4/1/2015 Had an Anaphylactic Reaction at a Shoe Repair Store.

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I had to go pick up a present I had bought for my mom for Easter. I was having an alteration done to it at a shoe repair store. This store should have been a safe place for me to go. My husband had dropped it off, so this was my first time in this establishment. When I wet in to the store, a dog came running our from the back. He came close to me but stopped, but that’s all it takes with dogs. I paid quickly and left fast, but by the time I reached my car, my throat was slamming shut. A lot of times when I react to dogs, the back of my mouth tastes like there’s carpet back there. There was no other tell, just isn’t closing.

It’s scary to be out with your son when this happens. I just have to remain like there’s nothing happening and take a ton of meds. We went to a close by McDonalds, and I sat while he ate. I had to let my body react with the meds, when it was stabilized, I was able to white knuckle drive home. I have vision issues with my reactions. With the movement of driving, I have what I call tunnel vision, where all of a sudden your vision starts to tunnel and close. I have to keep shaking my head to refocus. It is a horrible feeling!

I am now reeling from two reactions in one week. I hurt obviously. Yesterday my joints were really tight, but they have loosened today, which is awesome. I was not able to sleep last night. My throat kept wanting to shut and it startles you awake. But I’m here and I can talk now, so I’m very happy.

Moral to this story, always be prepared for an anaphylactic reaction.

Touched something in my house. Reaction time again 3/30/2015

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I was on the phone with my husband and said, huh, I feel like I have several strands of hair in my throat. That normally means a reaction is coming on. I always have weird signs if my reaction is taking time on to come on. I kept talking like a fool, lol. About a minute later I tried to take a sip of my Cranberry juice, and choked on it. I had a very hard time getting my sip of juice down. I obviously ran and started my regimen. Even though I have taken my meds, it’s still closing. It’s so hard and stressful. I had just reopened my throat from my last reaction. Note to self, take all signs seriously. If you ever have a loved one say they are experiencing something small, take notice. It could really be something quite serious.

An all natural and organic way to heal and soothe your skin. – Amish Country Essential’s Chickweed Salve.

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I was so excited about finding this product for my allergic reactive skin issues, I thought I would share it with you.

I am a huge fan of all natural and organic products. I truly do not see the need to put harmful chemicals into our everyday products. We have so many cancers of the rise. Hmmm, I wonder why. I am very glad that I was afforded the opportunity to review Amish Country Essential’s Chickweed Save in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. This product only has olive oil, beeswax, organic chickweed, plantain and organic allantoin in it. It is a wonderful product.
I am currently recovering from an anaphylactic reaction. This one has taken it’s time. My skin is starting to feel it’s effects. I have sores appearing and oozing as the toxins move their way out of my body. It is incredibly itchy and painful. I try to use only organic and all natural products on these areas. I have tried the prescription route, and it never works. My skin is trying to heal from toxins, adding more toxins really don’t help. The natural ingredients that I use help with the infection but this product really helps with the rest.
There is no scent associated with this product, which I really appreciate it. It may go on feeling a little greasy because of the olive oil, but it’s a light oil. Your skin will absorb it fairly fast. Give it a few minutes and you will notice that your skin is starting to feel soft, not greasy. I tested it on my hand first, as I do all new products. After realizing how soothing this product is, I happily applied it to the side of my face and neck. Currently this area is so itchy and miserable. Within a minute after applying this salve, the itchiness died down incredibly. I was actually shocked and amazed. It was so bad, I didn’t expect much help in that arena. Even with my open areas, there was no stinging, just soothing relief.

 

(This picture doesn’t show the swelled bumpy areas at all. It wraps around both sides of my neck.)

This product is indicated for burns, eczema, insect bites, itchy dry skin, chapped skin, and minor cuts and scrapes. Chickweed, among other ingredients in this salve, are full of antioxidants and vitamins. This product is very nourishing and healing for your skin. I am so relieved I have discovered this product. It has been such a relief for me.

