When we got there, the gym was decorated in lots of balloons. My previous latex reaction flared up, the worst it has been since my week in the ICU (where a "latex free" hospital had to order special catheters just to meet my needs). I was in the gymnasium only a matter of seconds before my stoked eye was burning and watering. Soon the entire left side of my mouth, anywhere that the feeling hasn't totally normalized yet, basically that entire side of my mouth) felt like that significant "burning" sensation you might know from when an arm or leg "falls asleep" and looses blood flow long enough that it hurts to get circulation going in it again, more than just annoying prickles or pins and needles, but actual pain.
I took a Benadryl when my throat started to tighten and right eye started to burn and water too and even the right side of my mouth started feeling funny. I also moved my Epi-Pen to the top of my purse, for easy access if the reaction continued to progress, but thankfully never needed to use it. This kind of thing so frustrates me because I am not wanting nor trying to draw attention to myself and get so tired of always being the one to cause problems. I just wanted to enjoy my son's moment in the spotlight!!! I wanted to cry at the though I might need to leave.
Next I had a full-on TN attack, the worst I have yet to experience. Not sure what I am talking about? This video explains.
This (along with the left side of my eye and face being my first alerts to danger) was a new post-stroke facet to my reaction. It was bad enough I asked my mom to dig through her purse to see if she had any Tylenol. She only had Aleve (that I haven't taken since the stroke due to the stroke risk warning on the bottle, even though this would be totally unrelated to my cause of strokes), but I was desperate enough that I took one.
My mouth is still more painful and numb than normal, today, but so much better than last night. But the throat relaxed with about 10-15 minutes of the dose of Benadryl and the intense pain in my eye/ear/face/jaw started subsiding after about 1/2 hour. I still have a bit of a sore throat today, but no breathing concerns.
Kendra and I stroked, in our honors.What a humbling blessing!
When I've got to go, I've got to go. If I'm someone tells me I must and I'm thinking about it and need to go, I can't. I think this comes from all those weeks in the hospital when I could only attempt to use the restroom on the nurse's schedule and often couldn't go by the time my call button was answered, even if I really had a full bladder by then. "Shy bladder" the nurses called it. Today, the lab tech had gone on and on about how much urine I needed to collect for her. I told my mom that my bladder was so full that I easily should have been able to give her the sample as soon as we got there, but the more the nurse emphasized the need and the amout, the more stressed and anxious I grew. By the time I tried, I couldn't go at all.
I asked my mom to come in and run water and tried all the tricks I know, but nothing was working. I tried twice, both before and after the blood draw and after drinking about six cups full of water. At one point in the giggle fest I asked my mom, "So how am I going to blog this one?" That question just got us laughing all the harder, still without the needed result.
Finally we ended up leaving the lab, running some errands, and taking my little cup with us to bring back to the lab by the deadline an hour away. On the way home from the lab, after our successful (finally!) delivery, I turned to my mom and said, "Now I need to go to the bathroom!" The rest of the day I could have filled a boatload of those little cups! I now have a supply of cups of my own so I can collect at home and bring to the lab the next time I need to.
Philippians 4:11-12 "Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little."