Monday, October 08, 2007

A first and hopefully a last

Last night we were in the emergency room from 7:00-12:15 with Lindy. We finally got her tucked in at about 12:30.


In my previous post, I mentioned that it seemed as if Lindy had an allergic reaction to the hay or something at the pumpkin patch. Well, yesterday morning when I woke her at 8:00 to get ready for church she was burning up and her eyes and face were swollen. She was blotchy and itchy elsewhere but with a dose of Tylenol and Benadryl, things seemed to get better. I felt certain that I'd be paying a visit to her pediatrician on Monday.

When she got up at 4:30 from her nap she was on fire and she looked like Will Smith in the scene from Hitch when he has an allergic reaction to shellfish. Her temp was 104.8 and she was COVERED with welts/hives. Her eyes were nearly swollen shut and her hands and fingers nearly doubled in size. I was scared because her temp was so high and she was so itchy and miserable. If you've had hives or an allergic reaction of some sort you know how it can make you a stark raving lunatic. It is terribly uncomfortable. I gave her Motrin, Benadryl, and called the Ask-a-Nurse. It took quite a while to get a return call but after her questions she recommended we "not delay until tomorrow" and head to the ER.



Blotchy but a bit better...

It was really amazing how quickly the Benadryl worked to clear things up. (None of these pictures were taken at her worst.) When the doctor finally saw Lindy she thought it was most likely a virus or an allergic reaction to something. However, to be on the safe side she wanted to check to ensure she didn't have an infection. That meant testing her urine. That meant inserting a catheter. My heart sunk...

Waiting to see the doctor...

Lindy was such a trooper. She HATES going to the doctor and has total white coat syndrome. However, in the scheme of things she did so well and was quite brave. She doesn't have an infection and will be on steroids for a few days as well as Benadryl and Motrin as needed.

Waiting for test results...

Our prayer is that this will pass quickly and that whatever it is will go away and never come back. At this time I am so thankful for the little bit of "momtuition" and "dadtuition" that kicked in. I will admit I have fear I'll be too easy going and that I won't know what to do if something is wrong or when to escalate the issue. That's a total pride issue. As I think about it, I guess it is never wrong to call for help, even if it means sometimes I may look like a nervous, over-cautious first-time mom. Please pray for Lindy's healing. Thank you.

13 comments:

MississippiZen said...

Oh my ... I will be praying for little Lindy. An allergic reaction is so scary and not knowing what caused it is even scarier!

Margie

T. said...

I'm so glad she's recovering. Logan had something similar this weekend, woke up Thurs a.m. with red welts all over her neck and back....which went from bad to unbelievable by Thurs afternoon. Friday a.m. she woke up with a fever and was COVERED in red spots. She did NOT have the swelled face and hands as you describe with Lindy....but then again Lindy had her early months in China (if I'm not mistaken) so the effect of exposure could be different based on that alone. I figure it was chicken pox or a rash.....

I'm so glad Lindy has you two as parents....Freaking out is normal....you are now totally a mother in that you can flip out and yet take control. Congrats.

Best wishes to the little patient.

myra said...

So scary and no fun for Lindy! And having suffered from hives before my heart totally goes out to her. They are horrible and make you miserable. We're praying for a speedy recovery for her and comfort for you and Don. Seeing your child in pain is the absolute worst.

Heather said...

Ohhhhh Lisa - I am so sorry you had to go through this!! Poor Lindy - poor Mommy and Daddy!

So glad she seems to be on the mend. So very scary...I told you that momtuition is a beautiful thing!

We will pray for a quick recovery and that noone else in the Osborn family comes down with the plague!

Sending huge hugs and lots of love
Heather

Jill said...

Poor thing! Watching your child suffer from something is never fun. Thank goodness for Ask-A-Nurse and Benadryl!! We will be praying that this passes quickly and that if it is an allergic reaction, that you find the source so that you can avoid it from now on.

ADELE said...

Oh my word! Poor sweet Lindy! I am so sorry she had to go through all of that. I know you had to be scared not knowing exactly what was going on. I will be praying that she will hurry and get better.
Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my blog. It means so much! Take care of that baby girl!:)

Jcbaron99 said...

Lisa,
Im so sorry you guys are going through this. It is so scary to go through an allergic reaction, and even more so when you don't know the source. I will pray for quick healing of Lindy and that it does not occur again.
Cristie

The Oswalds said...

Poor little thing! I am sorry you all had to go through that. I know I would have freaked out as a new mom. I am glad Lindy is feeling better and I will pray for complete healing for her.

Blessings,
Shauna

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

I'm praying for Lindy!

That had to be awful scary.

She is adorable!

Thanks for posting a comment on my blog (you lurker you) :)

Blessings,
Sue

Julie said...

What a scary thing for all of you! We will definitely keep Lindy in our prayers!

Sheri said...

We'll keep Lindy in our prayers for a quick recovery. Poor thing that she had to go through this. It sounds like she was quite the little trooper.

Kimber said...

Oh so scary. I am glad you took her in. My older son has anaphylactic allergies and you need to get them in quickly! She even looks cute when she is sick.

I hope Lindy feels better very quickly! I am praying.

Kim

Lori said...

Oh, I'm sorry for the big scare and awfully late night. I'm glad that she is doing better and I will pray for all of you!
She does look adorable sitting there waiting. :)