Laying here on the floor it was easy to release myself into the black abyss. A life defining moment. Do I fall into the deep dark pit or do I rise out of the darkness and return to the light?
I’m not ready to be turned out to pasture to be left to return back to ashes to ashes, dust to dust. I’d rather be sailing on the cool waters and feeling the breeze blowing along my cheek.
What brought me to this life defining moment. Where it felt so easy to slip into the afterlife.
After all, it didn’t seem so bad to pass to the other side. But I wasn’t ready to give up the ghost.
See, I was laying on the closet floor in severe Anaphylactic Shock.
Something I ate has brought me to near death. At first I suspected some sushi I had eaten earlier in the day. But now I’m thinking further. With my wild adventures about a month and half ago through super tall grass and walking out with eight tick bites within a week perhaps a Lone Star Tick was in the mix. With increasing prevalence within the Southeastern U.S. States, Lone Star Ticks are causing Red Meat allergies.
I had eaten red meat three days in a row, and with the weekend prior of poor eating, dehydration and bearing hot humid days in Michigan compromised my immune system. I had steak at 10:00pm and at 2:00 am I woke up hotter then heck. I then began to get a rash on my back so I went and got some Benedryl. Then it began to itch like mad. Maybe I should have taken a shower earlier from the sweaty day. Took a shower and then my feet were burning and itching. Then my hands went to an itchy fire. Went for a second Benedryl. Laying down my tongue began to swell.
Waking up my husband as I knew I was in deep trouble – Call 911 !! Collapsing to the floor as my blood pressure had dropped (found this out later) the EMT’s showed up. Unable to walk as I would pass out each time, I managed to crawl outside where I passed out again and it took four men to place me on the gurney.
Arriving to the hospital they injected Steroids and put me on an antihistamine drip. At first they suspected the Sushi as raw Tuna if not kept at a specific temperature can create a chemical within the fish to become a histamine. But speaking with the grocery store where I purchased it, they are very careful with food safety and no one else reported a problem.
So after much internet research I’m suspecting Alpha Gal Allergy. On Monday I’ll be seeing an Allergist to get a test for the Alpha-Gal allergy. In the meantime – no mammal meat for me. As a matter of fact, no raw fish either. If it comes out positive, than no more beautiful, luscious, delicious, wonderful Rib Eye steaks off of the grill. A true travesty.
What’s amazing about this whole episode this week as even though I was as close to death as I was during the Anaphylactic Shock, two days later I was back in the saddle and rode three horses. So happy it didn’t have a lingering effect. Now I’ll be living life large!