Things i learned in the last 24 hours...
1. jackson is VERY allergic to eggs. like, stop breathing and turn blue kind of allergic.
2. if you call 911 and tell them your baby isn't breathing, the entire moraga fire department will show up at your house in about 4 minutes.
3. epinephrine is amazing. and apparently very expensive.
4. chubby baby arms make it impossible to find a vein for an IV.
5. there's nothing like a 24 hour stay in a children's hospital to make you realize how incredibly lucky we are to have two very healthy children.
So now, the real story with a few iphone pics to go along with it (since grabbing my real camera was pretty much the last thing on my mind)... in fact we were in such a hurry (obviously) we forgot the diaper bag, my wallet, my phone, and I rolled out in what was meant to be my PJs to the hospital... these are courtesy of Mark's phone.
Mark brought him in to Riley's room about 5 minutes later to show me he woke up crying, and now had hives all over his face. I continued to put Riley to bed and Mark was going to keep Jack up so he could watch him. he's gotten hives before, but that's as far as his allergic reactions (to unknown things) had progressed. After I got Riley to sleep, I came down to see Jackson's hives had spread to his legs and his face looked much worse and he was itching like crazy. I called urgent care, who said they couldn't take us, then called my mom to come watch Ri so we could take Jack to the ER. My mom came home and as we were getting all packed up to go, Jackson vomited ALL over me. Twice. He was covered in hives, and then he started to get all calm, and his breathing slowed and slowed and slowed, until he wasn't breathing and his lips turned blue and he looked like he was just falling asleep, but he wasn't breathing.
I told my mom to call an ambulance, and I ran him outside into the cold air hoping it would wake him up a bit. He opened his eyes really wide, but was still extremely lethargic, and kept closing his eyes and stopped breathing. I had to keep saying his name and trying to keep him alert, and it seemed like forever but it was probably only 4 minutes before the ambulance and firetruck arrived. When they got to our house Jack had regained color, but was still very lethargic and covered in hives. This earned us an ambulance ride to children's hospital, obviously.