This last week has been a crazy one for me! To start with, last Tuesday I was going through my normal routine of gardening, cleaning, etc before I sit down to begin my blogging duties. I decided to grab a quick bite before I got started so I cut open an avocado and gave it a bit of salt, grabbed a spoon and sat down to watch a bit of food tv while I ate. Once I was finished I continued to watch tv for just a bit to make myself drink the whole glass of water (I am awful about water intake!). That was when I felt my eyes beginning to swell and itch, something I am used to this year because my allergies have been horrid. Then the sneezing began, so I grabbed a couple of Benadryl and was waiting for a bit of relief so I could get to work. Nope, instead of relief, the swelling in my face continued until I could barely open my eyes. My nasal passsages became so swollen I felt like I had to sneeze, but couldn't. I still was thinking it was just a "regular" allergy attack just on a bigger scale when I felt my throat begin to itch and my tongue tingle. OK I am thinking, these are new, maybe it is from the Benadryl, that is until my throat and tongue began to swell shut.
Not sure of what to do since this is the first time I have ever experienced anything like this, I try calling my kids...no one answers. Seriously, I dialed 4 numbers and got no one, and Kevin was at a friends house where he had no cell connection. Now I am panicked. I briefly thought about driving myself but put the thought out of my head because I knew I didn't belong behind the wheel of a car, so I called 911. As the operator came on and asked what my emergency was, I realized that I could barely speak. She had to ask me more than once to repeat myself. Finally, with all of my information given to the best of my abilities, the ambulance was dispatched.
Now you have to realize that my town is so small I could just about hear the sirens as soon as they left the fire station, which was a bit comforting, until I realized they couldn't find my house and I heard them drive past twice. So I pick up the phone and call the emergency operator again. I finally successfully explain to her where I live and no sooner did I hang up than the paramedics were at my door. After a blur of questions, pokes, stabs, etc. I am being wheeled out and down my driveway. Into the ambulance I went and off to the hospital I was rushed. Part of me felt like I was making a big deal out of the situation and really didn't need to call 911, but any part of me that was feeling that way stopped as soon as I was in the ER and the Dr explained to me how dangerous my situation was and how glad she was that I called. OK so maybe I am not a big baby after all.
End of story, after staying overnight in the hospital to be monitored, I was sent home with an "Epi pen" and instructions to inject myself with it if I feel my eyes swelling and the sneezing begin like they did. What caused it you might ask? Well that is the million dollar question. They don't know. It could have been one of several things or even a combination of a few. I am going to go for some testing to hopefully find out, but until then Kevin won't let me touch much of anything, the garden is off limits, and he insists on washing all of my fruits and vegetable violently before I am even allowed in the kitchen. Of course the remaining avocados were thrown away and he makes sure to steer me well around them at the grocery store.
Dang, I really hope I am not allergic to avocados. I love those little green buggers!!