For Crying Out Loud

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.

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4 thoughts on “For Crying Out Loud

  1. Oh, Josh, I am sorry to hear this! Having been to an ER and given epi, my heart goes out to all of you! The “day after” and subsequent “days after” can be very difficult. It sounds like your whole family has Charlie’s back and, at the end of the day, that will help him get through this! I hope you and your wife are able to sleep well tonight!

  2. I really feel for you guys, and so sorry that you had to go through this again. I’ve read your latest blog posts but I can’t remember exactly which allergies he has now. Did you guys figure out what it was last night? Milk protein in the chicken or something like that?

    • Charlie is allergic to egg, dairy, peanuts and tree nuts. We haven’t figured out what triggered it last night, though. It might have been cross-contamination in the chicken nuggets, but who knows? Frustrating not being able to pinpoint it.

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