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Sunday, October 31, 2004

And Because I Had Nothing Else Better To Do

I spent some time last night at the Emergency Room.

We went out to eat at a Chinese buffet restaurant. We have eaten at this restaurant numerous times over the past years,and I have never given it a second thought.

But oddly enough as we pulled up to the restaurant I found myself wondering how careful they are in handling their food and preventing cross contamination of foods. I should have heeded my intuition. You see, I have a deadly shellfish allergy, but I have not had a reaction in probably 30 years. I stopped carrying my epi pens around with me quite some time ago and the ones I have at home have expired. I have always been careful of what I ate, but not overly vigilant as far as cross contamination. I guess I have just been lucky all these past years.

But my luck came to an end last night. We ate at the buffet and I remarked that there was more shellfish in the buffet than anything else. The only things I ate were the General Tsao's chicken and friend rice.

By the time we finished eating and went out to our van I was having trouble breathing and feeling nauseous. I sent Rob into the neighboring K-Mart for Benadryl and by the time he came back my mouth and throat were itching. I took the Benadryl and after a few minutes in the parking lot we made the decision to go to the Emergency Room.

There I was hooked up to all the monitors and they used the doppler to check the baby's heartrate just as a precaution. The Benadryl had begun to help some and so the doctor asked if I wanted to start with prednisone and hold off getting the the epi shot. So I took the prednisone and sat around being "observed". After a couple hours, I got to leave, new epi pen and prednisone in hand.

I collected Rob and the kids from the petri dish known as the waiting room. As soon as we got back to the van I wiped them all down with antibacterial wipes I had in my pocketbook.

Today I feel totally wiped out. And not sure how long it will be before I can get excited about Chinese food again.





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Blogger Jodi said...

Oh No! That must be a pretty difficult allergy to eat out with. I think it would be a very long while before I ventured into a Chinese restaurant again! Glad you and the baby are ok.

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Buffets to me are kind of terrifying anyways ... this gives me one more reason to be squicked. ;)

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