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Old 08-28-2005, 02:35 PM   #15
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The Epi Pen is your best defense. Get the scrip from your doctor and keep the pen or pens near you "always". Also keep benadryl on hand and take two 25mg caps the minute you get stung by anything in the insect family. This may give you time to get to the phone or get someone to call 911 for you. Epi pens are a little scary and can have side effects, so get some good instructions from your doctor and read the instructions that come with the pen carefully. Don't be shy about using the pen when or if the time comes.
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Old 08-28-2005, 02:49 PM   #16
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See your doctor

Richard,

I had the same thing happen to me about twelve years ago. Even if you don't go to the hospital - go to Urgent care or call your regular doctor for a consultation.

They put me on decreasing course of cortisteroids (sp?) over eight days to help deal with the after effects of anaphylactic shock. (Swelling, hives, rash, etc.) I felt and looked like I'd been hit by a truck. Besides an epi-pen, I also carry liquid benedryl everywhere I go (liquid absorbs faster) and a venom extraction kit. I do alot of gardening and all these things have saved me several times over.

Also, when you get stung - TAKE ANY RINGS OFF IMMEDIATELY!!

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Old 08-28-2005, 03:20 PM   #17
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Whew!

RichardT, I'd also not get rid of any more of those horseshoes.

Glad to hear the wife was nearby...

Maybe it's Bee Cave...not Bat!

Stay healthy!

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Old 08-28-2005, 03:45 PM   #18
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... If anything gets worse I will call 911 again and go to the hospital...
I'm about ready to hear from the Bat Cave again. {imagine a "concerned" emoticon here}

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Old 08-28-2005, 04:43 PM   #19
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So that wasn't much fun. Good thing your lungs were cleaned up. Fact is allergies can increase of decrease when you stop smoking. For most the grass ones decrease alot. Whiteface hornet stings late August are about as bad as it gets and they are real aggressive now. Lots of those heartattacks on the Golf course are in fact from hornet stings when they stand on or near the nest. Do you have the pens yet. Also get a medic necklase. You were very lucky. Must be all that Karma
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Old 08-28-2005, 04:59 PM   #20
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Richard,

I'm sure glad you are ok, but I agree with getting to the Dr. and getting a prescription for an epi-pen.
Our body and it's chemistry changes as we get older, so what you may not have been allergic before, but may be now.
Feel better soon.
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Old 08-28-2005, 05:30 PM   #21
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I slept the rest of the day till now with supervision and am feeling Alot better!
Thank you all for your kind words and concern.
I will go to the doctor and get a presciption Epi, my wife used to bee allergic and has been stung a few times in the past 2 years and no longer seems to be allergic, I have been stung many times before and was not allergic and now I odviously am allergic.
When I got stung I knew it was gonna hurt a little, but I did not want anyone to call 911 yet as I figured I would be fine, Not 5 minutes after we called 911 my face was Purple and I was terrably swollen all over. My heart hurt and I felt really bad. I was in full anaphalactic shock (excuse the spelling). I now know (and you do too) not to mess around with waiting to see what happens. I should have called 911 as soon as my armpits started itching, that is one of the first signs of a problem.
Again thank you all for caring.

I am glad for this forum it is a great place.
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Old 08-28-2005, 06:04 PM   #22
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Round horseshoe

RichardT,

Whatever you do, don't get rid of that completely round horseshoe!

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Old 08-28-2005, 06:09 PM   #23
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from your doctor. If any of this comes back on you later today, they may give you steroids so sit tight, stay on the benedryl and don't hesitate to go to the ER or call your regular doc.

From now on, you will need to keep an Epipen on you or with you at all times. This is a self injection syringe/pen with epinephrine so you can inject yourself in an emergency.

Kudos to your wife for swift action.
AMEN! This is lifesaving advice! And keep the benedril with you at all times too. Use both if you get another sting. And also talk to an allergist about treatment to reduce your sensitivity.

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Old 08-28-2005, 06:26 PM   #24
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Many people don't get help in time because they think it's no big deal, or they don't want to be a bother, or they're scared to admit something serious might be happening. Always call 911 right away if something strange starts to happen. They'd rather come out for nothing than come out too late!

I figured you were probably sleeping it off. I've had bad allergic reactions, though not as bad as yours was, and they always wipe me out for the rest of the day! Get your rest! I'm really glad to hear you're ok!
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Richard,
Talk with your Dr. about gettiing a epinephrine pen ( self injector) to carry with you. Chances are the next bite will give you a more severe reaction that the first one. Don't leave home without one.
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I should have called 911 as soon as my armpits started itching, that is one of the first signs of a problem.
You mean that isn't normal?

Seriously, glad to hear you are OK.

Reminds me of the time when we were camping in Colorado ... Petunia was stung in the neck by a huge bumble bee. She swelled up pretty quick and was flailing around on the ground ... we had to rush out and buy some Benadryl ... which did the trick. Now we travel with the gel and the tablets.
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Old 08-28-2005, 10:58 PM   #27
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Glad your survived. I didn't have anywhere near that serious a reaction but last summer I got stung by a wasp and had reactions that I had never had before. Makes you wonder what could have been if it had been a nest full.
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Old 08-28-2005, 11:05 PM   #28
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The bugs are vicious!

Glad to see you are okay, Richard. I am glad I am not the only one to have a close encounter with a member of the insect world up in the hills of North Carolina, although my trip to the E.R. in Asheville was because of a suicidal moth, not a kamikaze hornet.
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