After blogging on Monday that I was actually looking forward to the girls going back to school and preschool, here is how the first day went.
By midday I was called by the preschool to say that Audrey had broken out in a rash. I arrived to find her covered in some kind of allergic looking skin rash. It was all over her face, stomach, back, arms and legs. And she was ITCHY. I took her home and called our GP to see what I should do.
While I was waiting for the doctor to call back, I received a call from the school to say that Emma had fallen over and split her chin and could I come and get her. The school secretary's actual words were "This is not the phone call you want to be getting from the school". With an opening line like that I was imagining the worst (obviously she doesn't live in disability land where when you say something like that you mean something truely awful has happened). Once I heard it was just a split chin I wasn't so worried.
At least that made the decision about what to do with Audrey's hives a little easier. I picked Emma up from school, and took her and Audrey to get Ashlea (who was still blissfully at preschool). Once our lovely SN teacher heard what was going on she insisted on coming to the ED with us. I don't think she could quite believe that I was planning on taking all 3 kids alone - and when she asked why I was hesitant to let her come and I admitted it was because I was bad at asking for help, the deal was done.
Off to the ED we went, with the lovely Mrs Cook in tow. She stayed the entire time - which was very helpful as Ashlea kept freaking out even though she wasn't getting any treatment herself (bad past experiences you think???).
Audrey was given anti-histamines and her rash settled. We have no idea what set it off. The last thing she ate was strawberries - I hope she hasn't developed an allergy to them as they are her FAVOURITE food.
Emma had her injury cleaned and glued. She was very brave (I was actually a little surprised). I expected her to freak out a lot more as she has never had any kind of medical procedure. Ever.
So now not only is my goal of no ED visits for 2010 gone (actually that went in January), but now all 3 of my children have had a trip to the ED. Kind of funny because I don't think my sister and I ever went when growing up. Not once. Nice to see we're mixing things up a bit.
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