It can be found here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00T23EPT8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

3/14/15 – Bad day at the local Gun and knife show.

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I am a staunch believer in the second amendment, as is my entire family. We went to our local gun and knife show around lunchtime. We were there not even ten minutes when I started to have a little trouble talking. Within 5 minutes I was devouring Benadryl. It was a really weird reaction. I had walked by someone’s dog they brought in, and then hit some food smells. That’s all it took.

I thought I caught it early, Started off with a mild feeling, not the usually, although they are all unique really. There wasn’t the normal clamping feeling.But it ended up being one of my worst reactions. My senses were still off a bit from m last reaction, so maybe that’s why it felt so different. The back of my tongue and throat still feel numb. My vision is also affected. Everything is a little blurry and I’m having trouble focusing in. I took ephedrine and Benadryl all day and throughout the night Saturday. Same on Sunday, but not as much Benadryl. At this point I was trying to open my throat and airways. It is Sunday night, and I haven’t eaten anything since Friday night. Hospitals aren’t a safe place for me, too much food around. I am also way to vulnerable to picking up a virus or infection there. If I can’t eat by Monday afternoon, I’ll have to go to my regular doctor.

At one point Saturday night, my airways did completely close for a few seconds. Always terrifying, but when you live like this, you have to shake it off and go on as everything is normal. Thank God, literally, that my husband was home. He is my pillar of strength, my soul mate. I draw incredible strength from him. I’ve gone past the hungry. Even made ham and mashed potatoes, with my husband, for the family. My body is trying so hard to heal, that I’ve gotten over the hungry. Even sipping my fluids is hard. I’m definitely dehydrated. One sip at a time. If I try another to quickly, I’m reaching for my albuterol inhaler to open my throat and airways. I also developed a lovely rash across my jawline and cheeks. Fortunately, it wasn’t too visible. You could feel it and wow, was it itchy. I’ve been cleaning my skin with vinegar, and putting pure Emu oil, vit A oil and Benadryl cream on it. Believe it or not, vinegar is the best astringent you can use. Another thing I do is inhale organic eucalyptus oil and rub some under my nose. Too much albuterol isn’t a good thing, and this really helps to open the sinuses and airways.

Another odd symptom I had with this reaction is pain in my hips. Really bad pain. I always get overall pain, but my hips have never been affected like this. I just keep trying to stretch them and keep moving. I get jittery, like a bug moving under your skin feeling. It’s so weird and very annoying, because you really want to relax and your body won’t let you.

I get dizzy a lot and unstable on my feet. Today was much better, but still shaky with bouts of dizziness. I’m hoping tomorrow will be a lot better. It’s never taken this long to open my throat enough to take in liquids more than one sip at a time. My sweet husband made homemade whipped cream thinking I could intake some calories that way. Even that was too thick. Tasty, but too thick. It was very thoughtful and greatly appreciated.

I had a small reaction last night. 3/9/15

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I made it through the day yesterday, no reactions. Then I opened a container of hand balm. Just inhaling the odor from the hand balm started a slow onset reaction.

Reactions come in all forms for me, but they all end up in throat/airway closure. This one started out with my mouth filling with saliva, over and over until I took a bunch of Benadryl. I took the liquid form and let it sit in my mouth for a bit before swallowing. I haven’t had the mouth filling with saliva symptom before, that was a new one for me. I had to take Benadryl in a couple of rounds to stop that. But as the night progressed, so did the reaction. I slowly found it harder to breathe and swallow. I took more Benadryl, albuterol, ephedrine, cetirizine and loratidine. I had a hard time keeping my throat open, but I did. I am so used to it at this point, I tend to take my own symptoms for granted. But when I try to lean back, I remember quickly. When you’re throat and airways are that closed, leaning back is hard. The pressure placed on the throat is great when leaning backwards. If it’s that swollen. Last night I felt like someone shoved a ball in my throat the minute I leaned back, couldn’t breathe at all. I shot upwards obviously, and I could breathe. So, more Benadryl, and inhaler. Got through the night. Thank you God! Now to start colloidal silver, because my sinuses and throat are reeling from last night. I also inhale organic eucalyptus essential oil and rub some under my nose. Besides smelling really good, it really helps to open the airways and sinuses. My youngest has horrible allergies and he loves the eucalyptus. Has me put it under his nose every night.

