Yesterday I found out that I'm allergic to insect stings. I'm not sure what got me, but it got me good. I went to urgent care, passed out, and ended up in the ER because they were concerned that I may have hit my head when I passed out. I'm telling you this because it's important for you to know some of the following things:
- There is no telling when you will become allergic to something.
- If the soles of your feet start to itch, get help. (This itching and hives can then continue to places like your armpits, groin, arms, etc.) This itching may just be the beginning of something much worse.
- Do not drive yourself to get help. Call 911. The ambulance ride and being in the ER is not as bad as you think it will be. That is far better than waiting for the urgent care to open and wondering if you are going to make it.
- If someone tells you to carry an EpiPen or two, do it. My brother is allergic to bee stings, but doesn't carry an EpiPen anymore. I'm hoping that after this he will.
I'm getting ready to buy a medical alert necklace and an app for my phone that shows my allergy on the opening screen. I can also include my medications, heart conditions, etc.
While I'm not glad I went through that yesterday, I am extremely grateful to know that I have this allergy. And maybe now my brother will carry EpiPens. And hopefully this post can help someone, too.