Monday, April 30, 2012

Napping on a roller coaster

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an ICU room with a view... I see a quilt

So reading my post from Friday is laughable now.

I was well on my way towards relaxing... we went to dinner at a Mexican food restaurant on Friday night after the softball game just like we always do.  I had the same food and same everything but my body decided that it was allergic to something.

My lips started feeling a little funny on the way home.  Five minutes later we got home and I went into the bathroom to see that my upper lip was really puffy.  Huh.

I ran into Steve in the hallway and he promptly pulled me into the light and his eyes got huge.  He was a paramedic for 8 years so you know it's not good when he calls 911.

He told me to sit down on the couch and that the paramedics were coming to give me some medicine.  Notice the distinct absence of a ride in the ambulance mentioned?

Why are firemen and paramedics always cute?  And remember I'm married to a former one so I feel I have a little more latitude to talk about looks here. ;)

So in walk the firemen and paramedics.  I wish I could say that I had that nice bee-sting quality to my lips that lots of women pay for.  I did not though.  I know this because I could see, out of my puffy eyes, my own lips protruding from my face.  I also couldn't talk by this point because my tongue was so swollen and my throat was closing so I couldn't even greet the men in my living room.

They start working on me and I hear Steve ask when they were going to "roll".  Roll what?  I'm thinking.  Turns out that's code for leaving in the ambulance. 

The next several hours were a blur of needles, IV's, injections, breathing treatments, meds, doctors, nurses... and Steve asking if he could take a picture.  He was totally kidding of course!

Nothing was really working so that's when the doctor decided to admit me "upstairs".  I eventually got settled in a room with glass walls.  That should have been my first clue that I was in ICU but I didn't figure that out until the nurse kept coming in every 30 minutes and I complimented her on her attentiveness.  She said something about that's what they do in the ICU.  Oh.  But she really was awesome too. 

Throughout the night she kept coming in along with someone else giving breathing treatments.  She gave me Benadryl and other stuff while the other person was giving me epinephrine.  That combo of medications makes you feel like you are trying to take a nap on a roller coaster.  I pretty much sat straight up in bed all night.  Had I not been tethered by IVs in each arm, I would have put my hands in the air.  It was that fun

I got to go home on Saturday and I am the proud owner of two Epipens.  I have an appointment with an allergist to figure out what I'm allergic to.  My face is pretty much back to normal and I can almost sleep normally.  Needless to say, this episode scared me and pretty much everyone around me.  And in all seriousness, I'm really thankful for a husband who is calm and knows that to do in an emergency and of course all the people who helped me along the way.  I knew I was in good hands and that made a huge difference for me.

hospital curtain inspiration

While waiting on Saturday to be released I was still a bundle of jittery energy so I took note of my surroundings.  You really can find quilt inspiration anywhere. ;)

So.  How was your weekend??



48 comments:

Heather D. said...

Oh my goodness, how frightening. Glad to hear that things are on the up though.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

So glad you are okay. Allergies are so scary.

Kris from DukeSaysSewWhat said...

Wow, it was nothing like yours! Glad you are better.

Taya@TypeB said...

OH my goodness, Jennifer! I'm glad that cool heads prevailed and you were able to get the help you needed. Sounds scary, indeed and I'm glad you're back home where you should be. Take it easy!!

M-R said...

Holy cow, what a crazy experience! Poor you! Glad you recovered quickly!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Oh, good gravy Girl! What a scary experience! Yikes! Very thankful that all turned out well and I hope you get some answers soon!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Even though I knew about your weekend, reading this post was SCARY! I'm SO glad you are getting better. Hope someone is able to identify the culprit ASAP.

P.S. I agree with you: firemen/ paramedics are HOT. I'm pretty sure it is a requirement.

Amy Friend said...

Yikes, how scary! I hope you can get to the bottom of things and figure out your allergy. I bet you are skipping the Mexican this week.

EG said...

