My Grateful Friday post is an easy one to write this week.
Yesterday we visited to Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. The Twinadoes had skin scratch tests done to find out what they are allergic to and how severely they react. The tests went well, they confirmed what we already suspected; that they are allergic to grasses and pollens, and cats. They also showed that they are allergic to a range of nuts. All of the results came back as quite severe reactions, that, combined with their history of asthma flare-ups and the fact that they really haven’t ever eaten a nut means that we are erring on the side of caution and assuming that the nut allergy could be severe and life threatening. So we are now a double epi pen family – or at least we will be after Easter when I can go down to the chemist and order them.
Now while this isn’t great news, it is not terrible news either. We don’t expect to ever have to use the epi-pens and thankfully their nut allergy is not severe enough to make me worry about the possibility of them ingesting even a minute trace of nuts. This is much more of a ‘better to be safe than sorry’ scenario and I am glad that we have had the chance to find out now and work through a plan of action with the specialists.
So what in all of that am I grateful for? Well that’s easy…
I am grateful for the fact that there is a specialist children’s hospital in Melbourne and that we are able to access expert medical care at little or no cost to us. This is not our first visit to RCH (we’ve been to the ER several times with allergic reactions and asthma attacks, as well as the dental clinic, ER and day stay surgery for when Zoe’s teeth were taken out. We’ve also visited for assessments as part of two research projects the girls are part of) and I’m pretty sure it won’t be our last visit either. I am thankful to know that when we them, the lovely Drs and Nurses and specialists will always be there to help.
A visit to RCH always reminds me to be grateful for my children’s health too. The problems that have taken us to hospital have been so minor in comparison with what so many children and their parents face there every day. We are lucky enough to all walk out of there together and I am thankful for that more than anything else.
What are you grateful for this week?
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