Sunday, 23 November 2014

The weekend, and a trip to the ER

What a weekend. On Friday afternoon, we had some brand new friends with a little girl Cohen's age over for coffee. In a super small town like ours, it is such a treat for a new couple to move into town. They actually recognized Cohen at the grocery store from looking at my blog before they moved here. So weird, and so cool. 

We had a nice visit, though Cohen started to rub his eyes a lot as soon as he started eating a bit of the treat that our new friends had brought. It had peanut butter in it, which we have been giving Cohen in small amounts for the past few months. His eyes started to get puffy and red, so we gave him some benadryl. But, half an hour later when our friends were gone, he was covered head to toe in hives.

We rushed him to the ER, and they took us in immediately, just like last time. Cohen's hives were completely covering his body, and he was coughing and wheezing. Even his ears were bright red and swollen. This time was way worst than last time, and the nurses told us he wouldn't be leaving without an epipen. We actually had the same nurse as the first time we visited the ER for Cohen's sesame allergy. The doctor gave him some steroids like last time, and told us we needed to stay for 6-8 hours for observation. Jon ran home to get Ted, the iPad, some books, toys. Within a few hours, Cohen's hives were looking way less angry, and Cohen was hyper. He kept sliding down off the bed, waving goodbye to us, and racing out of the room to look around. Jon spent a lot of time chasing him around the hospital, visiting the elderly lady in the room beside us, pushing Cohen around in a wheelchair.

By the fourth hour at the ER, it was after 8 pm, and we were ready to leave. Cohen was so tired, but the ER is bright and noisy. There was no way he was going to sleep. We asked the doctor if we could leave. He told us to give him Zantac and benadryl, and keep a close eye on him. We got home around 10 pm, and Cohen fell asleep really fast. We snuck in to check on him every half hour all night, and gave him his medications in the night. He's feeling way better now, and he now has an epipen. He was such a little trooper.

On Saturday we drove ten minutes to this new cafe in a church basement, called the Curtain Call Cafe. It was really cute.

They had books and games, so Cohen was loving it. And they had good strong coffee, so Jon and I were loving it. We had the eggs benedict on waffles, and it was awesome. 

Later we ordered chinese food and had friends over for supper. I kind of love having people over when no cooking is involved. Other things: Jon and I are addicted to Serial, like the rest of the world. I am totally team Adnan-is-innocent at this point. We did some Christmas shopping because if there is an old lady selling stuff she knitted, I am buying it. We face timed with family a lot, and played one of Cohen's fav new games: throw everything you can find into the garbage or laundry hamper.

After the whole ER trip/allergic reaction, Jon and talked a lot about how good we are together in tough situations. I think stressful times really remind me how lucky I am to have such a great life partner. And Jon and I feel so grateful that Cohen is generally a really healthy little guy. A nut allergy is nothing compared to what a lot of families we know have to deal with. Feeling pretty thankful these days.

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