Most of you know that I have alpha gal syndrome/allergy (whatever you call it) but I haven’t had a reaction since 2013. For years, I wouldn’t touch ground beef unless I cooked it at home, drained all the fat off and never used ground beef that had more fat than 93/7.
It was only after we moved here that we began going to Babe’s and eating burgers. We’ve been probably 6 – 8 times. I never had any problems til yesterday. We went there probably about 2 p.m., ate burgers that were delicious and greasy. Like clockwork, 7 – 8 hours after eating, I began to itch, then broke out in hives. For years I kept epi-pens but after not needing them for so long, I quit keeping them around.
My doctor in Nevada, MO, without knowing what the problem was but seeing the reaction, told me to take Benadryl and a cold shower when I first started itching. Usually half a Benadryl will cause me to sleep for 24 hours straight. Last night, not wanting to go to the ER, Vince insisted I take two of them. I kept saying “Are you trying to kill me?” He assured me he was not trying to kill me but hoping to not have to go to the ER. I took the Benadryl, took a cold shower and waited. I did shave my legs just in case I had to go to the ER. First things first, right. Who wants to die with hairy legs?
It took about 1-1/2 hours after taking the Benadryl for the new hives to stop appearing. I went to bed about an hour after having had no new hives and I still had quite a few but, I survived and the hives are all gone this morning.
I’m pretty groggy and will probably go take a nap after while. I did wake up several times during the night . . I would wake up and think . . am I alive? Vince woke me several times to see if I was ok.
Seriously, I didn’t come anywhere near dying but it is scary because the air passages can swell up.
We were counting last night and I think I went to the ER 4 or 5 times in Kentucky, twice in Nevada, MO and once in Louisiana while we were still living in MO but I was there visiting. It was just a couple of years after we moved to Texas that I found out what was causing the reaction and haven’t been back to the ER and . . I don’t intend to have it ever happen again.