You Were Just Sleeping – Idiopathic Anaphylaxis.

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It was a night like any other, dinner, a little TV watching, then a story and bed. You were happy, smiling and full of kisses and cuddles when we said ‘night night, love you too the moon and back’ as we always do.

img_1948I came back downstairs and went about my evening as I always do, fetching myself some dinner and catching up on my soaps. At about 8.30pm I went upstairs to the toilet and heard something strange, a gurgling sound coming from your bedroom. A sound I’d never heard before, but I immediately panicked and ran into the room. You were completely still, your mouth bubbling, I tried to wake you and got little response. Your little body was covered head to toe in hives.

I ran as fast as my legs would take me back down the stair’s to fetch your adrenaline, by the time I’d made it back to you your face was blue and your hands cold, I’ve never felt fear quite like it.

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When I prepared your adrenaline, you muttered ‘don’t do it Mummy’, but I couldn’t not. You were so very poorly, so I injected your thigh despite your pleas, your breathing was slow, almost non existent, so I held your nose and performed mouth to mouth CPR until you gasped and opened your eyes. You immediately burst into tear’s, I scooped you up into my arm’s and held you closer than I ever have before.

It took several seconds for us both to calm, for me to reach for my phone and dial the numbers I’ve dialled one too many times already, 999. The lady on the end of the phone was amazing, she heard your cries and my desperation and got a paramedic to us as fast as she could.

img_1954The paramedic arrived, a jolly man who clearly had experience with children. He managed to engage you in conversation about your pet hamster in order to calm you so that he could take some observations. It was clear that we would be paying the local A&E another visit, so a land ambulance was called to take us there.

Before long, your body started to overcome the shock of what had happened, you started to become the Theo we know and love again, being silly and making us all laugh. But the fact of the matter was, something had occurred in your little body that had made you gravely ill. In the ambulance to the hospital you asked what seemed like thousands of questions about the noise’s and all the machinery. It was a short journey, of which you held my hand throughout.

You had everyone in stitches when you strolled into the emergency department wearing just a nappy, your shoes, and a sick bowl for a hat. Only you could pull that look off!

The hours seemed like an eternity, you were poked, tested and prodded and you had all the doctors and nurses under your spell – eventually walking away with not one, but two stickers!

It would seem what had happened was idiopathic anaphylaxis – you had been sleeping, not in contact with any known or possible allergens, simply resting cuddling your favourite teddy bear. The severe reaction that occurred whilst you slept had no known cause, that we know of yet, unfortunately idiopathic anaphylaxis can masquerade as numerous other health issues. I just hope and pray that we don’t have to go through what we did last night ever again.

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My precious baby boy, my brave, resilient little man.
I am so very proud of you and how well you cope, you are an inspiration to me and many others.

Love you too the moon and back.
Mummy xxx

 

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16 Comments

  1. Sharon Gatley 24th October 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Thats my brave little man!!!! Tho the outfit he sported….i.e The Votmit Bowl was first sported by myself as i recovered from the heart attack and then again as i first came out of the coma!!! Obviously my boy has style!!! Tho if he keeps scaring every bugger we wont be around to see it!!! Thank god hes ok tho i doubt you will move far from his bedroom tonight love xxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Sharon Gatley 24th October 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Thats my brave little man!!!! Tho the outfit he sported….i.e The Votmit Bowl was first sported by myself as i recovered from the heart attack and then again as i first came out of the coma!!! Obviously my boy has style!!! Tho if he keeps scaring every bugger we wont be around to see it!!! Thank god hes ok tho i doubt you will move far from his bedroom tonight love xxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. The Mum Reviews 24th October 2016 / 11:07 pm

    So sorry you went through something so horrendous. It sounds like a did such an amazing job looking after your little one and I hope you never have it happen again.

  4. Nyomi 24th October 2016 / 11:15 pm

    Oh crap. That’s terrifying! I had never heard of this. I’m so sorry you had to go through it. My son has a milk allergy and stuff like this is my worse nightmare!

  5. Romi 25th October 2016 / 2:56 am

    😱😱 OMG Im really crying! My two daughters have allergies too and I’m always scare something like this can happen to them one day! 😢😢😭😭 I hope your soon heal that allergies one day!

  6. Amber 25th October 2016 / 8:23 am

    Jesus. How do you sleep?! What an awful, terrifying thing to happen. I am so glad that he’s ok but I bet that this will haunt you for a long time.

    Take care of yourself. You must be utterly in shock. X

  7. Vicki 25th October 2016 / 3:39 pm

    What a terrifying experience. So glad your gorgeous little man is ok xx take care of yourself xx

  8. Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson 27th October 2016 / 3:54 am

    I can’t imagine going through what you described. Thank God you knew CPR as it sounds like you were responsible for keeping him alive.

    Thank you for spreading the word on your experience.
    #dreamteam

  9. Kellie - Hooray for Moms 27th October 2016 / 2:06 pm

    I can’t even imagine the fear you felt. My heart was breaking as I read it and tears were pooling in my eyes. I am SO happy he’s okay. You were quick to react, both with the adrenaline injection and CPR and were composed and calm – you should be incredibly proud of yourself as well as your strong little boy. So glad you’re all okay!
    #SharingtheBlogLove

  10. suz 27th October 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Oh, that is such a scary story. I am sooo glad he recovered. Allergies are so unpredicatable and can be so devastating. Your son was lucky to have you so well prepared. Well done, Mum.
    #SharingtheBlogLove

  11. Lizzie 28th October 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Oh my word, I feel scared just reading about this! You did so well to cope in such a stressful situation and your son is lucky he has such a fab mummy! And what a brave boy he is… My first little boy has a peanut allergy and a mild intolerance to egg and this is the stuff of my nightmares. Fingers crossed it never happens again xxx

  12. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 30th October 2016 / 12:44 pm

    What a horrible experience for you both to go through, I’m so pleased to hear he made such a quick recovery. It sounds like you were amazingly calm and level headed and knew just what to do (although I’m sure it didn’t feel like it at the time). He’s very lucky to have you as his mummy. And what a little comedian, charming everyone at the hospital! I really hope this was just a one-off for you and you never have to go through that again. Thank you for sharing this with us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  13. Laura - dear bear and beany 31st October 2016 / 6:44 am

    Oh my goodness how scary for you both. How thankful that you went upstairs at that moment. I’m not sure I would have been so calm in that situation. What a gorgeous boy you have and I hope he doesn’t have to experience that again. Thank you joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove X

  14. Bridie By The Sea 1st November 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Oh god, how frightening for you – glad everything is okay but just horrendous that you went through that. It’s so surprising reading about this, as I had no idea at all. A very interesting read, lots of love to your little one. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam xx

  15. Hayley Mclean 6th November 2016 / 1:28 am

    Oh my gosh how terrifying for you all 🙁 What a brave little man and thank goodness you heard him when you did. I hope you never have to go through that again. Thank you for joining us at #SundayBest, hope to see you again tomorrow x

  16. Sian QuiteFranklySheSaid 7th November 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Oh my goodness how scary! I didn’t know this could happen! I have anaphylaxis to nuts but had no idea it could also just happen like that. It sounds like you were so calm and collected though. Thanks for linking up to #SundayBest x

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