Hooray for marrying a paramedic! Glad he called 911 and they got you almost back to normal.

Wendy said...

Glad to know that you are ok. Having that type of reaction can be a very scary thing.

Julierose said...

Wow, Jennifer, how scarey!! I'm happy you are ok; love the way you were still looking for quilt-ey inspiration--even throughout all that!! Hope you feel better soon...Julierose

The Tulip Patch said...

I am so glad you are ok! That is such a scary story! That seems like a VERY serious allergy and I hope you find out what it is. I hope the tests nowadays are better than what they did when I was a kid. Get better soon and let us know when you find out what caused such a serious reaction for you.

Carla said...

Well my weekend was much quieter than yours and a lot less scarey. Wow. But I had to giggle when you wrote about wanting to throw your hands up in the air. I don't do well on roller coasters so I would have been clutching the bed.
Glad you're better.

Toni said...

Oh my! Scary stuff there, lady! Glad to hear everything turned out ok and I hope they are able to figure out what you reacted to!

Andrea said...

Holy crap, Jennifer, I'm so glad you are okay! What a frightening ordeal. I hope you find out what you're allergic to, and that it isn't one of those 'common' foods that makes it so hard. I had to giggle though, your comment... Had I not been tethered by IVs in each arm, I would have put my hands in the air. It was that fun.
It's good to find the humour :-)

I'm glad you're feeling better. and, yes, I agree....those darn fire and ambulance medics, they are so darn attractive.

Charlotte said...

oh my goodness - how scary! Glad you are on the mend, and I hope they get to the bottom of it! xx

Jen said...

You're so lucky to have a smart cookie for a hubby!

The year my mom turned 40 (my current age.... hm...) she was in San Francisco with her sister - and they walked through a fish market - and mom had a reaction like you did - and she'd eaten seafood all her life! Her body had decided it had had enough shellfish - She didn't even have to ingest it - being near it was enough of a trigger...

About 2 weeks later, she had a piece of pineapple-upside-down cake - and had the same reaction - her eyes swelled, her lips swelled - she looked like she'd been beaten - my dad was afraid to call the ambulance because he thought he'd be charged with abuse!

Turns out, she had developed a "late-life" allergy to shellfish, pineapple, and aspirin.

Keep those epipens close - and your sweetie closer! Glad you're ok!

Paul said...

Glad to hear all is heading back to "normal".

My wife had a similar ordeal a few months into our dating life. That can be very scary.

Katie said...

My weekend? It was nowhere near as exciting as yours, and I think that's probably a good thing! Glad you're ok :-)

quilt happy said...

so glad you are better

liz said...

Jennifer, I'm so glad that you're okay! I hope you figure this out soon and that you can avoid your allergen(s)!
xo

Kim said...

I am so glad you were not alone and are doing okay!!

Becky said...

YIKES! How scary! I'm sure your husband wasn't too thrilled with the ride. One of my boys has food allergies, and although he's never required the epi pen we carry, he's had reactions that have sent us to the ER. It's terrifying! So glad he recognized the symptoms and that you were close to help and with people. The allergist will be $$$ and no fun, but at least you'll have some answers. Be sure they absolutely know about your reaction and are prepared, as I'm sure you know, it can happen again, even at the doctor's office :-O. Best of luck!

Needled Mom said...

That doesn't sound like a fun way to spend a weekend!!!!! Glad it all turned out well for you and that you had such a knowledgeable hubby.

Quilt designs abound wherever we look, don't they?

Ebeth said...

You poor thing!! I'm glad you're doing better and hope you can get to the bottom of what created this reaction.

NOT that I'm comparing you to a dog, because that would be rude but I did just have a similar scare with my dog. I came home and his face was HUGE and we had to rush him to the emergency vet because he couldn't breathe through his nose and his throat was also swelling. So again, NOT comparing you to a dog but I do understand how frightening the situation is. :)

So glad you had a cool, calm husband there to get you all taken care of!

lindaroo said...

