Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Day My Throat Closed Up


I have mentioned in a few posts how my husband works in the Netherlands and is only home about 60% of the time, meaning I'm alone a lot with my kids. This can give me anxiety because I'm that person who thinks I will have an aneurysm or heart attack during the time my husband isn't home and one of my poor children will find me unresponsive in bed. Or someone will break in and take my kids... or I will break my hand and not be able to call for help... or my car will die... and the list goes on. I have taught my kids what to do in case of an emergency and refuse to let both my older kids have a sleepover at someone's house on the same night because who is going to call for help if it's just the baby and me? You may think I'm a bit nuts or dramatic or paranode, but guess what?! Yesterday, something happened and it only solidified my paranoia because for a brief moment, I thought I wasn't going to make it.

The day started as any other Sunday had. I was woken by my toddler, who climbed in bed with me and Lukas, who had slept with me. I nursed, we cuddled and I turned on Little Einsteins so I could get a few extra minutes of shut eye. We got up, I got ready, we had breakfast and I did my chores around the house while the boys played. Heidi, my 9 year old, had stayed the night at grandma's so she wasn't home. I decided to head to the grocery store before Heidi was to get dropped off and we were to go to church. I packed the boys up, grabbed some snacks and we were on our way.

About 2 minutes into the drive I had a drink of my flavored sparkling water... I hadn't eaten a lot that morning and I hate grocery shopping on an empty stomach so a sparkling water was just what I was craving. Within a minute of taking my first drink, I felt my throat start to go numb and my tongue start to swell. Like, really swell. My first instinct was to panic but since I had the boys with me I knew I needed to keep calm and make sure I could still breath. When I had the chance, I pulled over and reached for my first aid kit to get the Benadryl out. I figured that couldn't hurt. But there wasn't any left {I must have used it all for Heidi during allergy season and forgot to refill the first aid kit}. I started to get worried but realized I could make it to the drug store down the street and buy something to help. At this point, my throat was pretty swollen, my tongue was swollen and my right ear had lost most of it's hearing. I was so freaking scared but I didn't want to scare the boys. 


I decided to just go straight to the store since it wasn't that much farther. Once we got there, I grabbed both boys, threw them in a shopping cart and we briskly walked to the pharmacy section to get some allergy medicine. I opened the box right then and there, I didn't even care how it looked. I took one and within a few minutes could feel my tongue start to deflate and my throat go back to normal. But it took a while for my hearing to come back. I paid for the medicine, had some water and went on with my shopping. Once I got back to the car, I noticed how much I had of my flavored sparkling water; I had only drank about a tablespoon before my allergy kicked in. And the strange part is, I literally have been drinking this flavored sparkling water everyday for the last 6 months... you could say I'm a bit addicted. 

Here's the thing, I have never experienced a food allergy before. I have no allergies that I know of. I have seen friends have food allergy attacks and have read about them many times. I know people can develope an allergy at any time in their life; however, I'm not sure this was an actual food allergy but maybe a case of a tainted product? This drink was the last in a case that I had already drunk with zero issues. But what really gets to me is if I had had more to drink than just a sip, how much worse would the reaction have been? I know some might think this is no big thing but for a few scary minutes, I didn't know if the swelling would slow. I just had flashes of me calling for help and then suffocating on the side of the road with my two sweet boys buckled in the back and scared. I know, it's dramatic but not totally farfetched either. 

I would LOVE to know if this has happened to any of you and how you handled it?? What do you think it was and do you think I should see a doctor? I feel fine now but will lay off the flavored sparkling water for a while ha. Oh, and going to church after taking Benadryl was not a good choice either, but more on that another day. 


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  1. That was an extremely dangerous situation you were in! My son has a very serious peanut/tree nut allergy. I know quite a bit about this.
    YOU NEED TO KNOW....every food related allergic reaction, is multiplied worse than the previous one. That means, the next time you may NOT make it, if you are not prepared.
    YES....you need to see a doctor and tell them what happened. See an allergist, and get tested so they can determine just WHAT you have developed an allergy to. Bring the brand of selzter water you drank. But really, the bottle may have been contaminated with a non-ingredient.
    Be sure you are prescribed an EPI-PEN, and are trained how to use it.
    What you SHOULD HAVE DONE, is drive directly to the nearest fire station (where there are paramedics)or hospital emergency room! Benedryl and the like generally takes several minutes to get in your system and work. It's generally added after the Epi-Pen, which should be done at any POSSIBILITY of a reaction. (It can't hurt you if you use it and it wasn't needed, but if you use it too late when you did, because you procrastinated....you could lose your life.)

