Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Peanut Butter Panic



I've never been angrier at a food.

We had an interesting Wednesday. And no, this time interesting is no good. Long story short: no peanuts for Owen. For inquiring minds, here's the long version:

When I picked Owen up from daycare, something was off. He was crying and it looked as though he had eaten a red Popsicle. I asked and his sitter said the last thing he had was a delicious snack of bananas and peanut butter.

Seemed like the perfect treat for a one-year-old. Heck, it's one of my own favorite combos. Then I thought about it. And I figured it out not a mile down the road. Baby O has discovered something new. A peanut allergy.

Oh no.

I rushed him to my mom to make sure she saw what I did and she contacted her pediatrician neighbor right away. Thankfully, his office let us in. Owen was worsening by the minute. Hives spread fast across his face and encompassed every inch of his sweet body. His back was a mass of welts with no space between.

He was miserable, itching like crazy and begging for relief through whimpers and cries. Eventually he got a shot of epinephrine and a dose of Benadryl. Hours later the hives started to calm and I exhaled. He's still strawberry red and puffy, but his happy demeanor has returned.

As for mama, I've got a brand new baby epi-pen and an unsettling fear of peanuts. This shook me hard, but I thank God Owen is okay. We were blessed to see a doctor immediately and that his reaction wasn't as bad as it could've been.

Note to anyone who has anything to do with Owen henceforth: HE IS ALLERGIC TO PEANUTS. If I leave him alone with you, make sure I give you his epi-pen. We do not want to see this again:

This time, I sincerely hope your day was better than mine. Pray that Owen makes a 100% comeback as quickly as possible.

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