Forgive me, but "Had I not been tethered by IVs in each arm, I would have put my hands in the air. It was that fun. " has me laughing out loud! Only because you've assured us, first, that you're okay. What a scare! Take care of yourself.

Just Carol said...

If this wasn't so scary, I would have laughed out loud at your story. Okay, so I laughed a little bit out loud about your "nap on a roller coaster" comment. Glad your story had a good ending.

Jackie said...

So glad you're ok and thankful that someone was around who recognized what was going on.

sandra said...

Well my weekend was quiet compared to yours. I am thankful the you are alright but how scary. You are lucky you have a smart husband mine would have been asking me what should we do because I am the nurse and he is clueless in an emergency. I hope you can find out what caused it and keep those eppi pens close. Blessings sandra

CitricSugar said...

Holy crap! Sounds like quite the ordeal.

Very glad you've got a husband who knows what's what and that you were able to get help so quickly. I shudder to think. Anaphylaxis is so scary. Happy you're okay now.

Betty Lou said...

That is so scarey, so glad your hubby knew what to do. No more rollercoaster/naps for you, Do you think it was something in the Mexican food or maybe a bite at the ball field?

QuiltyGirl said...

Wow, I'm so glad you are ok!

Stephanie Davison said...
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Stephanie Davison said...

Sheesh! I think I see an adrenaline junky in the making. lol

Tamie said...

Wow. I'm not sure my husband would have been calm and I know I would have been telling myself that it would be fine if I just waited it out. I'm glad you didn't try that.

Josie McRazie said...

SO glad to hear you are OK!! ummmm yup! Those firemen are sexy as ... well you get my drift!!
Oh, did I mention my Honeyman is a firefighter! LOL

Elsa said...

So glad that Steve is so attentive and you got to the hospital!

carolyn said...

scary story...SO glad you're OK!!
I too married a cute firefighter! and yes, I too think they are ALL cute!

April said...

So glad you are alright! it's so funny that Quilters see quilts EVERYWHERE! to funny about the hospital curtains! April @Little mama Hen

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

That sounds terrible, so glad you are home and feeling better. Sounds like you'll have to lay off the Mexican which is a bummer. Hope the allergist can find the problem and that it's not too common a food. High fives all round for your super cool and savvy family taking such good care of you!

Kristie said...

Yikes! Glad you are okay!

Tamara said...

agreed on the cuteness of firefighters and paramedics... glad that you are ok!

QuiltNut Creations said...

So scary! Glad you are okay.

Carla said...

My goodness, girl, what you won't do to get a room full of cute guys to pay attention to you!!! Seriously, I am so thankful that you are okay. As my sister-in-law was told when she was in Japan and had a similar experience..."No More Sushi!"

Ginger said...

Eeeeekkk Jennifer! I had allergy tests years ago and have lots of food allergies. One that really lit up was avocado. I was told not to eat it any more. My allergist said I could eat it for years and nothing would probably happen but it only takes once. Well I've been eating it for years but after your little adventure I think I'll start leaving the guacamole alone. Waaaaahhhh!!! Glad you're better and I can't wait to find out what did this to you girl!!!
Ginger

Katy Cameron said...

Oh wow, I bet that was scary! It's funny how sometimes you kind of feel allergies creeping on (that happened with me with kiwi fruit, I was too dumb to work out the gradual throat closing thing for a while!) and then other times it hits you like a brick (that was bananas for me). Hope you work out the cause soon!

Angie said...

Oh my WORD! What a scary time that had to be. You're so fortunate to have a hubby that knows what to do. Wow. Glad to hear you are back home and had enough wits about you to find quilt inspiration. I would've been a hot mess.

Lynne said...

I know it was two months ago (I am still catching up) but man, that must have been scary for Chany too! I hope you are fully recovered, know what foods to avoid and never need your epipen.

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