Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Bennett is doing better today. We had to go in to his doctor for a follow up appointment. He was itching a lot, and coughing a bit this morning, but his hives were nearly gone. His doctor was concerned with the quickness and severity of the reaction and she wanted his lungs and throat rechecked.
We had to see a different doctor than we usually do because it was a busy day at the clinic. That doctor told me I could take Bennett off the steroids (yay!). She gave him a dose of Bendaryl, called in a prescription for an epi pen, and sent us on our way.
I have to watch Bennett closely until we reach 24 hours from first reaction, but the doctor thinks his immune system is calming down and won't amp up again. We are to carry Benadryl and an epi pen with us at all times from here on out just in case.
I can do just in case.
I excel at being prepared.
Last night in the emergency room the doctor's eyebrows rose when I pulled out Bennett's vaccination record when asked if he had been vaccinated.
And this morning when the nurse asked what happened at the ER I read her the procedures, type of steroid, dose, and time of dose from the hospital discharge papers. Her response? "Wow, okay. Good job having all of the information with you."
So, I can make sure we have Benadryl and an epi pen with us at all times. I can be more cautious. I can commend myself for handling all of this in a fairly calm manner.
At least I know what to do if this happens again, but I really, really, really hope it doesn't.