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#1 Rachel_Morgan

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 08:34 AM

Yeah. I just found out yesterday that I am now, suddenly, allergic to being stung. At least, by hornets, anyway. Probably also bees and wasps.

Dad forgot to throw out the dead body of a hornet - he left it lying in the middle of a main route in the house. And I stepped on it. Wasps, bees, and hornets can all still sting you just fine up to several hours after they've been killed. Apparently, I'm the only one in the house that knew this before hand, which is very surprising to me.

Anyways. Within 5 minutes, the stung toe has ballooned up. 15-20min, and my foot has.

My foot is still up and really swollen the next day, and its been almost 24 hours since.

We went into emerg last night, but gave up with it since we would have been there all night. So this morning, when I woke up and it was even worse (spreading up the ankle) I went with Mom to the walk in.
The walk in clinic's doctor was just...ugh. An arrogant jerk. He put out the same body language the specialists do when they hear I have ibromyalgia...except, this time it was in response to my allergic reaction. I was basically told to suck it up, go home, and expect it to go down in a couple of days. And told everything I'd already done (to no relief whatsoever!) as though I didn't understand a word he said.
Yeah, I was mad.

So, like I've said to mom. I'll avoid the emerg tonight if possible, and if tomorrow its half way up my leg, well: I'm sure they'll find it much, much more interesting than they have previously.

And believe me - it's working its way up. Benedryl every four hours doesn't touch even the itching now, and the swelling...well, it hasn't gone down once in the last 12 hours. Ice does nothing. Elevating = no relief. Heat, of course, only makes it worse.

I can't walk on that foot now. I can't bend it.

Talk about <basement>. I felt better last night at emerg than I do now. (At emerg, it had swollen up bad, as well, but it wasn't quite so bad. I was joking and laughing then, because it had numbed the sting and didn't throb. I could also still walk on it, albeit, with a lot of limping)

But yeah. Keep an eye on it tonight, and I guess it'll be back into emerg later if it gets any worse. If it doesn't, then it'll be emerg in the morning UNLESS something helps relieve the pressure somewhat.


-Sigh-


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Posted 13 June 2010 - 11:00 PM

That doesnt sound like fun at all. I really do hope that you foot/ bee sting gets better :hug: . And about doctors, im convinced that half of them didnt pass medical school and just printed their degrees off the internet. They really can be stupid somtimes. I would think they they would do somthing about the bee sting since its causing your foot and all so get so swollen. Hope you feel better soon. Keep us updated.

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 10:50 AM

Thanks, Dolphin Dreamer!


Yes, It's nearly back to normal now. About five days later, haha. I saw my family doctor today to discuss my specialist appointment coming up, and mentioned it. He said he would have given me a benadryl shot for it, if it had still been like it was, but not much more than that. However, he was willing to do more than the walk-in doctor, for sure! He just took one look at my much-downsized foot and said, "It must have been one heck of a hornet". xD He's great.

I'm just glad I can walk normally now,and am regaining sensation in my foot. I just started a petsitting job and need to get out and jog the younger little dog fairly well, as she's showing the fact she gets bored quickly and the owners are not giving her a task or enough outings to keep her out of trouble. And its hard to do that when you're incapacitated, for sure.


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