I’m sorry that it has been soooo long since I last posted anything! Life has been super hectic with job applications and getting uni stuff sorted that unfortunately my blog has taken a back seat.
I’ve still been reasonably active on my Facebook and Instagram so please follow me on those!
Anyway, onto the point of this post!
A couple of months ago, after roughly 3 months without a reaction, I had my 14th anaphylactic reaction!
I was out for a coffee with my boyfriend and had my usual chai latte. We were sat just outside the coffee shop, in the food court of our local shopping centre. About two minutes after I finished my drink I felt that all too familar feeling of ichy eyes. Now I’m not just talking about usual hayfever ichy eyes, I mean all of a sudden my eyes were super ichy. Straight away I knew something was up and so I took an antihistamine as I had no other symtoms. I began to feel a tightening in my chest and felt my arms and legs shaking, and hoping that it was asthma or a panic attack, I took my ventolin.
And then I got that all too familar cough! Straight away I got my boyfriend to call the ambulance as I administered my first EpiPen. From there I had the usual progression of symptoms as my cough worsened and I began to lose consciouness, my eyes closing and head falling into my lap as I drooled. Luckily, a lovely woman came over to assist and looked after me whilst my boyfriend spoke to the 000 attendant, recieving updates on the ambulance and then speaking to security who had also come to assist.
After around 5 minutes, I administered my second EpiPen as my symptoms, as usual, continued to worsen. It’s amazing what you are able to do when you need to!
Finally the ambulance arrived and I began to improve, getting taken into hospital for observation.
People ask if my reactions get any easier to cope with. My answer, not really! During a reaction, I focus on trying to stay alive and keeping as calm as I can so I don’t worsen my reaction. I will never “get used” to my anaphylactic reactions but I do know exactly what to do when I have one.
My next target, as always is to make it to an expiry date, something my boyfriend just managed to do, lucky thing!