I tend to be a worrier. Why? I don’t know. I think it’s just my nature and since becoming a mom my worrywart propensity has increased. I don’t know how to shake it. I worry about the obvious stuff…am I parenting well, is J-Man’s needs being met in school, am I feeding him healthy, is he exposed to too much screen time and on and on an on. I also worry about stuff related to our outdoor adventures and some of the worrying has turned into fear.
A couple days ago I heard of a story of a mother who was out gardening with her young son when he was stung in the ear by a bee. By the time she had arrived at her pediatricians office his throat had fully closed and he was air lifted to children’s hospital. Because the child had never been stung before the mother had no idea he was allergic to bee stings. I have no details as to why the mother didn’t go straight to the ER or what the child’s symptoms were that prompted the visit to the pediatricians office, all I know is this incident has solidified why I am having allergy tests done on J-Man to find out if he is allergic to bee stings, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps.
I have talked about this fear numerous times with Bedge and after hearing this story I need to do something to ease my fear. I first began worrying about bee/wasp stings on a hike in Oregon when J-Man was less than a year old. We were approaching a waterfall about 2 miles from the trailhead when a wasp stung an eight year old. There was a wasp nest on the edge of the bridge and hikers were warning others about the nest and about the poor kid that was just stung. Although the kid was in pain from the sting thankfully he wasn’t allergic. I kept thinking about what if he had been allergic to the sting, what if he had gone into antiphalatic shock, what if he wasn’t able to get medical attention in time. All these ‘what if’s’ played in my head.
The thought of being 6 miles or even 2 miles into the backcountry and having J-Man get stung and have an allergic reaction without reaching medical care in time FREAKS ME OUT! I have anxiety just thinking about it. I thought about just getting an Epipen and having it on hand when we hike and backpack, however, paying $200 every year for an Epipen (because they expire) that I don’t even know is necessary is a lot of money. Having an allergy test will give me some piece of mind knowing if he is allergic or not and it will allow me to take necessary precautions on our trips.
I know I can’t protect J-Man from everything, nevertheless, if this is a precaution that I can take I’m definitely going to do it and rid myself of one less fear. Ha!
What do you worry about? Is your tyke allergic to bee stings? Have you ever had an allergy test done?