Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday Words {accessories}

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image from Pillow Sew Cute
 Thank you all so much for your comments on my last post!  I helps a lot to know that I'm not the only one who has had a freak allergic reaction.  It was also fun to have my theory confirmed about all firemen and paramedics being cute. ;)

I'm still not feeling great so there's nothing going on in my sewing room.  I did see an allergist yesterday but because my body is still reacting to whatever the heck I ate; he couldn't do the full blown allergy tests.  He did do some blood work and I'll go back in two weeks for the other tests but until then, I get to wait. 

At my appointment I did get some good information on what to do if it happens again.  When I was discharged from the hospital, I was given a prescription for two Epipens.  Steve got the prescription filled, we read the instructions, practiced with the "practice" injection, and I put them in my purses.

I also purchased two pouches {one pictured above}  from Pillow Sew Cute on Etsy.  Karen is not only super helpful... she also has great taste in fabric!  I thought about making my own pouch but I really liked her clear labeling and design.  It makes better sense to have something easily identified just in case someone else needs to find the pouch for me.

I did kind of wonder why they gave me two Epipens so I asked the doctor about it yesterday.

The Doctor:  how many pens do you have in that purse with you?

Me:  One.

The Doctor:  let me guess, you thought that one was for your black purse and the second one was for your brown purse.

Me:  well, something like that...

The Doctor:  {smiling} no dear, these are not for your accessories.

So not only did I find a good allergist... he's also got jokes.

BTW, if you are wondering, they give you two Epipens because you are supposed to carry both of them {or at least I am}.  One injection lasts about 10 minutes so having two gives you 20 minutes to get help.  It's also a good idea to have two just in case you mess up the first one.  Now having two makes a lot more sense. ;)

I'm trying to find the humor in this but I am having some anxiety as well.  It's hard not knowing what I'm allergic to and what to avoid.  For example... a tray of fruit was brought in to my office yesterday.  Along with my other co workers, I started to get a plate but then I stopped myself.  I realized that I didn't know how that fruit had been handled or if I'm even allergic to the actual fruit. 

It's definitely going to be a big lifestyle change and I am so fortunate that Steve is completely on board.  That definitely makes this easier. :)




17 comments:

Jeanie said...

I think in any medical issue, not-knowing is the roughest part. You don't know how to rally the troups until you know what you are fighting against. I hope you find out your culprit(s) soon, and can plan your attack and get on with your life. Meanwhile, feel better and take it a day at a time.
Blessings.

Sarah Lou said...

Cool case! Thanks for the link, I might have to buy one. I was recently diagnosed with some funky allergies, it's a pain at first but it's amazing how quickly it all becomes normal. Hope you recover quickly.

Denise said...

Thanks for the link! I have to carry an Epi pen and like you, I have one in a different purse, in a make-up pouch where no one would probably think to look. I will be ordering one of these little cases and be carrying them both from now on.

Live a Colorful Life said...

If you have to carry something important like your epi-pen, then carrying it in a cute pouch is definitely the best. Wonder if they come in orange....

Tamie said...

If your allergist didn't warn you, your cells are super sensitive for awhile and a second reaction to something totally different is not unheard of. I had a major reaction (not as bad as yours) to a sulfa drug and a few months later had another reaction when I was out of town. We never did determine what caused that one. The same thing happened to my daughter. Hope you are back to yourself soon.

Deborah said...

That is the perfect case. I can certainly understand any anxiety surrounding the unknown factors related to your reaction. Take good care of yourself!

Susan said...

Hope you are feeling better soon and the doctors can find out what you need to avoid. Your doctor sounds fun, is he good looking too?

Josie McRazie said...

OMG can I just tell you how crazy cute these pouches are! I think I have to get one for my daughter! We have to carry around meds (for seizures) and these are so much cuter than the ugly black pouch I carry them in! Thank you for the link!

stitchinpenny said...

