I did the smart thing when I started my allergy shots in October. I signed a waiver that allowed me to leave the office the minute my shots were given. Who has time to sit there for 30 minutes to be confident there won't be a reaction?
A few times since Thanksgiving I got itchy once I got home. Like palms, scalp, chest. One time I got home and wheezed for awhile. The wheezing and the body itches faded within an hour or two, OK maybe 3 tops. The site of the shot was always crazy-ass itchy and puffy as hell. This lasted for a few days. I admitted this to the peeps at the doc office and they told me to take an antihistamine 2 hours before I arrived for a shot.
Since I didn't always know when I was going to get a shot, I didn't always time the antihistamine pill popping at the right time. Full disclosure: sometimes I took it in the doc parking lot before I went in. I never wanted to alarm the nurse, so I always told her I had taken it 2 hours prior. All good, wink, wink.
A few days before I left for Dallas I raced off to get my shots. It was a day when Coach should have been home in theory, but theories are often laughable. He had to work later than usual and was then going to head straight to Reg's away b-ball game. I was planning to go in the wrong direction (from the beaten path of Irish dancing) to get the shots on my way/out of my way to drive Curly to dancing - but that was not going to be easy.
Instead, I saw an after school window and I took it. I popped a antihistamine pill about 45 minutes beforehand. The minute Curly got home from school, I bolted. Curly was watching the 15 month old who was napping, 'Give him his bottle when he gets up.' His folks know that Curly was a wet nurse in a former life and they are good with her watching him for short stretches if I run an errand, etc. Then I took the 7 month old with me to the shots. Honestly, his folks would probably also be OK with 12 year old Curly in charge too - but I was like one kid in a carrier is a piece of cake.
This was my first time getting full strength injections. I got the shots and said, 'Great - see you in 2 weeks.' Then I sneezed 3 times - like full, body-jolting sneezes. I hoped I was not getting a cold as I was soon heading to Dallas.
I walked down the steps of the building one minute later. My palms started to itch like a mother. Crazy, bright red itching, and I was bummed. This was a Von Maur night for me, and I hoped the itching would fade soon. I took a few steps closer to the car.
My head. I cannot even describe what started happening to my head. I felt like a cartoon character. My forehead was pulsating and my ears started to feel like they were as big as balloons. I was like 'Shoot - I hope this doesn't last long. Don't want to deal with a headache.'
I put babykins' carseat in the car and drove out of the parking lot. Um, not a headache. My head started heating up like I had swallowed a stove. I glanced in the rearview mirror and I looked like a red version of Shrek. My features were messed up. My lips were big. My coloring was off-the-charts red. The pulsating was unbearable.
I had to get home, right? I had to get babykins home. His mom would be there at 5 and it was 4:30. I kept driving. Then, despite the fire that was consuming my brain, I managed to produce a thought. If I go all the way home, I am going to just end up driving myself to the ER. This is silly.
I was on a two lane road and the cars on the other side were not quite close enough to me to be a concern - but they would be a problem if I did not move fast. I did a wide-ass u-turn in the Great White (12 seater, Chevy express, former airport shuttle for any newbies) and started heading back to the doctor office. I was just a few miles away, but it felt like I had to climb Mount Everest.
I called Coach. No answer. I called my Mom. "Mom, (pant) get (pant) to (pant) my (house). This (pant - Oh, hell - you get the idea) is an emergency. I am reacting very badly to my shots. Curly is home with world's-worst-baby. Go be with her."
(I don't think I have shared much about world's-worst baby - nothing Curly cannot handle but in this neck of the woods he is known as the fussiest small person alive. We blame his folks who cave constantly and keep him plugged into their phones and other devices or carry him around to ward off tears. It is literally insane, but not worth a whole post. Becky watched him one day when I was in Dallas and she said 'Never again' - so it is not just me.)
Coach clicked in. I answered. My throat was not closing but I was panting like a fricking dog that had just pulled a sled up Mount Everest. It was a huge effort to talk and drive and breathe. "Coach. Bad allergy reaction. I am heading back to doctor. Call babykins' mom and tell her to meet me at the doc office. Can't talk."
Coach later told me (because news flash: I survived) that he could not stop shaking. He wanted to call 911, but he didn't know my location. He didn't even know the name of my doctor or the location of the office. (Um, I have told him where the office is before, but that is another story that will never be told, because listening is not a thing for men and I don't have to tell you all that). He wished I had kept him on speaker phone. I guess I could have, but I was concentrating on staying alive and my thoughts weren't exactly crystal.
Then my gut started to feel weird and I worried I would soil myself before I got to the doctor. Death might have been a welcome alternative at that point. I was not driving slowly - actually I don't know how I was driving, but if a cop had tried to pull me over it would have been an all-out replica of the OJ-chase in a white van. No way was I stopping now that bathroom issues had started to threaten to undo me.
More to come, bear with me (you know I survive, so I think you can handle the cliff hanger here) . . .