Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quick Update

I know I've been away but, let me tell you, I have had one hell of a Christmas vacation. It started the week my kids got out of school. Here's how it went:

My son got sick. Sore throat, cold, sneezing...the whole bit. The my daughter started puking. The The Hubs was sniffling and sneezing. Did I mention this was two days before Christmas?

Thank God I stayed healthy, because I was able to better care for everyone else. Son felt better for a few days, and then got worse again. I broke down and took him to the doctor's fearing an ear infection. No ear infection but he tested positive for Strep throat on Christmas Eve.


The Hubs got better. The daughter got better. The son started taking antibiotics and was feeling better. We had a nice Christmas Day.

Then, on Monday night, I forgot to give my son his second dose of Omoxicillin. We went to bed. When he woke up on Tuesday morning, he was covered from head-to-toe in the worst hives I have ever seen. Turns out, he is severely allergic to Omoxicillin, but unfortunately, his body didn't react until we were five days into the medication. I am so thankful that I forgot that dose the night before, because it could have been much worse, methinks.

The poor kid has been totally miserable and scratchy for the past two days, and I have been teetering on insanity, trying to stay strong to show him it's going to be OK, but going psycho wife on The Hubs (screaming, crying, slobbering mess....yea). I've struggled with trying to be supermom, while watching my poor boy struggle with this's been difficult.

The hives, thank God, have finally started to subside this afternoon, and I feel like I can breathe again. And it's New Year's Eve tomorrow night? Yea, screw that holiday. I'm going to bed early! Maybe next year.

I just had to share my week. I swear this has been one of the toughest weeks I've endured as a mother, dealing with this allergic reaction and all the feelings that have come with it. And to be honest, I feel extremely lucky that this is ALL I've ever had to deal with, when so many other mothers out there must endure much more.

So I'm counting my blessings that I have two (almost) healthy children, a loving and faithful husband, and a relatively sane mind to carry into the New Year. I wish you the best in your 2011 adventures! More soon when my house has fully recovered.

Oh, and just to show you how bad the hives were, here are a few shots I took of my boy yesterday. Try not to cry (or throw up).


Shanna said...

NO WAY! That is AWFUL! He looks absolutely miserable. I would have been teetering on the edge of hysterical too. Glad things are starting to look up!!! Poor Kid! Poor Mom!!

Anonymous said...

First of all, your son must be asking himself which one of the gods did he insult, to receive such a wonderful(?) gift for Christmas! Your last picture of him is truly a Kodak moment! I evidently lucked out on the beloved Omoxicillin, as my problem with it is that it has no affect on me, healing or otherwise, when the doctor attempts to give it to me. So I guess I will not complain. Your dramatic displays to The Hubs, with the crying, screaming, slobbering, etc., makes me think it sure is a good thing had your custom-built chest to comfort him during these troubling times. I'm sure you now realize the definite wisdom of NOT having a large family, after experiencing the drama with just two kids! Be grateful your last name isn't Walton, LOL! May 2011 be more merciful and enjoyable on us all! TC Don

gayle said...

I feel so sorry for your son! I have had hives before and they are terrible. One of the worse times I can remember......I got in the bathtub and cried and cried!

Stephanie in Suburbia said...

Poor Little Guy! I so get what you mean about feeling slightly guilty for feeling bad or guilty. I get this a lot, esp b/c in general, Wee 'Burb is such an easy baby. But when things go off the track in any way, I internalize a lot and blame myself for not noticing sooner or for thinking she was just being a pain when she was sick, or sending her to daycare when I was fairly sure she was running a fever just so I could get some work done before the inevitable 10 a.m. call from the provider. It's a horrible balance to have to maintain, which is why we have husbands to hold our melty selves when we finally can't maintain it anymore. And blogs like yours!

Tasha said...

Hi Don and thanks for your comments! You'll have to forgive me for asking but, where did you come from? I don't have many "Ole" men readers looking for a blind sugar mama (that was funny, btw).

Goodnight, John Boy!

Monica said...

I'm so sorry that happened to him. My son had the exact same reaction and it was absolutely awful. Before he broke out in hives he kept telling me he was itching, but I didn't realize it was due to the antibiotics. I felt terrible. Hope everyone is better now and has had some rest.

Lizzie said...

YIKES! poor buddy!!! I am very allergic to Omoxicillin as well, same reaction. be careful, i am also allergic to the rest of the "cillin" family.

glad ya'll made it past Christmas. Happy 2011!!

Anonymous said...

God Bless you! What a journey{SHEW} Hope the little guy is better now:)

Crib said...

Happy New Year. I know inspite of all that happened last month you were still able to make your holidays happy. I myself is allergic in penicillin. This is my body's reaction when taking antibiotics with penicillin. Good thing that your son is better now.

God bless you.

Unknown said...

What happen with him??? and u just give amoxilin?? coz now i same like this but not much like him, just like red bumps, i not yet check to doctor coz i hav work and i just feel my bond at hand and my right feet sick, give me advice plezz, thanks friend and nice read ur blog.if u wanna early give me advice send to my email, thanks so much.

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