Thursday, September 20, 2007

Anaphylaxis fun

Last Wednesday I went for allergy testing at St. Mikes.
For those of you who know me well, I have spent 7 weeks preparing for this event by mainly eating air. Actually air and a lot of chicken, fish, and green vegetables. But mainly air.
So I get to the 4th floor for my test, they get me to fill out lots of forms and then they begin to put the 100 allergens on my back. Now, this is a much easier procedure than I had imagined. The allergens are already on pieces of tape, they just stick them to me and then adhere them firmly.
Almost immediatly as they began to put them on I felt light headed. When she was finished I immediatly sat down, the room was spinning, I was feeling sick and light headed. The RN was very concerned. Apparently I passed out, I don't remember this happening but they told me I did.
I was wheeled down to emergency.
I was admitted almost immediatly which made me begin to panic.
Up until this point I was amused and embarassed by the hospital's reaction. Amused because I thought they were over reacting, and embarassed because they put me in a wheelchair to get me to emerg and all these Doctors were looking at me like I was an outbreak waiting to happen.
My nurse in Emergency was nice. The Doctors were all very nice.
They asked me the same questions over and over, which annoyed me a little.
Finally their conclusion was that it was an A typical reaction to the allergens. They gave me some meds, kept an eye on me and then let me go home.
It was not until almost 24 hours later that I realized that I had had anaphylactic schock.
How odd is that?


At Thursday, 20 September, 2007, Blogger Heather said...

I'm glad you're okay now!

At Monday, 24 September, 2007, Blogger St. Dickeybird said...

So.... what caused it????? I hope they told you...

At Tuesday, 25 September, 2007, Blogger Snooze said...

omg - just as well you were tested and at a hospital. Did they identify the specific allergen?


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