The Week in Review

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Oh my. What a week. It started out strong, meaning I was productive, energetic, and on top of things. Then on Wednesday afternoon, my girl there had a fairly severe allergic reaction which involved a frenzied scramble through the house for Benadryl and eventually a few hours spent in the doctor’s office getting extra treatment.

All’s fine now. We’ve got our Auvi-Q (a talking epi-pen of sorts) and a referral to the allergist. But, it all stopped this mama in her tracks.

I am so thankful that it wasn’t worse, that I found some Benadryl, and that we have a plan to get a handle on further allergy diagnosis. But, ugh. That kind of blindsided me.

Everyone’s fine now. We’re celebrating the girls FIFTH birthday. How did that happen?! Remember this day? Wow. Rereading through the memories of her dacrocystocele gave me hives. Even with your sixth kid, motherhood is anxiety-producing. Let me tell ya.

Here’s to many more years of surviving minor medical emergencies….

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Coming next week:

  • a FREE printable meal plan for school lunches!
  • Booking It – Come share your latest reads
  • Why You Should Exercise
  • a Zone Defense check-in (see this month’s assignment)
  • How to Save Money on Homeschooling Supplies

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. Oh my, I’m so sorry to hear about her reaction!! My 2 year old is allergic to peanuts & cashews, so we have Benadryl & an epipen set with us at all times. It’s not a fun one, but it could be worse. What did your daughter have a reaction to? Allergic reactions are so frightening. I recently had to give my 1 year old peanut butter for the first time, which was scary, but it was so nice to know that while his big brother shares his clothes with him, he doesn’t share his food allergy. 🙂

  2. Oh Jessica, I am so sorry about the nut allergy! I would literally die if I couldn’t eat nuts.

    But I know how it feels, to watch your baby fall sick quickly. My son’s birthday was yesterday (he turned 6!!), and it was very bittersweet – he’ll be starting Kindergarten at our parish grade school on Wednesday. He’s done preschool for the last three years at the same school, so I’m confident he’ll transition well. But it was still bittersweet…we were literally celebrating the fact that he is alive. He was diagnosed on June 20th of this year as having Type 1 diabetes. Now, every year will literally be a celebration that he was able to live one more year. Yes, treatments have really come a long way, but they’re still no cure…and still no guarantee.

    You celebrate the heck out of FishGirl’s birthday tomorrow…you have good reason to! 🙂 Hang in there, Momma!

    • You would live without nuts; just like I know you’ll rock those adaptations you need to make for diabetes. It’s what mamas do when their kids health is at risk. Have a great kindergarten year!

      • You’re right. Nut allergies are just so, so scary. My mother in law was fine until about 56, then one day, she had a reaction at work. It was terrifying. I can’t imagine the way you felt after the fact and you’d had a chance to process. I’m just thankful they’re sending you to an allergist. My best friend is allergic to nuts – they warned her that avocados, bananas, and latex are all in the same family. 🙁 We’ll be praying for you!

    • Andrea, I’m very sorry to hear that your child was diagnosed with Type 1. My daughter was diagnosed almost 5 yrs ago when she was 6:( I remember that first year and how difficult it was, especially the “firsts”; first birthday, first holiday, etc. I’m a mentor for local newly diagnosed families, and one thing I always tell them is even though it’s not ever going to be easy having a child with Type 1, it does get easier. My daughter is now 11, and she doesn’t let having Type 1 slow her down one bit. Hang in there!

  3. Kathy in Illinois says:

    So glad that sweet little Fishchick5 is better now. What a scare for you. I hope that cute little girl has a happy 5th birthday! My birthday is Aug. 26 but I will be 62!!
    God bless, Kathy in Illinois

  4. The moments that stop a mama’s heart!

    I will say I now have liquid benadryl stashed EVERYWHERE and never go anyplace without it – love those dosers from benadryl for the car and purse etc too

    So thankful that she is fine – glad you have a plan in place – and still so scary!

    Heck I spent a month this summer dealing with a severe allergic reaction in the DOG – no clue still what it was from – but I was grateful I had benadryl on hand to pour down her throat before rushing to the vet emergency! Sheesh – if it weren’t for MY allergic girl I think I’d have lost my furry allergic girl – you never know when you’re going to need it!

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