Friday, April 17, 2009

Environmental allergy takes a very scary turn.

Remember that photo I showed you all, of my little girl having an environmental allergy reaction? Hard to believe, but it got worse. If you missed it, you can see it here.

Last night around 10:30, I heard her rustling around in bed. She had been complaining her leg hurt, before she went to bed, so I ran in to check on her. She started thrashing about and crying. I tried to talk to her, but she could not get a word out. Her eyes looked delirious.

Then she finally started to say Mommy, and what followed was a horrible gasp for air. Her voice was very deep. My husband had already made his way to the room. I did not know if she had worked herself up, because she was in pain, or what was really going on. That gravel, and gasp for air, sounded very similar to my little man, when he gets that cough, yet she had no cough following the gasps. I opened the door for the cold air, and had my husband get her rescue inhaler.

She seemed to calm down a little, but was still somewhat struggling for air. We are very close to the hospital, and I just felt that she needed to go. She was not making sense and was not recovering as well as we thought she should. We wrestled with 911 and driving. My husband put her in the car, and said go. In hindsight, I would have made a different decision.

The ER took us right away, it did not take her long to become stable again. The interesting thing was, it was not until after we got to the hospital, that she broke out in a rash and hives.

The doctor kept asking us about food allergies, and if she had eaten something new. I assured him no, but that we had been outside all day long. He believes she probably went to bed with one of her allergens still present and awoke in an attack.

This was a very scary wake up call for us. We have a follow-up appointment on Tuesday, to figure out what all this means for our sweet little girl.

I will keep you all posted.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear you're having a rough week. you're in my prayers and let me know if you need anything!

    love you,

  2. Oh my guys are in my prayers and hopefully the nice doctor will be able to figure out the allergies, food or EA's!

  3. Oh boy, I remember this too well. My oldest went through something similar. Now we always make sure he changes clothes outside his room and takes a shower before bedtime when it's allergy season. I hope she feels better soon.

  4. This is the third incident of environmental allergy attacks I've heard about over the past week. Very scary, indeed! I'm glad she's okay.

  5. Prayers and many prayers. Please keep us updated.

  6. How awful and scary for everyone! Praying for you!

  7. I'm so sorry to hear you're having a rough week. you're in my prayers .
    good luck.

  8. Oh my gosh! That is SO scary. I am so glad she is ok and was seen quickly!

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  10. Elaine, we've had many outdoor allergy issues this year with my youngest for the first time ever and my oldest had some serious breathing problems that are now resolved. I'm so sorry to hear of your ER visit and hope you get some resolution soon. How horrible! But you acted quickly and got her the help she needed.

    Another person suggested nightly showers and clothes changing after playing outdoors--good advice! Exactly what our dr. told us.

    Good luck and keep us posted!