Archive for July 4th, 2010

I’m still here.

So yesterday I nearly died.

I’ve never been allergic before to any form of medication. Never any food.
Only dust and pollen and zinc sunscreen.
Stuff that doesn’t phase me too much.

Yesterday was the lovely Clare’s bridal shower. The plan was to load my cupcakes into the car, drop in at the city, pick up her lingerie as a present, and then head to the party.

As I was leaving the house, i felt the dreaded migraine coming along, so I decided to take one of my new tablets just before leaving.

The traffic on the freeway was terrible, we were moving at exciting speeds of 10km per hour. I live a good fair way from the city, this was not good.

Suddenly, i begin to feel very hot, and start getting dizzy. My skin starts turning shades of purple, and I want to throw up.
Not only that, my tongue has begun to swell, and everywhere that my body was being touched, was burning hot and painful – including where my clothing was touching.

I knew instantly what this was, thank you first aid qualifications.
I was experiencing Anaphylaxis. I managed to call my best friend who is a nurse and would be setting up the bridal shower. She told me to try and drink water, I had none, so I ate a grape.
The amount of burning in my mouth from putting it in there and biting was unbearable.
I was battling to breathe, and to remain consciousness.

Still the traffic crawled.

I somehow managed to get to the house, which was thankfully nearby, where they administered some medication to try and prevent the symptons. I could feel exactly where the tablet was in my internal digestive system, as it was burning so badly.
It took me about 2 hours before I could eat anything.
It stayed in my system for about 5 hours.

My tongue remained swollen for another 3 days, and my left leg lagged for about 4 days.

Now instead of deciding what accessory to wear when I go out, I have to instead choose what form of jewelry is possibly going to save my life in the future.

Apparently it isn’t my time to go just yet…