Maggie put a bee in my bonnet with her de-cluttering and straightening out her shelves so I decided to begin to clean out my closet. I told myself as long as I started it, I could do as little or as much as I wanted. It was easier than I thought and I removed about 30 items of clothing and one pair of shoes. Much of this was 'professional-ware' - some still in the plastic garment bags from the cleaners, and much hadn't been worn in the four (4) years since I retired. It felt good to lighten my load of 'stuff'. I dropped all off at Goodwill -- hoping someone can get use of it.
At the grocery store I felt like I was having a hot flash -- but this wouldn't go away. And then I was having trouble breathing -- my throat felt tight. I used my inhaler, breathed more easily, and continued working my way down my grocery list. When I went to pick up a case of ginger ale, I noticed my hands were beet red. As were my arms, and my legs. I pulled out a mirror and saw my face and chest were red and a mass of hives. Being of a practical nature and in no discomfort other than the itching, I finished my list, went through the checkout, drove home, unloaded the groceries, and drove myself to the ER- only about 10 minutes from here.
This happened about eight (8) years ago and the common denominator is that both allergic reactions began in a grocery store. I carry an epinepherine pen with me because even after testing, it was never determined to what I'm am allergic. After five (5) hours, an IV steroid/benedryl drip I'm home, a Caucasian again and -- feeling great. I'll just keep that Benadryl and eppy pen a little closer for a while.
PS Book club was great fun -- super discussion, delicious Russian tea cakes and apple cake.