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09 March 2009 @ 10:09 pm
My severe allergic reaction!  
I just came home from my day of work in Maui, my reps had a seminar on the island so I wanted to be present to show my support. While I was there, I stopped off quickly in a Safeway to pick up some Maui Potato Chips (which - the real ones - are only sold on the island!) When I was there, I passed by a table with a guy behind it who was giving away free Maui News Newspapers and a $10 GC. In retrospect, he was a bit strange and asked me if I wanted a free paper. I told him I didn't and he said, "Who doesn't want a free paper?" So to be nice, I took it. I didn't even want it.

I carried it around the store for a while and deposited it near the cashier because I didn't know what I'd do with it. I paid for my potato chips and left. While still in the parking lot, I realized I had 3 VM messages and so I sat in my car for a bit and returned calls.

That's when it happened.

The palms of my hands became increasingly itchy, and swollen, and tingly, then numb. I was about 2 minutes away from the Kihei Branch so I drove there and went upstairs immediately to wash my hands - I knew something had to be wrong... By then my hands were SWOLLEN (they looked like Mickey Mouse gloves - but red, instead of white!) I couldn't even take off my wedding ring.

So I asked one of the girls in the branch and she said she'd take me to the hospital! Luckily, there was an Ugent Care Clinic next door, which I drove to myself. By the time I got there, my rep had finished with his client and had walked over to see how I was doing. He said that my neck and chest were getting red and splotchy and my face was turning red. My hands were hot and feverish, still burning, itching, etc... So damn weird.

When I saw the doctor he asked me what I ate - which is the same thing I eat everyday - a salad from Down To Earth (a local health food chain here...) Then he asked me to take off my blazer - which I did and the oddest thing - the swelling and the redness ENDED where my blazer sleeves begin - so it must have been topical and not ingested. I wasn't red or itchy anywhere else except for my neck and chest...

He gave me two shots and some oral antihistamine in case it was something I ingested, but asked me to make an appointment to see my real doctor tomorrow. The swelling went down a bit and when I left the clinic, my face and chest were semi clearing up...

I know it sounds silly, but I REALLY think it was the newspaper. I mean, I'd gotten warning emails about men who walk up to women and hand them a business card as they're filling gas, and there's something on the business card that makes them sick and they pass out... They follow the car and rob them... I didn't pay much attention to this email, but this seems rather similar. The guy was kind of strange. When I left he said, "God bless you." Which weirded me out and the paper was folded oddly and he was holding it at the top. I did use both hands to grab and hold the paper and the allergic reaction seemed to start within 5 to 10 minutes of leaving the store.

I stayed for the entire seminar, and caught the 8pm flight home, but feel a bit out of sorts still... so I informed BIG boss that I was taking tomorrow and going to see my real doctor - who knows what could have been on that paper? That was a pretty severe allergic reaction - and I'm not really allergic to anything (that I know of anyway...)

It's been a hard last several days (more has happened recently that I don't feel comfortable disclosing here.) But safe to say that I feel it's all catching up with me.
Current Mood: groggygroggy
Chelsea Frewchelseafrew on March 10th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
OMG! **hugs** It definitely sounds like that newspaper had something to do with your reaction. Smart for you to go to your doctor to follow up. You might want to report this guy, too, if it does look like the paper is what made you react that way.

I hope things start looking up. It is no fun to have many things go wrong at once.

Take care!
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment! I really do still think it had something to do with the paper, but because I left it at the store, there's no way to prove anything. I think the clinic said that a girl with a similar ailment came in earlier for treatment too - but she thought she'd eaten something.

