Beware of Iguanas!

So besides all of my children having learning disabilities did I happen to mention my eldest son also has some really strange and weird allergies?

Let’s see it was my son’s fourth birthday. Anyone who knows my son will tell you this boy could be the next crocodile hunter. So I decided we would have “The Lizard Guys” do a show for his birthday party and invite all the kids from his pre-school and his friends. The “Lizard Guy” would bring all sorts of reptiles to show the children.  From corn snakes, to blue tongued skinks to iguanas. The kids would love it. Especially my son! The party was a huge success.

Two days after the party we would be leaving for Disney. I was eight months pregnant with my second child. The plan was to take our son to Disney, Sea World, and Universal Studios. I had made reservations to have breakfast in the castle at Disney for the day of his birthday. It would be a spectacular birthday.

Back to the day of the party. A few hours after the party my son started having pain in his joints and his skin became blotchy. By morning, all his joints were swollen (his knees, fingers, lower back, you name it!) Then his skin started to turn purple. I called the doctor. She told me to bring him to her home. She examined him right on her dining room table. My son was in a severe allergic reaction. I asked her if she was sure this was an allergic reaction. He was swollen and had these large purple blotches everywhere. They looked like bruise marks. I had never seen an allergic reaction quite like this. She went to her bedroom and brought back a book with pictures in it showing me what a severe allergic reaction could look like. She then called the hospital and told them I was on my way over and that they were to admit my son.  Lastly, she called an infectious disease/ allergy doctor to ask her if she would go to the hospital to see my son. She agreed.

In the meantime, I called my husband . He was out on the road driving but told his dispatcher he needed to bring the truck in and get to the hospital. He got to the hospital pretty quick. My son had just been admitted in and was started on steroids through a hep lock. They also gave him Zyrtec and drew blood to do tests. The infectious disease/ allergy doctor arrived. She asked me alot of questions and drew circles with her pen around the purple blotches on my son’s body. This was to later determine if the blotches were getting smaller as the medicine got in him. Yes, it was agreed he was having a horrible allergic reaction. We were trying to figure out what he was so allergic too. I told her he had worn new underwear and about the reptile party. I don’t know why but I said to her, “Maybe he was allergic the iguana?”

We stayed in the hospital overnight. It was a rough 24 hours. Why? Because my son also had an adverse reaction to the medication. Instead of becoming lethargic and sleepy he became wild and out of control. He actually threw a chair across the room and I had to wrestle him down to the bed to physically restrain him. Remember I was also eight months pregnant! It was a hell of a night. The next day we were released and given a medical note to travel with an explanation of my son’s weird purple markings and swollen body in case we were questioned by the airline attendants. Despite, my sons horrible allergic reaction just prior to our trip we managed to have a wonderful time!

And when I was able to get back home and on the internet to research I found out that many other mothers reported their children going into rages while on Zyrtec ( I also found out that some of the rare side effects of Zyrtec being administered can make children have convulsions, seizures, develop aggressiveness, violent behavior, suicidal ideation and other serious behavioral changes. ( Yes, not only did my son have a severe allergic reaction but he also had severe adverse reactions to the medication. It was like he was allergic to the allergy medicine.

We also had a follow up visit at the infectious disease/ allergy doctor. She did all kinds of allergy testing on my son. He was allergic to dusts, dust mites, molds, cats, and dogs. She did not detect any food allergies, However, she did not have an allergy test for iguana’s either. But she suggested that if I really wanted to know if my son was allergic to iguanas that I actually bring an iguana to her office and let him hold it while he was there. I thought, “IS THIS DOCTOR ABSOLUTELY INSANE?” No, I did not go run out and get an iguana.

Eight months later we went on our annual family vacation to Wildwood. We were walking down the boardwalk. As we walked by a store a man was yelling hermit crabs and iguana’s for sale. I had never seen iguana’s for sale but that year, yes they were selling iguana’s. As we walked by, the man reached over and said, “Do you want to buy an Iguana?” as he placed the iguana on my son’s shoulder. I flipped out and yelled, “Get that Iguana off my son!” He probably thought I just hated creatures. In any event, a few hours later we ended up in the Cape May Hospital’s emergency room and I now knew my son was in fact allergic to Iguana’s.

So till this day I still have to mark on forms that ask, Any known allergies? Yes, my son is allergic to iguana’s. I’m sure they must give a strange look as they read that and think I am a NUT!

In any event, I must admit it is easier to keep my son away from Igauna’s then say a dog or a cat!!!

Copyrighted 2011: danadogooder and DMT


About danadogooder

Happily married for 20 years except when he is pissing me off! ' Mommy of 3 boys, a yellow female lab named Curious, 2 kitties Trouble and Kornelia, and bird and fish! Yes, we have a Zoo! Love to cook, entertain, and travel. I give new meaning to, "You can't fight city hall" Cause I fought worse, "Yes, The Board of Ed! " I live in a houseful of ADHD, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing, Sensory Integration and Allergies!!! I love being a Mom, to have fun and am always joking around! My job titles are: Wife, Mommy, Advocate, Friend, Maid, Cook, Self Employed Business Owner among many others!
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4 Responses to Beware of Iguanas!

  1. Joey (soon 5* - 0, again!) TOMASELLA says:

    Dear Dogooder…”Many would have followed the Specialists decision. However it is NOT always the correct decision.” For you , and your decision to not bring this reptile to the Office was surely one I would have agreed too. The amazing thing , to this reader was the way in which you were able to determine your Son was , in fact allergic to this Reptile.

    Imagine , being 8 mos pregnant and wrestling with your Son , due to the side effect’s of the Medication! Very weird. Again , life does throw curves at us , doesn’t it!!

    Well written and this truly must have been one hell of an experience?? I can only hope the child is doing well today? Another “Entry” well written as well as informative. True life experience’s is surely an area you do not fall short in Dogooder…


  2. danadogooder says:

    Thank you! My one friend says I’ve been blessed with writing material. At the time, that was surely not a thought but I am enjoying getting it all out now!

  3. Jill says:

    Good blog post. But it’s “iguanas,” not “iguana’s”. You wouldn’t say “I love dog’s and cat’s,” now would you? 😉

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