June 01, 2010
And how was your weekend?
This is all thanks to a mosquito bite.
Ezra's always had fairly -- ahem -- DRAMATIC reactions to mosquitoes. He gets huge, hot, blistery red welts that take ages to heal. And of course, he's always been an absolute magnet for the little bloodsuckers.
(Noah, on the other hand, doesn't even ever appear to get bit in the first place, and gets only the faintest passing bump when he does.)
This year, though.
The mosquitoes started biting just a few days ago. I've gotten a good half dozen already, and Noah actually complained of itching for the first time in his life. Ezra got one on his calf, and it swelled up so much you could see the difference in his leg size from across the room before it blistered and scabbed over. So I knew we were in for it when we spotted the bite on his cheek Sunday night.
Kind of. Little did I know. Yesterday he mostly looked like he'd suffered a little fall into a table's edge -- a big oversized patch of red to match his bitchin' forehead scars. But as the day went on he got increasingly...puffy. We dosed him with some Benadryl and hydrocortisone cream before his nap...and when it was time to wake him up it was something like GAAAAAAHHHHH WHAT HAPPENED TO MAH BABY.
Whole side of his face. Burning hot and hard to the touch. Eye swelled completely shut. Trouble chewing and swallowing. ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS. ALL WE WANT IS ONE NICE GODDAMN BARBEQUE WITHOUT DRAMA OF OBSCURE MEDICAL ORIGINS.
(As did, I am sure, our pediatrician, who probably loved getting her own day off interrupted by a description of a mutant mosquito bite.) (FROM SPACE!)
So. Yeah. This was all very fun. "Skeeter Syndrome" sounds like made-up hillbilly talk but is like, an actual thing that you can have. Because everything is a thing! Round-the-clock Benadryl is helping (these photos are from this morning, once he was on the mend), and we're off to talk to the doctor again about some allergy tests. (I admit I'm worried about what this might mean for spiders and bees.) Oh, and maybe a permanent undercoating of lemon eucalyptus and DEET.
Welcome, summer! You asshole.