toys/books out of it :-)
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