Recently I wrote about C.J.’s eczema.
What I didn’t mention was that he has food allergies also, which is probably part of that atopy triad (asthma, allergies, eczema) but I’m no doctor, so I’m just guessing.
It started with bananas. He ate some at school for the first time and the left side of his face got swollen, got bumpy and itchy. I called the doctor and she said to take it away and try again later. So two weeks later, I tried it again at home and he got hives on his arms and legs.
Okay. Allergic to bananas.
No big deal, right? It’s bananas.
Cept if you use store bought pureed food, you know that bananas are in damn near every food mix. Why is that?
Fast forward to about two weeks ago.
So many of my eFriends have been encouraging me to try C.J. on “real” food as opposed to purees. So I cut up some strawberries and gave him some to try. And he went to TOWN on it. I thought “great,” he likes em. He started coughing and gagging, making these strange noises like he was gasping for air. I couldn’t quite figure it out. I called the doctor and she gave me some things to look for in the coming hour. These things would truly pinpoint whether or not it was an allergy. About 30-40 minutes later I noticed that his lips were swollen.
Administer Benadryl stat.
On Sunday we gave him a Gerber Yogurt Melt. They come in three flavors at my local store- mixed berry, strawberry and peach. I went straight for the peach because of his strawberry allergy. He has had peaches so I figured that was okay. He ate one and as soon as he was done, there was excessive gagging, coughing, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and raspy/wheezy breathing. We gave him Benadryl right away and then we waited and watched.
I wasn’t quite sure what could have caused that. Was it the peaches? Was it something in the peach melts?
Today, I gave him a Gerber Yogurt Blend for crawlers… I didn’t even think that this would be an issue. WHY didn’t I put two and two together from the Yogurt Melts from Sunday?
I figured it was blueberry-flavored and he eats raw blueberries all of the time with no issues.
Three spoonfuls of yogurt later and he starts rubbing his eyes. I blinked my eyes and his face blew up like a balloon.
Then there was coughing.
And there was gagging.
And there was wheezing.
And call the doctor.
She advised me to monitor his breathing to make sure his airways didn’t start to close up.
And I asked for the name of an allergy specialist.
She prescribed an Epi Pen out of concern for how quickly and how severe the reaction came/was.
I put the phone down and cried.
I’m not sure if anything is more scary than watching your child gag and wheeze and gasp for air as his throat decides whether or not it should completely close or partially.
I put my 22 pound, 7 month old baby on my chest as he tried his best to stay awake through the sleep-inducing dose of Benadryl he got.
I listened to him breathe.
I thanked God for him over & over.
I wondered how I was chosen to be in charge of two little lives.
I wondered why no one mentioned how scary being a mom can be.
I listened to his breaths and rocked him to sleep.
Thank you, Jesus he didn’t go into full anaphylactic shock.
Just thank you.