    I am SO GLAD you are ok. Your kids need their Mama so....PLEASE take this incident very, very seriously, and go to the doctors. It very likely can and will happen again. You want to be ready. <3

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  2. Laura, I really appreciate the info and feedback. Yes, I agree that I didn't take the situation as seriously as I should have at first. Looking back now, driving to the hospital, which was very near by, would have been the better option. I have already scheduled an appointment with my doctor. The flavor was Mango and I know that they can be highly allergenic. To be safe, I have thrown out all the mango products in my house, which was a lot since I eat them all the time! Thanks again for the advice!

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  3. I'm glad your okay and have scheduled a doctors appointment. Better to be safe than sorry.
    - Amanda Shuman | www.carrylovedesigns.com/blog

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  4. Holy creepy. All the things you described in your first paragraph go through my mind constantly so it is a valid concern. As for your allergy. Hubby has eaten avocados for as long as I have known him, but in the past year-ish; he has been allergic all of a sudden. Hay too! He's always been fine, but Halloween 2014, he was sitting on a hay bale and his throat started to close up! Never happened before, but he is now allergic to avocado and hay and Benadryl is a must have on hand if we go near either one of them! PS: Glad you are okay!!!

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    1. Oh gosh, your poor hubby! Glad that he figured it out and it hasn't gotten any worse! Thank you for sharing! xx

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  5. How incredibly scary and so thankful you and the kids are fine! I had a mild reaction to a bee sting. I know now I am not allergic, but I had never been stung before and when I started to swell and it was just me and my 9 month old at home, I didn't wait to feel my throat close..I called 911. They showed up in less than 5 minutes. It was a normal localized reaction, Thank God, but they did not make me feel bad in any way for having overreacted.

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    1. After I went to the doc yesterday, they told me I was really dumb for not calling 911! Honestly, it never occurred to me to call 911. Now I know and I got an Epi Pen. Thank you for sharing your experience!!

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  6. Oh my goodness, good for you for staying so calm! I always worry I'll freak my kids out in an emergency! I hope you figure out what the problem was asap!

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  7. I'm so glad this situation turned out alright! What a scary thing to experience!

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  8. Yes, you need to see a doctor! My sister has food allergies and has never taken it seriously. She just avoids it and figures she is ok. Well, she had an incident that scared her and her husband. Her work catered an event and the lady that put it together made sure her food was prepared separately and everything. That night, at a wedding, she drank from one of her co-workers glass and with that many hours between lunch and a wedding she had an allergy attack from what her friend had ate. Ambulance, ER, the whole nine yards.

    Every time she has had a reaction it has been worse than the first. She now has to carry an Epi-Pen with her. Never take this with a grain of salt. Go to the doc, push to get allergy tested, and have the comfort in mind that you will know what to do!

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    1. I went to the doctor last night and was given an EpiPen. I feel so much better knowing I have one until the tests come back letting me know what I'm allergic to. Thank you for your story and advice!

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  9. Oh no, that was a scary situation! It was good that you didn't panic since you had the little ones with you, but you definitely need to get an epi-pen because it sounds like you are highly allergic to something in that water! I hope you get it all resolved soon and so glad you were okay!

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    1. I got one!! And I feel so much better! Thank you so much!

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  10. oh my...I sincerely hope everything will be much better from now on and I can imagine if it happens to me as well. Epi-pen is a must and have it handy all the time. Stay healthy, Ashleigh :)

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  11. This was a very serious medical situation, Im glad it turned out for the best. Maybe also a medical bracelet would be a good idea. Stay well!!

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  12. Oh my gosh! How scary! I am so glad everything turned out ok. I am so glad I get to co-host with you on Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesdays!

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  13. Ashley, I appreciate your transparency in this post. In fact, I have chosen to feature it from last week's Thursday Favorite Things Linkup, so drop by my site on Thursday.

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney

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  14. OMG that is so scary, you did really well not to go into panic mode.. I know I would have, I am glad you are better now.. Thankfully I don't have any allergies but I know my husband suffers with many not quite this extreme though. Take care xx

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  15. Ashley, I am so glad that you and your kids are OK! I read your first paragraph and immediately recognized some of the same feelings I had regarding my children when when husband spent months at a time out of the country working! Thank you so much for your honesty! And thank you for sharing this with us! Hugs- Christine at Must Love Home

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  16. Oh that's so scary. Looks like you dealt with it really well!

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