My now 2 year old has had a few of these in the last little while - one more serious than others. I can't remember the first but was pulling the christmas tree down beginning of the year and had ds in his cot watching me pull down the tree. He was crying for a bit but didn't worry too much as it was more a tantrum than anything else. For some reason went into his room once the crying had stopped only to find blood on his sheets and in his mouth - part of his crying had been because he had banged his lip on the side of the cot and had split it open - just a little cut. I felt like the WORST mother around - called mum in a panic and gave him an ice block. By that time he had no idea what all the fuss was about so thought he was getting an ice black for nothing.
The second (and this the worst) was at Easter this year. We had a family gathering at a park for a birthday party - DS spent most of the time running around and rolling on the grass and ate very little. About an hour after eating went home and put him to bed - he woke after 10 mins coughing and crying. I assumed it was the start of a cold so gave him the usual 'drugs' and held onto him. Half an hour later he was still crying and I was getting VERY frustrated with him because I didn't know why he was still crying. Noticed a fine rash happening all over his tummy and he had some white spots on his cheeks - assuming it was an itchy rash due to the grass gave him to DH (then DF) to bath. Had been in the bath 5 mins when noticed huge mozzie bite sized lumps going down to his knees, all up his back, neck, face, arms. Dried him, called mum again (by this stage we were freaked out and heading for hosptial) gave him some antihistamine and into the car off to the hospital. Got to the end of our street and noticed all around his mouth was white. I was sitting in the car saying is it quicker to call an ambo and go back home or just straight to the hospital. Kept going to the hospital but almost half way there he became very non-responsive. Had to put my hand right into his face to make sure his eyes were still moving and he was still alive. He was seen at the hospital and were told that it didn't sound like an allergy - since then we have found he is allergic to nuts and eggs (both of which were at the lunch) and now has an epi-pen. I was convinced we were going to lose him on the way to the hospital!
The last time (well no there have been more since then but this is the worst of the latest that have happened) I was at work and my DH was looking after DS. I got a call from DH in a panic saying he was taking DS to the hospital as he was helping DH do the washing up and slipped off his little stool, banging his chin on the way down - blood everywhere - DH was convinced he had put his tooth right through his lip. I freaked out as I was on my own at work and had to wait another 2 hours til I had someone to cover me. DH called back 5 mins later saying not going to hospital as he had called my mum (a registered nurse) and she and he had decided it was not serious enough to go to the hospital. DS only had a tiny cut beside his lip so didn't go right through at all but still pretty scary for DH.
Today I was shopping with DH and DS - DS was running around the supermarket, all of a sudden took off and I followed, just didn't run. He turned a corner and went for the fruit and vege so I followed. All of a sudden I couldn't find him. I walked in and out of all the fruit and vege looking frantically - was about to ask ppl if they had seen him when I heard a scream that sounded like him. Walked towards where I thought I had heard the scream and he was with his Dad. He'd found his way back to DH but I was almost in tears and panicking! First time I have lost him - but I'm sure it won't be the last!
WOW! What an essay I've written - thought I could do it as short as possible - obviously not!
** RIP...Ash 27/6/1985 - 17/10/2009 **