As always this blog post comes with a "Don't do as Drea does, Drea is dumb warning. Drea treats her Mast Cell Disease dumbly. Talk to your doctor about proper treatment for your Mast Cell Disease. If you follow Drea's path Drea holds no responsibility in the event of serious injury, death or property damage. Seriously, don't do the stuff I do, I'm a trained professional. Or not.
Last weekend I suddenly got this horrible itchy throat. And at first I thought it was anaphylaxis and I rolled through the options. Do I epi and go to the ER? Do I epi and stay home? Do I not epi and just take oral anti-histamines?
Then I decided that I wasn't in anaphylaxis, that I was sick, my voice got super low which I've never had before with anaphylaxis, but has definitely happened with strep. I took a bunch of day-quil that didn't do anything and ate some ice cream, which also, didn't do anything. And it didn't really get better.
And today I came to the conclusion that I was ACTIVELY in anaphylaxis and I couldn't really breathe and maybe I should do something about it. I texted everyone I could think of to take my kids, and no one could. (Some for good reasons and some for not so good reasons, but I'm not bitter... really, it wasn't like it was a life or death situation... oh wait.) So I went and got a couple redbox movies for the kids and came home and took four benadryl and two atarax.
Suddenly I could breathe. My throat didn't itch, at all!
It was a Christmas miracle!
I laid in bed mostly unable to move (Wreck It Ralph is cute, who knew). Luckily I had a standing prescription for steroids, so I didn't even need to call my doctor for those. I do need to go see someone about the whole "I have no idea what set off a week long low-grade anaphylactic event" thing. That'd be good to have some answers about.