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Since Tristan reacted positively to hazelnuts in a skin prick test and he’d developed a skin rash after eating almonds and walnuts, his allergist recommended he undergo an IgE blood test. We made an appointment at the children’s hospital, but of course still had to wait. Thankfully this place knows kids. They were playing a Disney movie on monitors around the waiting room. Makes waiting with kids a breeze – love that. However, waiting at the children’s hospital can be quite sad and at the same time offers a bit of a reality check. It’s really hard to see any child suffer. They are so innocent and I wish we could protect them from all the illnesses of the world. Most of the kids waiting to have their blood tested looked healthy, but there were a few with diabetes bracelets. I’m not sure if it was genetic or their diet that caused them to be dietetic, but I was really sad seeing those kids. Like children with food allergies, they’ll have to watch what they eat their entire lives as what they eat could kill them, but they also could have serious complications leading to transplant waitlists and so on. There was also a sweet, little baby girl, barely conscious and being pushed around by a nurse in her stroller. She hadn’t yet turned one and was hooked up to an oxygen mask. My heart went out to her parents. My sister was hospitalized for months in intensive care with a life threatening form of the croup. I can imagine what they went through after hearing my parent’s stories. Those of us dealing with asthma and food allergies have been in the emergency room, some more times than they can count. I cringe at the memories of seeing our little guy in the ER. They are just so young and so fragile in those moments. Dealing with eczema, allergies and asthma is hard and can certainly be life threatening, at least with the latter two. But, as parents dealing with these conditions we are prepared with our moisturizers, EpiPens, and inhalers. It makes us feel safe, although far from invincible. I am thankful that I am prepared and that the doctors have educated me and I have educated myself, over and over again on Tristan’s conditions.
Anyway, the whole hospital visit put our situation in perspective. Yes, I remember Tristan’s worst days and emergency room visits, but now he’s on the road to recovery and I am beyond grateful.
Perspective is a good thing.
(1/25/2012: Submitted to Allergy-Free Wednesday’s Blog Hop. Check it out!)