Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Another Scare

Never a dull moment in the Tumblin household. Last night my husband took the kids to the baseball field (as he often does) to watch their cousin practice. To make a long story short-after rolling in the grass and doing things that most boys do, he started to break out in a head-to-toe rash and complaining of a stomach ache and not feeling good. Uh oh!!!! Well Chad was very proactive and along with his mom, they brought him home, gave him benadryl and immediately bathed him to try to wash off whatever was all over him. By the time my husband called me ( I work nights) it had been about a little over an hour and he didn't seem like he was getting any better. So, I left work and Chad and Ty met me over at Greer Hospital-just in case. When Ty got out of the car, his face looked swollen and his rash was still very prominent. We kept asking him if he could breathe and with his reassurance, we watched him closely in the hospital waiting room. After about thirty more minutes, the swelling went down and Chad and I made the decision to go home and give him another half dose of benadryl and see if that does the trick. Because there was no trouble breathing, diarrhea or vomiting, we felt confident it was going to be ok. After the additional benadryl he immediately looked better.
Obviously Ty is fine and woke up this morning with beautiful, clear skin and no major repercussions. After speaking with the nurse-we have concluded that it was some kind of contact reaction. To the grass? Don't think so-he's been tested. My best guess is there was something in the grass-peanut shells, goldfish, cheetos-who knows? The thing about Ty is that you have to watch him like a hawk. If he is running towards a tree-you have to scan the tree and surrounding area before he gets there. If he is playing with kids-you gotta look them over and look for greasy shirts, cheesy hands, food on the mouth and decide if its a safe situation for Ty to be around. I know that sounds extreme-but it is necessary. Praise God it was not an anaphylactic reaction but it was a reaction and that's still scary. His little body is so sensitive to even the touch of food. So we are back to our reclusive stage where I'm scared to have him leave the house without me. Again-he does not have to ingest it to have a reaction-the mere touch can interrupt our daily lives with the potential for a severe reaction. All I can say right now is food allergies SUCK!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Good Things Happening!!!

First of all-I must start by thanking God for taking such good care of us. We have had 4 months now with no hospital visits for Ty. Whoop whoop!!! And now that all of the medical bills have rolled in and we were granted a hardship through the hospital, we will begin to pay those off. And Romano's Macaroni Grill has been very cooperative with us and we have reached a more-than-fair settlement that when all is said and done-we should break even!!!! That means Greenville Memorial Hospital no longer owns me :) j/k. I guess I won't need to start scrubbing toilets there after all. Praise God!!!! Ty is doing really well right now. His allergies are under control and things seem to be quiet right now... knock on wood.

And on another note, Tanner's occupational therapy is going great! The last couple of days have been amazing!!! He has not only eaten three meals a day-he is snacking also!!!! And the past two nights he has slept through the night-Praise God (knock on wood-again). God has really been answering our prayers lately and we are so grateful. There is no greater feeling than looking at your family and knowing they are healthy and enjoying a good meal!!! Bon Appetite!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Today is such a special day for so many of us women-its Mother's Day. And with that comes great pride in the families God has blessed us with. Chad and I were talking today and as we were driving home (6:00pm) from Chester, and I was frustrated that we couldn't just grab some fast food or a pizza for a quick fix dinner. But Chad brought up a great point-he said "wouldn't you give up anything in this world for those sweet boys?" And without a single doubt I said "of course!" That is when I realized that giving up food for Ty's food allergies was the LEAST I could do. I would do anything for those boys and being a mother is a lot of things: exhausting, scary, frustrating at times, fun, hilarious,and rewarding but most importantly it is ALWAYS WORTH IT!!!

Lately things have been pretty quiet, however the last couple of days have been exciting. Emily Allen, a writer for Greenville Allergies & Parenting Examiner has written a special "Mother's Day" article on our family. She is not only an amazing writer, but she shares the same passion-educating others about food allergies. In the article she speaks of our trials and tribulations dealing with this issue. I'm so flattered she did this and so appreciative of all she is continuing to do to help spread the word. Please check out not only our article but subscribe as well (its free) and you will see why I think so highly of her.

The other morning was kind of rough because Ty woke up crying about his dream that his cousin took his ice cream away and he was upset because he didn't want to be "allerskic" anymore. He said "mommy, I'm tired of being allerskic." As my eyes filled up with tears, I calmly said "don't worry Ty, its not for much longer." Later that day I boo hooed because up until now, he has never cared and he almost felt special because of his food allergies and now he notices that he is different and missing out. That upsets me the most. I just don't ever want him to feel isolated. So until we outgrow this, my new mission is to make him feel like he is just like the rest of the world. Before I concentrated on making him feel special and although I will still strive for that-as far as food goes, I want him to feel "normal."

Now that my family is complete, Ty and Tanner have made this the best mother's day of all. No matter what is included, I am their mom and for that I am so grateful!!!