I am allergic to strawberries. I ate strawberries with no effect until I was 16 then it happened, a reaction, just a rash and some swelling, but I was warned it could get worse and fast. I have had numerous reactions since then, but 2 really scary ones. The first occurred at a friends house and I didn't eat strawberries or anything that has touched them, there were just enough around that the doctor's theory was there was something airborne that cause the red eyes, the rash and then suddenly the problems with breathing, I was rushed to the hospital where I was given a prescription for benadryl to take if my eyes started itching and an Epipen if the other symptoms occurred after exposure. about 10 years later we went to Italy, I normally had my benadryl and Epipen, but it was in the backpack and I was carrying my purse - the exposure was very minor. We had gelato and the lady rinsed the scoop in a water bucket, same bucket for all flavors. I was stupid, I noticed the first symptoms in the restaurant but we were meeting my husband's relatives so I thought it would wait until we got back to the hotel since the reaction wasn't immediately severe. We stepped out into the near freezing air 5 minutes later and I could barely breathe. We drove the 5 minutes to the hotel and I couldn't get the benadryl down. After 3 tries I finally got it down, but I was still having severe breathing problems. I passed out, and my husband and daughter thought I fell asleep. I awoke 3 hours later breathing at a better level, but I should have used the epipen and gone to a hospital.

Doctor's even in foreign countries can do a much better job of evaluating your symptoms. Good luck with the allergy,

amidthismoment said...

That's really cool that you found a pouch specifically labeled for your epipen. If anyone ever has to dig it out for you, it will be easy to find. Besides, the fabric is fabulous. I hope you're able to figure out what caused your reaction soon. I can't imagine how scary it must be constantly wondering if something is going to set it off. Good luck.

-Bobbi

Kate said...

Oh, that would be really hard not knowing what you're allergic too. I hope you find out soon xx
And that little pouch is really cute. You can anything on etsy can't you :)

Dawnmarie's Life said...

Back in 1991, I had been having some minor allergy events, and then all of a sudden, I had a huge one. By huge, I mean if we'd been further from the hospital I wouldn't be telling you this story. I went into anaphylactic shock and stopped breathing. To this day we aren't positive what caused it. For a while after, I was really hyper sensitive, kept having hives and minor swelling even on heavy doses of steroids. I went on a really strict diet for a bit until everything calmed down. After the testing, we decided it was probably over exposure to mold (which is in just about everything). Over time, we slowly started adding items I wasn't allergic to but that typically contain some mold spores (ie ketchup, pickles, lunch meat, etc) into my diet one at a time. If I didn't react, then the next week, I could add something else. Here I am, however many years out, and I haven't had another reaction, although I stay prepared for one. I can't eat mushrooms or artichokes, but that's all I really lost. I've learned that for me, when my allergies are flared up, I need to be more careful. So, if I'm having more allergy symptoms, I'll cut back to chicken, fish, and fresh fruits and veggies until everything calms down. I do that because mold is in everything and that's what I'm highly allergic to. Controlling my exposure keeps me safe, happy and with good quality of life.

I know it's really scary for you right now. I remember that feeling. Hold on, and know that things are going to get to normal again. You're going to learn over time how best to handle your own situation (cause they're all just a little different). And you're going to learn how to not be afraid of it. It takes time, but you get there.

gale said...

Thank you for the link to the case. My daughter carries epi pens for her nut allergies and we're always looking for cute cases. Sorry to hear about your new allergy. it sucks. :(

Elle said...

Geesh...while I've been off getting married you've been having all sorts of fun! I hope the next two weeks are calm and that you can figure out what it is (and that it is easily avoidable). Allergies are so weird...I've heard of lots of people developing them over time (usually more with intolerances than true allergies), but that is so scary...especially when you've eaten everything before without a problem. I have a friend who got bitten by a tick in North Carolina and is now allergic to beef, pork, and lamb - a really freakish thing that has been really life-changing, given his love of BBQ (and the difficulty of figuring it out). I'll be thinking about you and hoping you don't need to direct someone to that lovely pouch.

Neicee said...

Wow scary huh! We went to a Wedding in NJ this past year. Have not seen some of these people in 25 years! My 21 year old daughter ate the lobster like she has millions of times before and bam...Allergic reaction.. We get in the ambulance and they are not equipted to help her she is getting worse so we meet another ambulance and that crew gets on board. I can tell you Mom was freaking out! Needless to say they said no more shell fish. This is all this kid eats! We live in Florida! Anyway she has gone through test after test and they still dont know exactly (maybe a seasoning?) what caused this reaction. Needless to say we saw these people we had not seen in years for oh about 20 minutes! YIKES expensive trip. I am glad you are better.

Angie said...

Leave it to you to make carrying an Epi Pen (or two!) cute. LOL!! And I love the fact that your allergist has a sense of humor. :)

Lynne said...

Yay for a supportive and sensible husband!

I would have done what you did with two epipens too.

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