You may remember that I wrote a blog over the summer about my daughter being allergic to the cold. Since being diagnosed she has broken out four times. The first time was on her third birthday, it was a hot day in July so we went to a swimming pool and then got drive through after for supper. She was still in her bathing suit and was holding her cup in her lap. She held it there for about fifteen minuets on the way back to her grandparents house and by the time we got there she had a huge spot of hives where it touched her bare skin.
The second time was at an event called Living Windows downtown. Living Windows is a special event in our town where all the businesses have living displays of Christmas scenes in their windows. We took the kids, it was actually a really nice evening so we thought Kairi would do alright but we noticed after about an hour that her hands were really red and she had welts on her knuckles.
The third time was out on my parents farm. She was out helping my dad feed the chickens, the weather was a bit chilly but not to bad so he had her in a light coat and a hat. By the time they were done she had hives on her cheeks, hands and chest.
The fourth time was recently. It was pretty nice outside for being December in Iowa. We took advantage of the nice weather and went on a walk. The wind was a bit chilly so I had them dressed in hats and coats. We walked up town and when we got there, Kairi’s whole face was covered in hives. It was the worst reaction she has ever had. Her hands were the color of a tomato and they also had welts all over them. The wind blowing right on her had to have made the reaction that much worse. I felt terrible. It only took about ten minuets for them to fade away but I was still upset. It was a really bad reaction and it seems like each one is getting worse and worse. So we are not taking any chances with her.
Snow is falling now, which means Kairi really can not be spending time outside. It pains me to make her miss out on snow fun but I am scared she will have a really bad reaction and end up in the hospital. The longest she will get to be out is maybe ten minutes and that is only if I can get her to wear a face mask. I have a feeling that won’t go over very well since she doesn’t like hats. We are keeping several blankets in the car just in case we were ever to break down and I will be carrying benadryl whereever I go.