From the scare the crap out of me files

Guess why I wasn’t feeling any better? (with the exception of my chest feeling better) I thought that it had moved up into my throat. Not so much. After a very scary coughing fit this morning, during which I could not breath and swallowing was very difficult, the thought occurred to me: “Am I having an allergic reaction to the antibiotic?”

Once I got under control a bit I took a dose of my son’s asthma inhaler (yes, I know – throw me federal prison) and a dose of benadryl. Next I called my doctor. After a quick go around with the answering service I have prescription cough syrup and a new antibiotic.

About a half hour after taking the benadryl my throat felt so much better I could hardly believe it. It’s still sore from all the coughing I did but now it doesn’t feel like I’m being choked.

The only other symptoms I had was vomiting (ick TMI) after the really violent coughing fits, stomach upset but most people get that on antibiotics, and my face looks a little bit swollen.

I always thought that allergic reactions like this happened really quickly after the dose of medicine that you are allergic to, turns out it took me 4-5 days before I got bad.

Right now I’m a little whacked from the benadryl & codeine cough syrup (wheeeeeeeeeee), I am going to try to stitch a bit. We’ll see how that goes. lol

Anyway thanks for listening to me vent.

P.S. Yes, this is the first time I’ve ever had a violent allergic reaction. And yes this info will be getting into all of my medical files.

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11 Responses to From the scare the crap out of me files

  1. Emily says:

    Glad you got to the bottom of it before it got worse…hope you’ll be mending soon!

  2. Brigitte says:

    I hope you will feel better soon with the different set of antibiotics.

  3. Shelleen says:

    Glad that it all worked out. I don’t care if you used your son’s inhaler if it saved your life. There are exceptions to every rule.

  4. My DD#2 reacted much the same way to sulfa drugs when she was younger. Scared the poop out of me when I figured it out. Doc says that such allergies can worsen with exposure. So, definitely have it marked on all your medical histories! I’m just glad your reaction wasn’t more violent! Hope now that you can get about the business of feeling better. Well,…maybe milk it for a while so you can get lots of stitching in. 😉

  5. Sara says:

    Oh my goodness, I’m glad you figured it out and you’re okay! Allergic reactions are funny, some don’t show up for a long time and they can definitely worsen with exposure after your body has decided to be allergic to something as Cheryl said. Don’t forget to let your pharmacy know too when you’re letting all your doctors know about the allergy. Sometimes doctors miss allergies when they prescribe but the pharmacy’s software will catch them. Hope you feel better with the new drugs!

  6. Karen says:

    How scary!! I’m glad you’re okay. I think using your son’s inhaler was a good idea, too.

  7. Allergic reactions are scary! I’m glad you’re okay now and hopefully on them mend. If you can stitch while taking Benadryl, I’m impressed!

  8. JenJen says:

    Yikes! Glad you finally figured out what it was and got yourself back to rights – well almost anyway. 🙂 Hope you have it entirely kicked in short order.

  9. Debbie says:

    Good thing you caught that reaction in time. Very scary. I’ll be interested to know how the stitching went with all that in your system. I’ve be walking around like a drunk fool or sleeping.

  10. Holly says:

    How scary!!! I know I’m allergic to codeine… going into it in any way would be TMI… LOL.

    I’m glad you figured things out and that your reaction wasn’t too severe.

    (Hugs) Hope you feel better soon!

  11. Melissa A says:

    Yikes! That is scary, I hope you are feeling better now!

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