First day out of our allergen-free bubble.
Hauled Zoey to daycare along with my new care plan (courtesy of NJH) tub o’ Vanicream, pile of washcloths, change of clothes, lunch, snack, 1/2 gallon of soy milk, nap sheet and blanket washed in our detergent.
I was able to spend almost an hour with her teacher Heather, explaining what we are doing at home and how we can mitigate the effects of unavoidable allergens with washing, wetting and moisturizing.
I really struggle in my attempts to communicate clear and completed instructions, without over complicating.
Thankfully, Heather is a great teacher and our daycare provider has worked as relentlessly as we have for years chasing the itch pre-NJH.
As I was talking with her teacher, Zoey started flaring with an additional hive or two as soon as she hugged her best friend. This was a good opportunity to show her teacher how I use the washcloth and lotion, and how quickly she un-flares.
I picked Zoey up a couple hours later and spoke with her teacher. She told me the primary triggers today came from her best friend, despite their best efforts to keep the hugfest to a minimum. Her friend has a couple of dogs and it was likely the dog hair. Her teacher was happy that the soak and seal (wet washcloth followed by lotion) regimen was so effective after each mini-flare. Big relief for me too.
Zoey did look pretty flared by the time I got a good look at her at home which was unnerving.
She also had a slight wheeze so I gave her a puff of her rescue inhaler, changed her clothes, wet her face with a washcloth and applied Vanicream. Within an hour her skin was calming down.
Back to a full on wet wrap tonight.
Her hands are my litmus, and there was nary a scrape on her fingers.