So it’s safe to say I have had a few serious anaphylactic reactions since I developed my allergies 4 years ago… All of my blog posts thus far have been about preventing anaphylaxis, but something that is equally as important is how to pick yourself up again after a reaction occurs. My last reaction was this past December and required three doses of Epinephrine. Two at my school and another in the ambulance. The first epi was improperly administered by a teacher who told me he was trained and knew what he was doing… Luckily he administered the second properly! The worst part of this reaction was that I was sitting there feeling my throat closing after two EpiPens and my principals contemplated calling an ambulance. At that moment I lost all hope in any kind of knowledge they told me they had in allergies. As I sit here and think back to that day and remember how close it was, I wonder if I would be here if they had contemplated calling any longer. This last reaction has been what has inspired me into sharing this blog and volunteering for Anaphylaxis Canada as a Youth Advisory Panel Member. After a reaction happens it is common to feel scared and shocked. It takes a few days to process what has happened to you and to start feeling like yourself again. I think it is important to see the good in what has happened! Yes, my reaction was very scary but it helped me realize that my school needs more allergy awareness and that, that is something I am passionate about. It is also important to not dwell on what you could have done differently to prevent the reaction, but to be thankful that you’re alive!!! And of course remember to let your body rest after a reaction! You have just been through something crazy and have epinephrine rushing through your veins, so let your body sleep and regain its strength! I hope that you never experience anaphylaxis, but if you do, follow these tips and you will be back on your feet in no time!!
Dont cry because it happened, SMILE because you’re alive!