Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Kids are expensive!
Kids are expensive. Medications are expensive. Combine those two facts and what do you have....expense!
The alternate title for this post could be No More Nutella For Me! The first time I noticed that the boy had a problem with hazelnuts was when I had been eating Nutella (straight out of the jar...I love that stuff!) and then I kissed him and his lips all puffed up.
I took a day off work today as I had to take my son to the allergy specialist at the hospital to have him confirm what we already knew - he is allergic to hazelnuts. He also advised that he is allergic to pecans and walnuts. He's not allergic to peanuts but it is probably safest to avoid all nuts in case there is anything else.
The doctor prescribed some epi-pens if there is an extreme reaction if he does eat some by accident, and then to use anti histamines if there is a mild reaction. I took one of the Epi-pens to the school, and was thinking that I would have to be carrying the other one around with us wherever we go, but now the before and after school care program wants their own, and therefore I have to wait for a call back from the doctor to tell me whether he can prescribe another one at the reduced prescription cost, or if I am going to have to pay full price (over $100) for a third pen.
Total cost so far today - well over $350 when you include the cost of visiting the specialist, the car parking, the cost of both types of medication, lunch and other expenses, and it will be more if I have to pay full price for another Epi-pen. I rang the doctor to check as soon as I got home, but they haven't come back to me with an answer yet.
Of course, I am glad to know once and for all and to have a strategy in place to deal with this issue, but I am glad that I don't have any huge bills due this week!