Saturday turned out to be not such a crash hot day… though it really did rain in the morning, 5mms in the gauge which may not sound like a lot but it is a lot for us. So we literally stared the day off with a down pour and things just got crazier from there on….
The girls have ‘not been well’. I think that is the best way to describe just having general colds that in the true style of my children quickly shifted from harmless runny nose to full on chesty cough and wheeze. That is pretty much expected with the girls and a cold so I wasn’t too phased.. we just cancelled our plans for the end of the week and kept and eye out for things going downhill.
Zoe wasn’t too bad, but by Saturday Izzy was struggling a bit and I was umming and ahhing about whether we needed to trk off somewhere for a nebuliser session. She perked up after 2 hourly ventolin (but I guess that is enough to perk up anyone!) and an afternoon sleep and they were both desperate to go to Grandma Jill’s for dinner… we had a birthday present for their cousin and they wanted to do their ‘show’ for Grandma Jill. So I figured what the hell.. Grandma Jill’s is a heck of a lot closer to medical help than our house so we made plans to go.
We painted wrapping paper for the present and that is when the first true disaster struck… my camera is broken!!!!!!!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Actually it still takes photos but the screen doesn’t work – all I get when I turn it on is white… no menu, no images, just white! This is SO not good.. I need the screen to see if I have actually got the shot I intended (yes I know, I don’t know how I ever survived before digital!) and I suspect a screen may not be an easily fixable part. So don’t expect to see any photos on the blog for a while and if anyone knows of a place that might quote me to get it fixed please let me know!
So I was pretty peeved about that…. but the painting turned out ace and we finally were ready to go almost on time. I noticed as we got in the car some red blotches on Zoe’s neck but she’d just scoffed a peach and fruit juice often makes her skin go a bit red, and she wasn’t itching or complaining so didn’t think anything of it.
We made it to dinner almost on time… Izzy was not a happy chappy but she managed to keep up with her sister in scoffing down the roast lamb, pumpkin and potatoes. But when she decided Zoe could have her apple pie I knew she was probably not so hot. Her wheeze was getting worse and while she jumped in the bath I pretty much decided we’d call in at RCH on the way home, just in case she needed something more than a few puffs of ventolin.
So with my mind of taking one sick child to RCH emergency I hurried Zoe to get in the bath.. stripped off her top to discover she was COVERED from head to bum in huge red blotches. As soon as her clothes came off she noticed them and started itching like mad. I have never seen hives before but thankfully my MIL knew what they were so after a quick bath we packed them both off to RCH emergency.
When we got there Izzy was definitely the worse off of the two so we were lucky to be seen pretty quickly. But by the time we got settled and seen by a doctor Izzy had picked up a lot but they were pretty concerned about Zoe and her rash and he now worsening wheeze. So began four hours of ventolin for them both, prednisilone for Izzy and phenergan for Zoe.
The major concern was that we had no idea what caused Zoe’s reaction. She had not eaten anything different and we hadn’t even been outside because of the weather. That combined with the fact that it had obviously affected her breathing meant we stayed for them to monitor her and make sure it didn’t any worse. She bounced off the ceiling for a while on the phenergan but it did it’s job so by about 1:30am we had the all clear for both of them to come home.
SO after a looooong night it seems whatever is causing the hives in still in Zoe’s system, as when the phenergan wears off she comes out blotchy in a new spot. Both of them come and go with the asthma so they are still being pumped full of ventolin and they are both NARKY as hell. Thank goodness we eventually made it to Nanny and Bobo’s late yesterday so someone else could listen to the whining for a while. We have a GP appointment for later in the week and hopefully will get a referral for the allergy clinic and an appointment asap and get on top of these stupid allergies once and for all.
So yes.. it never rains till it pours at our house. I can never just have one baby sick at once… no I have to have all three of my most precious things go belly up on the same day!