Feeling much better today post reaction, the days following epinephrine are usually rough. After I left the pool party yesterday it turns out there was some not so nice things said about me. These were along the lines of me overreacting and that I shouldn’t have taken my epipen. Luckily this information got back to me through a friend. Anyways without getting into too much details, this really upset me. I am so frustrated with people not believing me and saying my allergies are just me panicking. I knew what I was feeling and I knew I needed my epipen. That is all that matters.. I am 17 and well aware when I need to take action to save my life in the event of anaphylaxis. I am not going to let this negativity phase me, but what I am going to do is share some tips on how I deal with these types of people!
1. Surround yourself with people who support you and care about you! Don’t waste your time on friends, teachers, co-workers etc who down play your allergies!
2. This one is a bit tricky to do but if possible confront the person. If someone is downplaying your allergies they are most likely lacking awareness and knowledge of anaphylaxis. Educate them on allergies and why we have allergies! Make them realize the severity and that it is not just in our heads.
3. Believe in yourself! You are the one person who is living with your allergies and you know what you feel!
4. Remember that there is always going to be someone who doesn’t understand! Remember the teen term of “haters gonna hate”!
Hope these tips help you as they do me! I am at the point where if someone wants to not believe me I could care less! All I am focused on is healing and resting up!