Thanks for your comments!! HUGS!
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Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment, Sue!! The doctor said too that if I had waited, it would've spread and could've affected my breathing. :P So it is a good thing I went when I did!
purpletabbypurpletabby on March 10th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
Oy, that is really frightening...and I'd say your instincts are right, and it was probably the newspaper. I'm glad you got to a doctor, let us know how the second opinion goes too. That could have become a really dangerous situation, I'm glad you had the clarity of mind to get to an urgentcare centre. It's really hard when things gang up on you, so be sure to take the day of rest, and get feeling better soon.
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment here and on FB!! I appreciate it so much! :) It's a good thing the Urgent Care Clinic was right next door to the branch. I don't know what I would've done if it was across town... The doctor and staff there were really nice too - a definite plus. Thanks again for your sweet comments!!
Sheltiesheltiesong on March 10th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, yikes! You poor thing! *hugs*
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!! Thankfully I was able to see a doctor right away!
Markmarkbuster on March 10th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry! AND SO GLAD THAT YOU GOT CARE RIGHT AWAY. I am so afraid of things like this that I, seriously, keep a bottle of benedryl in my glove box. (severe allergy to food coloring). Could have been the ink in the paper, could have been the blazzer.. I don't know of any roofies that are topical though. But in general, yea... hands in pockets... Avoid strange men. And this from me, lol.
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment!! The funniest thing was up until this point I wasn't allergic to anything... I can eat anything and I've never had such a severe reaction before. It was really odd! And believe me, from now on, I'm not taking anything (not even a flyer) from a stranger!! I've learned my lesson!
Smithasmittenbyu on March 10th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
oh dear! That's scary! hope you are better now! and don't be so nice! :P
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, Smitha!! I have to just learn to say NO to people! Trust me, I'm never taking anything from a stranger ever again!! :P
UnderWorldFayunderworldfairy on March 10th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
wow, im so sorry to hear this! I hope you start feeling "normal" again soon... *hugs*
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH, Marla!! After reading all the sweet comments here, I feel much better already! HUGS!!
BOOM! goes the dynamite!: anders by axer61mslauren2930 on March 10th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
wow, it definitely sounds like it was the paper. scary indeed but I hope you're on the mend. :(
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
I was thinking it had to be the paper... it was the only thing out of the ordinary that I touched or had prolonged contact with... :P Thanks SO MUCH for your comment, Lauren! HUGS!!
zortrana: Sam&Spritezortrana on March 10th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you are okay! What an awful experience! I think you should report the guy; he could be preying on women.
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment!! It was really weird - and the thing was that I knew something was terribly wrong while I was still in the parking lot.
Care: blue nose bear by karmastyxcareleswhisper on March 10th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's really scary. I'm sorry you had to go through that. *hugs* I'm glad you went right away to get it checked and that you are following up with your doctor today. I hope everything will start to settle down and you can return to happy days again. *BIGHUGS*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH, Carrie! It was just the weirdest thing - one moment I was returning calls, the next my hands were swelling up like Mickey Mouse gloves! :P Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I do feel a great deal better today. HUGS!!!
there would never be anyone for me but you: nuke2jessnic85 on March 10th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, Sheri!! I am SO sorry to hear this! How scary... it certainly does sound like the newspaper had something to do with it. I'm really glad that you were able to see a doctor so quickly, and that you are going to see your own doctor for a follow-up, too. Hope you feel better soon! Big HUGS!

Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Jessica & Nicole! I really do still think the newspaper was the culprit, though I'll never be able to prove it since I left it in the store... Thank goodness there was a clinic next door to the bank! Thanks so much again for the sweet comment! HUGS!
Sabine: Mickisabine10 on March 10th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that! And I'm just glad that you could reach a doctor quickly. I hope you feel better now and please keep us updated. Also I hope things will change to the better. I'm keeping you in my thoughts. Big hugs to you, Sheri! And please take care!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH, Sabine!! And thank you for your good thoughts - they must've worked because I'm feeling so much better today! :) BIG HUGS to you!!
Phenomenullphenomenull on March 10th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)

Yikes! That's scary! And weird! I just tried to google "drug laced newspaper", but didn't find anything. I hope you're feeling better soon!
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for your comments, Chandra!! It was pretty freaky - and the oddest thing was that the moment I told a girl in the bank about it, she told me the same story of the drug laced business cards. Weird!
Blanche: rooblanche on March 10th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
zomg! That's awful! glad you're following up.
Sheri: Sherishutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, I'm feeling much better today!
bigrivermusicalbigrivermusical on March 11th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
So glad that you went to see a doctor soon. I'm SORRY to hear about your allergic reaction :( I've never heard about the business card scam but I have to be careful. Hopefully you feel much better tomorrow!!
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on March 11th, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment!! It was really freaky because I'm not allergic to anything... and to have SUCH a strong reaction like that was too weird! Thank goodness there was a clinic nearby!