Had to look around for the song, but it’s a Van Halen tune.
I have been getting allergy shots for about a month now, cats, dustmites, mold, & tree pollen. The dustmites are by far the worst. So I went yesterday for my shot, bringing my wife and daughter who get them as well, and my son and his friend. I get the shot, they put ice on my arms to stop the swelling, and had a seat. 10 min later, I started getting hot, my skin started turning alarmingly red, and I got my wife’s attention. The nurse, who was standing next to her, hauls me out of the chair and into one of the backrooms. They get me on the table sitting up, and a minute later I say “I’m going to pass out”
And so I did. Luckily, I was on an examining table and the nurse caught me so I didn’t roll off the bed. Pretty strong little girl, I’m 230, and she’s maybe 100.
They told me I was out for all of 5 seconds. I swear it was like two hours, had such vivid dreams/vision of a meeting in my old office with three guys I work with going over a project we completed like 6 months ago. Very vivid and detailed. Next thing I know, I look up and see people leaning over me asking me if I’m okay.
I think that might have been the weirdest point. So they pump me full of benedryl, and make me wait 30 minutes and I’m feeling okay, so I go home. I get in bed, I fall asleep, tired, but feeling okay.
Woke up and felt like someone was standing on my chest, every deep breath made it worse. My ears felt swollen and I was having trouble getting a deep breath. Throat was fine, chest was not. Every deep breath made my chest feel tighter. Wondered why the Jolly Green Giant decided to stand on my chest, but it got to the point where I was getting scared, so I looked at Fae, who was on the phone telling my aunt that I was okay, and she said, I’ll call you back, I need to take Matt to the hospital.
She called 911, a cop showed up like 2 minutes later, gave me oxygen. At this point, my skin was starting to get that purple feeling again and the Jolly Green Giant was now jumping up and down on my chest. The oxygen helped a little I think because he seemed to take longer between jumps, but I felt better when I realized the EMT’s were there. At this point, I’m burning up, my eyes and ears had practically swollen shut, and I have an EMT asking me loud questions that are hurting my head. I tell her what she wants to know (mostly to shut her the hell up) and the head EMT moves in.
Calm, nice, and the coolest hands on the planet. At least they felt that way to my burning skin. She’s asking me how I’m feeling, if this hurts, if this is okay in a nice soft, calm voice and I realize how amazing these people are. As she’s taking charge and giving me a different mask to wear instead of the tube with the things that go up your nose, I start shivering. Uncontrollably. I thought I was having a seizure or convulsions, but nice EMT lady assures me it’s just my body reacting to the shot. It’s bad man. I”m not falling off the bed, but it’s moving my arms and legs and making it hard to get a good breath, thank goodness for the oxygen.
They got me into a chair, and now I’m sweating profusely, and manage to get me down all of my flights of stairs. Oh yeah, did I mention that I’m in my boxerbriefs and that’s it? Yeah, thankfully they wrapped me up in a sheet to take me outside where it’s nice and cool finally. They gave me more epinephrine on the way, and some benedryl for good measure as well as something to help with nausea which I didn’t really need.
Rest of it is boring, just sat around in the ER for a couple of hours making sure I didn’t have another reaction and they let me go home around 1:30. Thank god for neighbors and friends because Fae sent them down to wait for the ambulance, my neighbor snatched them away from the whole fiasco before they had a chance to see me doing the funky chicken in the bed.
When you get that envelope in the mail, asking you to donate to your local EMT or Fire Department? Please do me a favor and drop in a couple of bucks for me. I don’t think I was in any serious danger, but the peace of mind they gave me was more cure than anything they stuck in my arm. Or my leg, holy crap, whatever it was still aches like a mofo!
Not something I’d care to repeat thank you very much. Not one little freakin bit. I’m just relaxing today and taking it easy. Going to work tomorrow like I normally do, just be in bed with my laptop tho instead of downstairs at my regular machine.