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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Anaphylactic Shock?

Did I misspell that?

I let the kiddos out to play early Thursday morning...I had to get Lunch started and they were on my last nereve...at 10 am already! I was on the phone with my momma and I heard screaming! Brandon was screaming bloody murder, I said to my mom "oh the kids are fighting again" while rolling my eyes! I calmly walk out to the back yard.... I approched Brandon and I couldn't figure out why he was so frantic! Then he said "no" "FOOT"! I looked down and his left foot was COVERED in fire ants! I yelled "OH Sweet Jesus!" and my mom knew instantly, "ants? get him in the sink"!

For those of you who don't know... my childern they are allergic to every insect you can think of! Hillard has always run fever and swelled like a ballon with bites. Brandon, poor sweet Brandon is worse off then Hillard when it comes to fire ant bites...

I counted atleast 14 bites on the top of his left foot alone! I was tearing open the benadryl while calling the Doc.! I really thought the benadryl would stop any bad reactions... boy, was I in for a surprise!

Inconsolible cryng for over and hour, fever came , hives and a rash came, then his eyes lids started to swell! I freaked out! eyelids don't swell do they? The Doc. wanted to see him immediatley! Lucky for us my quick reaction of nearly overdosing my toddler with benadryl probably stopped his throat from swelling! So LUCKY!

To make a long story even longer ;) His foot and calf are twice the size they should be, and he can't put any weight on that leg without screeching in pain... so we have been carrying him everywhere this evening... He has had a second reaction already, hives,red spot rash, fever, more eyelid swelling, and did I mention that he keeps obssesively scratching his scalp? Thats a wierd symptom.....

we gave him a dose of steriods, and some perscription stregth benadryl (ana-something?) He is sleeping somewhat peacefully... I am guessing tomm. is going to be a tough day!

Knitting news! here are some pics of what I did last week.. Everyone is sleeping so I don't want to disturb thme by taking more up to date pics ;) So these will have to do! I will be done with the Leaf Lace Shawl by tomm. and The first sock is more that halfway done! I am so pleased with both of thes projects! They have been really fun! I will post the Leaf Lace FO on sunday, with some easter pics!


Anonymous caitlyn said...

Oh, Catherine!! I am so sorry to hear this. It must have been scary! I really hope that Brandon gets better soon. Hugs!!!

9:52 PM  
Blogger amylovie said...

Poor Brandon! I know you were scared to death.

Your projects are turning out beautifully. I hope you have time soon to bring them by the shop.


2:15 AM  
Anonymous Brynne said...

Oh poor Brandon! At least you thought fast enough to give him something that helped. I hope he gets well soon!

4:22 AM  
Blogger Mom (a.k.a. Mary Ann) said...

Golly, Catherine. How scary!
I'm glad things seem to be getting better.

5:15 AM  
Blogger Shez75 said...

Poor little guy! I sure hope he's feeling better today.

Your shawl and sock are beautiful! I haven't made that shawl yet, but, it's on my list. I'm doing my 3rd pair of socks and love the process. My feet will be so happy by the fall!

Have a great weekend and hope everyone is doing better.

Sheri in GA

5:25 AM  
Anonymous wendy g said...

I hope Brandon is better today. How scary for you.
Your shawl and socks are looking good.

5:34 AM  
Blogger trek said...

Anaphylactic shock is a scary thing - I once experienced it as an adult - I cannot imagine how terrified Brandon must have been. Poor little guy. Make sure he gets extra spoiled! :o)

6:25 AM  
Blogger Wool Winder said...

Glad to hear that Brandon is okay. That was scary!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Poor Brandon! Fire ant bites are horrible but a whole foot load plus being allergic!

Good call on the benedryl.

Dang, you finished your shawl alread?? I am not even close!

7:58 AM  
Blogger RunsWithTrowels said...

scary stuff! i hope brandon's up & running soon.
if it bites, i am allergic to it as well... an epi-pen is my best friend.
way to go on the semi-od call. :-)

8:56 AM  
Blogger Sorka said...

ack! Yep.. the standard reaction around here to any stings is a healthy dose of benadryl.Thanks for reminding me.. I need to bug my hubby into getting his Epi-pen prescription refilled..
annoying.. but nessesary!

9:05 AM  
Blogger amandamonkey said...

How's he doing today?

11:48 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Oh my goodness! You must have been terrified...as probably Brandon! I do hope things are better for him and the swelling and stuff go down quickly. I will pray for him.

Your knitting is looking simply beautiful!

6:04 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Oh my goodness!! You must have been so terrified!! And poor Brandon... I'm hoping and praying that he's on the road to recovery and that he's feeling much better today. What a scary experience- hugs to you, Catherine! Your projects are coming along beautifully- I can't wait to see your finished lace leaf shawl!! Take care and have a wonderful Easter! :-)

11:10 PM  
Blogger bethanie said...

Holy cow! Poor little boy! Keep us updated.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Emma said...

That ant episode sounds horrible. Ants must be a big problem right now--we recently had a swarm of them ourselves...in our bedroom. Yuck. Luckily not fire ants though. The poor kid.

Your projects are looking beautiful.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Nyxxie said...

Aww I am so sorry! I sure hope he is doing better by now and you have gotten some rest! Poor Brandon!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Patty said...

(((Brandon)))...hope your feeling better soon...

12:38 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

How scary! I hate ants, he must have been terrified! My dog got stung by a bee somewhere on her face a while back and her face and eyes swelled up, it was so scary and that was just my dog, you must have been so scared! It sounds like you handled it very well though. I hope he's feeling better.

4:57 PM  

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