Last night I was having dinner with the kids. A meal I prepared myself, with nut free ingredients in our allergen free home. Charlie started to cough and cough and cough. Now it was the cough that sounded like something went down the wrong pipe and if that had been Molly coughing, I most likely would’ve told her to get something to drink but it was Charlie so instead I started to internally panic. I realized that most non-food allergy parents miss out on this psychosis, so I thought I would share my train of thought with you after I heard Charlie coughing for the next 5 minutes.
Why is he coughing?
Why is he still coughing
Oh God, did a factory cross contaminate?
Did I read the french fry label?
Did someone put their hand in the peanut bin and then touch the broccoli at the grocery store?
He is still coughing.
Wait, he has been coughing all day. Is he sick?
Does he need a drink?
Yes, get a drink.
Is his face red? Is it getting redder? Oh, right, he is coughing.
Has he developed a new allergy?
What did I put in the meatballs?
Is your lip swelling?
Is that a hive?
Seriously, have his lips always been that puffy?
Phew, coughing stopped.
Breathe, breathe, breathe
Please don’t vomit. Please don’t vomit.
I should check for hives.
That was seriously 5 minutes. The rest of the evening was keeping one eye on him in case he started breaking out in hives or vomiting. The fun never ends here.