A look into who I am…

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I am a wife and mother foremost. I’ve lived a long career as a nurse, but with the onslaught of my numerous life threatening allergies, I had to give up my career. People always tease I should live in a bubble. I know at the heart of it, I am extremely blessed. I have an incredible family and a husband I consider my soul mate and savior.

I am allergic to most processed foods, a lot of natural foods, artificial flavorings, preservatives, dogs. I just have to smell food cooking and my throat will close. I can walk by a cute little dog, and my throat will close. Food shopping is not an option for me, so I have become completely dependent, even though I look completely healthy. Getting gas is like playing a game of Russian roulette. It depends if food smells flow out of the convenient store. There could be residue on the handle of the gas pump. I can’t go inside the convenient store at all. This makes being out and about difficult if I have to find a bathroom too, lol. I can only go into McDonald’s and usually Burger King. Other fast food stores tend to cook foods I can’t tolerate. I obviously have to make all our food from scratch. I have created my own yummy bbq sauce and steak sauce for my family, because store bought can’t come into the home. Even though I cook a lot, I can’t eat the food I make. I live with a permanently swollen throat, so I can’t swallow a lot of food. I live off a mostly liquid diet and supplements.

I recently had major surgery done. Even this was a challenge for someone like me. I sat through pre-op with a RN. We went over all my allergies at length. She then handed me my prep, and I looked at her and said I couldn’t take it. She was clueless. I had to repeat my allergies. I had even given her a pre printed out list. It took 2 days of pharmacist and my doctor talking to figure out what I could take. The day of the surgery, I had a long talk with the anesthesiologist. He had to make sure he gave me anesthesia that I wouldn’t be allergic to. He also had to administer Benadryl and steroids with the anesthesia during my surgery. I had to wear a mask in all open areas of the hospital due to food smells. I have a hard time breathing through the masks, so I can’t stay that way for long. Once in my room, even though everyone knew no food was allowed in my room, they kept trying to bring it in Thank goodness my husband stayed the whole time with me. He stopped them each time and posted a sign on my closed door.

Everyday life is so much harder. My throat closes at least once every two weeks, but has up to 3-4 times in a week. If I have to run out and try to do a basic errand, it normally closes. I go everywhere with epi-pens, bronkaid which is ephedrine in tablet form, albuterol unhaler and liquid and chewable Benadryl. I also carry wet wipes to clean surfaces off with.

My husband is my pillar of strength. He works out of town during the week a lot but is always available when I need him. Even if I can’t talk, I get incredible strength from his support. I never run to the hospital. It happens to often, and it’s too hard in the hospital for me unfortunately.It really is mental strength that gets me through a reaction. I know what position to get my body in and what to do when my airways completely shut off. I’m always prepared for a flare up. It’s not uncommon to be walking and, bam, your throat starts to re-swell. I have set ups of meds in my bedroom and living room. I can easily run and access my meds.You should always have necessary meds out and accessible in case of emergency in multiple areas of the home depending on the size of your home, and floors of your home. It’s very common for your throat to re-swell while you’re sleeping. I’ve woken up frequently feeling like I was choking to death.

This blog is gong to be about my reactions. Health tips with dealing with anaphylaxis, supplements that have transformed my life and more. I have had allergists just look at me and say it’s not possible but then offer no other answer. I have had the smart ones, that keep up with the times, look at me and smile and apologize that nothing can be done. I know more and more people are developing allergies like me, that’s why this blog.