I can’t find where or if I ever wrote about Nora’s incident with a hornet last September. At least I think it was September.
Nora, Lorelei and I went for a walk before Jason got home from work one afternoon. Nora ran ahead for some reason on our way back to the house and cut through our front yard. She screamed (not an unusual occurrence), so I assumed she tripped or something, but she was actually stung by a bee. I didn’t think anything of it. I put the green stuff on it that we always use for stings and let her freak like she does (drama is this girl’s middle name), but it didn’t get any better. It actually got worse! Her whole entire body turned bright red except for her face which became swollen and white especially around her lips, so we hopped in the car and went straight to the ER. This was all within a few minutes. Her reaction was quick and severe. At the hospital they got some info and then quickly set her up with benadryl and gave her a shot of epinephrine. They gave her a prescription for an epi-pen and diagnosed her with an allergy to bees.
We followed up with her doctor who explained a little more to us and gave us a prescription for more epi-pens for the house, the vehicles, her school and then made an appointment with the allergist. I didn’t understand how she could just all of a sudden be allergic to bees. SHe had been stung by a small bee a couple of weeks prior and not had any reaction. It was determined that she was probably stung by a hornet, which is more aggressive than a regular bee and basically that’s what happens. I was also told by the allergist (and her pediatrician) that each reaction would be quicker and more severe. That scared me because it was really bad the first time. The next step would be to get a skin test to determine which type of venomous insects she is allergic to and how severe, which would take at least two hours and would be unpleasant. I would need to be able to focus completely on Nora, which means finding a sitter for Lorelei.
I guess Fall turned to Winter, the bees hunkered down, I got sick during the first trimester of this pregnancy and it turned out to be extremely difficult to find someone to watch Lorelei during the day for a few hours, so here it is April and the bees are back…with a vengeance. Now that Lorelei is in preschool I can make an appointment for Nora. It turned out to be extremely difficult because the one allergy place here is only open on Mondays and Thursdays. Monday morning was the only option, but the allergist we saw doesn’t come to Franklin on Mondays and they didn’t have any appointments until mid May with any other doctors. I offered to drive to Asheville, so the receptionist got us an appointment on April 29th with a different doctor because the one we saw the first time doesn’t go to Asheville, but supposedly they are all wonderful doctors according to the receptionist. Sigh. I wasn’t particularly attached to the first doctor, so whatever. The appointment is at 815a which means leaving the house by 645a, but being able to return by 12p to pick up Lorelei from preschool (fingers crossed).
I looked up skin test images on the internet and let’s just say it didn’t get me excited about the appointment. I’m not sure how much to tell her about what’s going to happen at the office besides telling her she won’t be getting a shot. She doesn’t like shots. I read some places that kids aren’t really bothered by the testing. You pretty much hang out after being poked, so I really hope that’s the case. I guess we’ll find out in a couple of weeks.