Virginia - Cute belly and shirt.
Mary - Scary about Sean's reaction, glad he is ok. Maybe you can dial it back a dose and try to increase later if there are no more incidents. The doctor will know what is best.
Katie - Good luck with the job.
Worked today going to work tomorrow since I need something done before Friday, might take Friday off instead make it a long weekend.
Talked to the people that bought the house next door, they are renting it out which makes me sad, but they told me they are renting to a couple with a dog, no kids, no college students so that's a plus. They gave me their number so if there are any issues I can call.
Today is the 1 year anniversary of getting our youngest pet, Apollo, he's grown in to such a beautiful and wonderful dog.
I'm feeling unbelievably overwhelmed right now with all my health stuff, Sean's peanut stuff, preschool starting soon, wanting to move, etc. OMG. I really feel like I'm failing at life right now. I talked to the doctor last night about the incident with Sean. He says he's not 100% sure it was full-blown anaphylaxis. He said he will treat it as if it was, but without being able to see it, he just doesn't know. He said if it was, it's only his second case ever of anaphylaxis in this treatment. Maybe I panicked, I don't know. Part of me wonders if I should have just watched him for a bit. But I've also always been taught that if two body systems or more are involved, just use the epi. He was doing the weird throat-clearing cough thing and having stomach issues. So I don't second guess myself for using the epi one bit.. Better safe than sorry. But whether or not it would have continued to escalate or just petered out on its own, I guess we'll never know. The doctor said he would also have used the epi in my shoes, but if we were in the office setting, we could have been checking his vitals to see if his blood pressure was really dropping or not.
He did leave me with a bit of a feeling like we won't make it through this, though. He said the #1 reason people fail the treatment is if they develop stomach issues. Sean's presenting symptom on the first day was stomach stuff, then he has increased burping since this started, and now yesterday he was feeling miserable with stomach issues. :( I was really, really hoping we would sail through this treatment, but now I'm not sure sure. It sucks... At least if nothing else, it has been a lesson to us in just how severe his allergy is and how to handle it.
Amanda - Apollo is a beautiful dog! Hope your neighbors are nice
Mary - I'm sorry you have so much stress :( How is Sean feeling?
So that delayed flight became a cancelled flight. I had told work I needed a day off for the boys/house work blah blah and I took a vacation day so really I could do whatever I wanted. I had not planned on two days and I had no excuse. Management doesn't get sick time at my company we just stay home, no big deal -- except that I didn't want to lie. I'm a wuss like that but it just feels wrong to me. So at 10pm at night I rented a car and drove 5 hours home from Philadelphia. I got to be at 3:30am and got up at 6 for work. Driving the Jersey Pike in the middle of the night is NOT my idea of fun. In a POS Fiat no less. I'm used to a nice heavy Highlander so a little bitty Fiat felt like a tin can. I wasn't impressed. So I was glad to get home safely. And the interview went well. And now I have to just wait. We are having a realtor come over to give us an idea of what we could expect for our house. Might as well get ahead of that, no harm.
so much moving! whew. I'm glad we at least won't have to sell when it comes time for us to pack up.
Mary - :bighug:
AFM: I might not be around much for the next week or two. DH is taking 2 weeks off work, just because he can. :D I have my next u/s on the 27th, so I'll be sure to update after that. And I'll have to do a bit of work on my computer to figure out all the crazy fall schedule stuff for the kids, so I'll pop in occasionally.
Katie - That sounds like a disaster! Did you get a vibe from the interview, like if it went well or not?
Virginia - Ugh, I soooo wish we didn't have to bother selling this place. It's such a pain in the butt to even be thinking about it. And we have accumulated so much STUFF. OMG. We've thrown out/given away a LOT, and still just have so much freaking stuff. It's unbelievable.
