After the doctor

August 22, 2006

So, the advice nurse got back to me and said "We need to see him right away. Has he had any trouble breathing?"  That's when I started to really worry. But he came out of his room, pulled a monkey face, and said (with his usual jocularity) that he felt fine, except for his "buttcheek" lips (and Hitch-like ear). So we dressed and skee-daddled to the doc, who said it could be a bug bite, but it could also be a *drumroll please* food allergy.

#1- food allergy - nuts. He's been eating a lot of peanut butter toast and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches lately.
#2 - shrimp and shellfish. My boy had TWO dinners last night. Chicken and dumplings at home and then shrimp kabobs at a friends house.

When I was pregnant with him, shrimp was one of the things that I couldn't eat. Every time I did, I got sick. I stopped after the second time. And for a long time after, any more than two pieces would make me sick. We have finally reached the point where I can cook and eat shrimp stir-fry, but I don't make it all that often cuz … good shrimp is spendy. So, Josh gets lots of Benadryl, if that doesn't help he has an Rx for Prednisone (sp?) but to use with caution and as a last resort.

If it's a bug bite, the doc suggested stripping his bed (done!). But I think we need to vacuum the thing. And maybe bleach it just to be sure.

On a side note: Josh has named his guitar "Theodore". Not Teddy, Theodore. And he can almost play a song on it.

Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.
- Samuel Butler


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