For the past two weeks, I’ve had a bad case of poison ivy. It’s calmed down a lot, although it still itches occasionally. I noticed a lot of coughing and feeling like my throat was going to close up when I was around a lot of dust and pollen, which doesn’t usually happen to me.
This morning, my arms felt itchy. There was a small bug bite on one, although I’m almost 100% sure it wasn’t a wasp or bee sting (I don’t even remember getting it.) In any case, it had been there at least overnight. I kept scratching, and they kept getting itchier and itchier. I happened to turn around and see myself in the mirror, and I was BRIGHT RED FROM HEAD TO TOE. It looked and felt like a terrible sunburn, except that it was blotchy.
I started to feel very weird, spacy, and dizzy. I made it into the other room and picked up the phone, holding it and trying to decide what to do. Suddenly, I realized that my heart was racing at what had to be 200 bpm, although all I was doing was standing still. And I couldn’t breathe.
I knew this was not good, breathing being pretty important. My finger was actually on the 9 button when I realized that I would have to pay for the ambulance and hospital bill myself, none of my deductible having been met. I could breathe again, so I stood and waited. Over the next few minutes, everything went back to normal.
WHAT WAS THIS???