Charlie had a severe reaction at dinner last night. His face started looking like ground beef, distinct hives popped up all over his body simultaneously, and he started to cough. We used the EpiPen and then drove him to the ER, where they kept him for a long time before sending us off with the usual steroid.
Like last time, we don’t know what caused the reaction. We don’t keep any foods in the house that he’s allergic too, and all of the things he ate for dinner were seemingly safe. The peaches and veggies he eats all the time. The chicken nuggets are processed, but he’s eaten nuggets from that bag before. I know that doesn’t rule out cross-contamination, but still, geez.
As usual, the day after an anaphylaxis incident is tough on the whole family. Charlie is wild and disobedient. MK and I are exhausted from both the emotional drain and the lack of sleep that comes with getting up all night to check on him – not to mention the time spent analyzing what went wrong, and worrying.
The last reaction needing the EpiPen was in late April. We almost made it 4 months. Sigh.