Happy Endings

Leo's photo of his hospital room (note Sully & Mike).
Leo is back home and happy after an anaphylactic reaction & seizure sent him to the hospital for a bit. We still don't know why it happened, but we now have an EpiPen in case he has another allergic attack.

And we don't know what this means for the long term. Folks on Thinking Person's Guide to Autism's Facebook page weighed in with 40+ perspectives on autism and seizures, as did several friends with ... expertise in the area, for which I am thankful. Short term, Leo may not travel outside of immediate assistance bounds (no long plane flights, no remote Sonoma mushroom foraging raids). I'll need to find out if his school bus driver is trained to administer the EpiPen. Seymour and I are taking turns sleeping with Leo, who is so delighted at having a slumber party that he'd rather snuggle than dream.

I do know that we are so, so, so lucky. I hope I don't need to enumerate why. It's not the way I would have chosen to close out 2012 -- and we could all use more sleep -- but I will be entering the new year in a state of profound gratitude for our family, friends, and healthy kids.

Best wishes for your own 2013.


  1. Oh my goodness! I'm so glad your sweetie-boy is doing better now! Hoping he gets back to his normal routine quickly!

    - Beth

  2. I am so glad your sweet one is doing better. I can't imagine how scary this was and still is. Hoping you all get some rest.

  3. Thanks, Beth & Michelle. We are all good ever since -- and keeping our fingers crossed. Best wishes to you both in 2013.

  4. Anonymous11:09 AM

    I am so glad this had a happy ending. Poor Leo and poor scared parents. Several years ago I was stung by a wasp and had a reaction that left me in the hospital for several hours breathing in drugs through a mask and hooked up to an IV drip of some goodness that stopped the reaction. My trusty Epi pen is always with me. I also carry Benadryl with me.


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