Last Saturday’s post reminded me of something. Over a year ago I had a very scary incident that sent me to the hospital in an ambulance. But before the ambulance there were Firemen!!
I am allergic to nuts. Not peanuts, but tree nuts. I was eating at a potluck dinner. I always check my food and if something looks suspicious, I ask if there are nuts it in. Nothing and I mean nothing looked suspicious. To make matters worse, I ate what ever it was in its entirety. Something Ive never ever done before. Simply because nuts always cause an instant reaction in my mouth.
Something to think of…..the nut flours are ground so incredibly fine now that you can ingest them so quickly that won’t know you’ve eaten them until its too late.
So…the story goes:
After taking a couple benadryl hoping that would stop the reaction, collapsing on the floor at the foot of the bed, my husband thought he should call the ambulance. Me? I just wanted to lay there with the cool duvet on my face. I was more than happy to just stay there.
When the calvary arrived….Mike said “The firemen are here” Which in my state, confused me. Why were the firemen there….he called the ambulance!
Then I heard the thunder of many boots coming up the old wood stairs. I was semi conscious and rather amused with the sound.
One stood on my foot (those were some BIG boots) another did this amazing “butt” bounce across the bed. I looked up to see this large man leap onto the bed, hit it with his rear, legs up in the air and go airborne to land on the other side of the bed. That is still unbelievably vivid in my memory of that night!!
Off we all went to the hospital, neighbours outside to see what was happening (jokes ensued the following days) the Dr. gave me a wonderful mixture of stuff in a rather large needle. After an hour when things calmed down I wanted to go home. I wanted to go back to my own bed.
I am grateful for the firemen, the EMTs and for my husband who wouldn’t listen to me when I told him I’d be fine (noooo I’m not stubborn)
If you’d stayed and read thru this entire post thank you. Please remember when you are bringing something to a pot luck or bringing food anywhere, that there are folks out there with serious deadly allergies. Some would not have made it to the hospital. I’m lucky. Mine aren’t as severe as others. But if you put nuts in something, leave a little note with it so I’ll see it. If you’ve used a nut flour, leave a note. A little sticky note on your dish could save a life.