My son had an anaphylactic reaction to egg today. This was his second reaction, and the third anaphylactic reaction my children have had.
We are very diligent at reading labels, watching for cross contamination, and rarely go out to eat. His last reaction was ten years ago.
I've been questioned as to why I still carry Epi pens and Benadryl when we've gone so long without a reaction. After all Epi Pens only have a one year shelf life, are temperature sensitive, and bulky to carry.
My son had an in office oral challenge for his egg allergy when he was 8. He failed at 1/24th of a cooked egg. The test was stopped. We were told that it was important he eat a small amount of a baked good that contained egg regularly. That we were told is how the body builds resistance.
My son has eaten an occasional donut or two since then with no problem. It's been five years of this. Today we were traveling and picked up a dozen donuts since we left early and it's a rare treat.
My son had a donut. He took a little break, ate another. After another break went back for more. He ate half of it and said his belly hurt. I thought oh no, and gave him two Benadryl. We continued driving. He said his chest was tight. I handed hm his Ventolin, after all he has asthma. We continued driving on a toll road headed to a family celebration.
I hear a soft, scared voice, "Mom, my throat is closing." I tell my husband to pull over NOW. I grab my cell and call 911 as I'm locating the Epi Pens from my purse. My husband injects my son's outer thigh as I tell 911 what is going on and where we are.
I hand the phone to dh while I focused on keeping my son calm to slow the reaction. Meanwhile I keep looking at the clock thinking where the heck are the medics.
The highway authorities arrive, come over and tell us the ambulance is on the way. The police arrive. Still no medic. The fire trucks arrive. Where is a medic? Finally we hear the ambulance sirens. It took them 20 minutes to get to my son despite being five minutes outside of a major city. They gave him two more meds at the hospital.
We didn't have time to really think about things until he was discharged. It hit us, continuing to carry Benadryl and current Epi Pens likely saved his life.