Saturday, October 18, 2008
FUBAR EXPRESS @ The Redi Med
I've been through a lot of things in my life. Some of which have been pretty scary, but nothing compared to last night. What do you do when body parts start swelling to three times their normal size with no knowledge of why they might be doing that. Last night at work I had hives break out on the back of my neck, my scalp, behind my ears on my arms, legs and across my belly. Now work has been stressing me out so a girl and I were talking it's probably just nerves. I itched like a son of a... well you fill it in, from head to toe. I was miserable. I figured it would go away. Well, about 12:30pm last night my mouth was hurting so I put some ice on it. Didn't know why it was hurting until about 3AM when I decided I was exhausted, not feeling well and needed to lay down. I took one look in the bathroom mirror and freaked out. My face and neck were swelling. I took some pictures. None of them pretty I will warn you. Then I fretted about what to do. I contemplated calling my friend Chris or Joe or my brother or my mom and dad or a bunch of other possibilities. I thought about driving myself to the emergency room. That would be a costly endeavor if I was over reacting. I finally decided I was tired and I was going to lay down and go to sleep. Maybe it would be better on it's own in the am. After all it could be me causing it from nerves. Right? Of course the thought did cross my mind that I may not wake up if the swelling kept going. I prayed the Lord my soul to keep then I laid my weary head down to sleep. Anyway I work up at 10:30AM this morning ten times worse than I was. I literally could not feel my face and forget calling anyone on the phone. My lips were so swollen they wouldn't even stay completely shut. My hands had joined in and so had my feet. Fun fun. Something was definitely wrong and Redi Med was open so I showered and took myself to Redi Med. They took me in almost immediately. Now for anyone who knows Redi Med that is not the norm. They did some checking and diagnosis is that I had an allergic reaction to some type of food, but what. The only thing out of ordinary for my diet yesterday was a cheese pretzel from Target that I had grabbed because I didn't have time to get anything else before work. Nothing different that I can think of in diet or habit yesterday. Anyway. I was given Alevert under the tongue to dissolve right away. Then I was given an Eppi Shot in the arm and a good old steroid shot right in the - well you know... drop your drawers please as the nurse so politely put it. Then I was told to take two Benadryl every 8 hours for the next couple of days and make sure I take my Zyrtec. I'm betting you could sell my blood on the drug market right now and my blood might even glow in the dark. Heck I don't know. The swelling has gone down a lot, but not completely and now my face feeling is coming back with pain. Joy joy. Who ever said Saturday's couldn't be eventful without a game plan? Anyway. Lutheran was going to be my next stop. So far so good though. Redi Med kept me for a half hour after the shots to make sure I wasn't allergic to the shots. Now all I want to do is sleep. Maybe if I find out what caused my reaction I could eat some of whatever on Halloween and dress up as Mick Jagger? Just a thought.