Yesterday I took the kids to the doctor for physicals. Liam is still behind on his vaccines, so he was scheduled to get two, MMR and Varicella. The physicals went great, the kids thought the doctor was hilarious, and everyone cooperated. Liam of course screamed through the vaccines and had to be held down, but directly afterward he was appeased by a Spiderman sticker. Five minutes after the vaccines we had gathered our things and headed around to check out. As we were waiting to check out, Liam began to cough and sneeze uncontrollably. This went on for about two minutes, long enough for me to begin to get concerned and even consider the remote possibility of a reaction to the vaccine but not long enough for me to ask if the doctor could take a look at him. When he stopped sneezing and coughing he sat in the chair by the check-out desk, rubbing his eyes and generally looking miserable. I thought maybe he was suffering from seasonal allergies like me. We checked out, I strapped the kids in the car and we headed around the corner to Trader Joe’s.
When we got to Trader Joe’s I went to get Liam out of the car first. He was sitting very quietly in his seat. He had a weird, sort of absent look on his face and he didn’t acknowledge me or look at me when I opened the door and started to unbuckle him. After a second his eyes focused and he stared at me, then he began scratching and rubbing his right eye and right ear in agitation. I turned his head and saw that his ear had swollen up and was bright red. In the thirty seconds it took me to get my phone and the Epi-Pen out of the front seat his right eye had swollen up like Will Smith’s in Hitch.
|Bear in mind that this picture was taken over an hour after the first massive doses of Benadryl and steroids|
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