As a parent, having a sick child is horrible – especially because you want to “fix” things but often can’t. As a parent, taking your child to the ER because of a possible life threatening situation is probably the worst.
Yesterday, Minhee and I experienced one of the scariest days of our lives.
Our 11 year old daughter has some pretty bad food allergies since birth: eggs, shellfish, and all nuts. She’s “overcome” the egg allergies but she’ll likely need to deal with the others for the rest of her life.
Yesterday at church, she unknowingly had something that she thought was okay but may of had some walnuts.
And before you knew it, she started to get itchy, her upper lip had some slight swelling, rashes broke out everywhere on her body, and the thing that we dread the most: she started wheezing and subsequently, she had difficulties breathing normally.
We have carried around an EpiPen since she was couple years old and yesterday, had to use it for the very fist time. Administering the epipen on your child ( basically stabbing your own child) sucks pretty bad. We took her to the ER immediately afterwards to give her some additional medical care…
We’re thankful that she’s on the mend but certainly, one of the scariest days of our lives.
The past week or so has been intense but this really puts everything into perspective.
But seriously, what is up with all the food allergies. Minhee and I eat everything; absolutely no allergies at all. When our daughter was younger, we thought she’d be one of the few kids with food allergies and unfortunately, we were very wrong. It amazes me (in a bad way) how many of her friends are also allergic…to the point that there are actual nut-free sections in her school cafeterias.
Who amongst my blog readers have allergies? What are you allergic to? Advice?