If you saw my earlier post from this week, you know I had a lot planned. Lots of school work, lots of house work, lots of appointments and lots of kitchen work. What I hadn't planned on was Caedmon having an anaphylactic reaction Tuesday evening! We used the epi-pen, drove into town while giving him a breathing treatment and met the ambulance to complete the drive to the hospital.
When his oxygen level was revealed they stepped up the pace to a code three so we arrived at the hospital in style with lights, sirens and flying through the streets of Tupelo! We were blessed with wonderful care in the emergency room and Caedmon was quickly stablized and sleeping. We stayed for a few hours to make sure all was ok and were home in our own beds by 11 o'clock. Yesterday he was jumping on the trampoline.....steroids give him lots of energy!!
Unfortunately, this is something we are always watching for due to his severe allergies and asthma. Also unfortunately, he is not our first child to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance for the same problem. With six of our seven children having asthma and two of them with SEVERE food allergies days like Tuesday are always a possibility even with all the precautions we take. Thankfully, we carry Epi-pens everywhere we go these days. Using the Epi-pen bought us a little time on Tuesday night....time that very well could have proved life-saving.
We are so thankful for the medical advancements for asthma sufferers that have been made in my lifetime. My children don't have to suffer through long periods of wheezing as I did. We are thankful for well-trained medical personel who acted quickly and kindly in making sure Caedmon had everything he needed. It was amazing to us that the doctor thanked US for being kind, patient and well-informed about our child's condition. Makes us wonder what ER personnel have to deal with on a daily basis. Even in emergency situations it is important for us to let the love of Christ flow through us. Others are always watching and every situation is an opportunity to show God's grace.