AFM - I'm coming here to rant so that I don't go on facebook and passive-aggressively attack my uncle for being an idiot. He's an idiot, plain and simple. Always has been, always will be. But my mom was telling me that in a recent visit with him and her mom, he was complaining about his kids' camp not allowing them to bring any peanut products for the safety of the peanut-allergic kids. He was whining that everyone else was being "discriminated against" and all this. Thankfully, I rarely ever see him in person, or else I might squeeze his throat shut with my bare hands and stab him with a few epipens, just to make a point. (Yes, I'm THAT crazy "allergy mom" right now... Grrrrr).
Mary - your uncle better watch out ;) last I checked no one died from NOT eating pb...why do people get so stupid, yes you need to make a different lunch you will live...
The interview went really well. They told the recruiter everyone was impressed and she let me know. I met with 2 VPs 1 senior VP and the team who would report to me. The COO was the only one who wasn't available due to scheduling conflicts. They have 2 more people coming in but the recruiter told.me it went really well...so we will see. I won't hear officially for two weeks which is frustrating but fingers crossed!
Mary - I've always wondered how to best balance the peanut thing. Peanuts are my kids' favorite snack. I have no problem with them not taking them to school or whatever. There's actually a full "no nut products or anything which may have contacted nuts" ban at their preschool. We figured it out. But, when we go to playgrounds, we always end up bringing something with peanuts. I try to avoid contamination by having them sit off to the side while they eat and wiping their hands if they get messy. GL dealing with your uncle.
I mentioned to DH yesterday my plan to let Oliver start nursing again, if he asks, after the baby comes. DH wasn't thrilled with the idea. Oliver is such a mommy's boy and I think it would really help him with the jealousy and transition. I was kind of surprised by DH's reaction because he's always been really supportive of BFing. I guess he did kind of encourage the weaning after Oliver turned two. I still plan to do it anyway.
It's one of those things where I know people in the world won't care if my son eats a peanut and dies. It's really a depressing thought to me, but that's just the way some people are, and I get that. But it's family, you know? He knows all too well that my son has the allergy and I post stuff on facebook that I feel conveys the severity of it to people who may not be aware or understand. So it was really offensive to me that he says he feels discriminated against because his child can't eat PB&J for one week. What about children with food allergies who literally are not allowed to participate in field trips or birthday parties at school... Grr. I think I'm extra sensitive at the moment because I just shot my child with two epipens on Wednesday and because he's about to go to preschool and I'm terrified.
Virginia - Good luck with the maybe tandem nursing!!
Katie - Can't wait to hear about the job. Where is it located again?
I think your feelings make sense Mary. And I just don't get the poor me I can't send my kid with PB&J. I'm kind of like Virginia we go out of the house with PB b/c my kids eat it non stop but not being able to have it at daycare or school or summer camp to protect other kids and make things more inclusive I'm totally fine with that. And I try to be aware and not eat it too close to unknown kiddos.
The job is in North Carolina. I have so little experience with the south it makes me a little nervous. I have these (likely irrational) fears of god in schools and lessons on the Civil War being a fight for state's rights (that last one stems from a trip to New Orleans I took in college and we went sight seeing and one of the places had one of those pre recorded histories and that was actually how it described the Civil War -- NO mention of slavery...). I figure if I have to we'll find a good completely secular private school. I'm an atheist and I have no issue with teaching about religion but any form of group prayers in school will flip me out. Hopefully I'm just being stereotypical though :) We'd be moving to a fairly urban area so I'm probably just being a jerky New Yorker :)
:ROFL: I could have written that post, Katie. I'm no too worried because we'd be headed to the DC area which isn't really "south". It's funny, actually. I consider myself a complete New Englander (can even trace ancestors back to the Mayflower) but was actually born down in in the DC area. Hah. I haven't lived out of New England since I was 3, though. I'm kind of nervous about it. I bet you'd be find in a pretty urban area. Hopefully you can avoid expensive private schools!
Mary - the preschool my kids attend is really, really careful with food. They have lists in each room of what each kid is allowed to eat (some allergies, some vegetarians/vegans). They have epi pens. Anything baked from home has to be labeled with the contents and that it contains no nuts or they will send it home unopened and uneaten. I hope Sean's preschool is just as careful so you can relax.