For us, the right choice was to get that vaccine as soon as we were eligible and could get our arms on that liquid gold. A hot commodity around these parts.
Took my two girls a week ago for their H1N1 vaccine. They did great. A couple of tears, followed by sore arms for a few days. Now hopefully they are protected from the virus that is putting so many people in the ICU.
So now it was my turn.
Went the clinic once it was open to the General Public.
Stood in line with 300 other people for 20 minutes for the privilege of being protected. Courtesy of our Canadian Health System.
Took it in the arm.
Waited 15 minutes and was on my way.
Something wasn’t ……..right.
My tongue was…itchy? My lips were buzzing? My palette was burning?
I was panicking.
Called the Health Unit.
“You may be having an anaphylactic reaction. If you are having trouble breathing call 911. If not get to a Doctor.”
Now I am panicking. I am home alone and I am scared. Did I also mention I may also be a bit of a hypochondriac.
My tongue looks swollen to me. Doesn’t it look like my throat is swelling up. Is it getting harder to swallow.
How about I just get behind the wheel of my giant SUV and drive to the Doctor’s office. Brilliant idea.
The good news. When you tell the receptionist at the Docs office that you think you are having a scary reaction to the H1N1 shot you just received…you get right in.
Let’s shorten this up now.
Doc checked me.
mmm More concerned about my spiking temperature then anything else?
(Duh…perhaps because I am having an anxiety attack now??)
Sit in the waiting room and wait for a re-check……..to see if I’m gonna die.
Send up a little prayer.
Basically, Doc sends me home because he has never seen a reaction like this before and tells me it’s been two hours and doesn’t know what else to do for me. He tells me to watch for symptoms of my throat swelling up. And no, he can’t guarantee the worst is over. NICE. Second opinion please?
Home I drive. Trying to keep it together. Looking at my tongue in the rear view mirror at every stop light. My heart is still racing. I am so pathetic.
Meanwhile the Hubs has talked to 2 other people who have had the EXACT same reactions!!! Why are we not told this?
Symptoms of swelling lips, buzzing tongue, tingling pallet. Not that uncommon? Don’t panic girl.
Slow steady breaths.
Now I just have to get through the next 24-48 hours and this too shall pass.
If I had known this was a possibility would I have had the shot?
I honestly don’t know.
Hope none of you have had a scary experience like this one…hope I’m the only one who found out this week that she is allergic to pigs.
I’m sorry I haven’t been around to spread the comment love…got a little post traumatic stress going on here. Thanking God this happened to me and not one of my children.
I'm often amazed and confused by the bizarre happenings behind the closed and competitive doors of the typical suburban home. The following is a place to share my thoughts and reflections on daily life as I try to navigate this crazy and wonderful world.