Friday, August 22, 2008

A Trip to the E.R.

Everything is fine. Now.

Elli woke up this morning with a huge, inflamed rash covering half of her face. I gave her some benadryl and applied some hydrocortizone cream and watched her. By afternoon, the angry redness was starting to die down. By dinner, her color had returned to normal and she was left with what looked like a few bug bites, little red dots on that cheek. We were relieved.

Half an hour after dinner, however, she came to me complaining of itchy arms and legs. The rash had returned with a vengeance, but this time covered most of her face and the back of her neck, both arms--shoulder to wrist, both legs, belly and back. It was a crazy severe breakout of hives, and it was spreading like wildfire.

Within another ten minutes, one eyelid was looking a little puffy, and we decided to take her in to the hospital in Missoula. Once there, they took one look at her and placed her in priority position number one, ahead of everyone else who'd been waiting. The poor thing looked pretty bad, even though she felt fine--just a little itchy.

The doc asked a million questions and was still unsure of what the cause might have been, but was confident that it was a severe allergic reaction to something, and severe allergic reactions are treatable: A prescription for some oral steroids was called in; a private tour of the CareFlight helicopter was arranged; an ice cream cone was purchased. All better.

It's 11:30 PM now and she is happily organizing a deck of cards here at home. She is looking much better now that her medicine and the next dose of benadryl are kicking in. The steroids are expected to make her a little jittery and irritable. The benadryl makes her relaxed and cuddly. We'll see which one wins out.

The excitement around here just never ends.

2 comments:

Mister Ed T said...

Glad she's "all better" well almost!

alison said...

Oh Elli G, I'm hope you are all better today.

Sherry, sorry for the hospital trip, never fun at the best of times, and when you're catching up...