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Have First Responders Ever Given You Grief?

Have First Responders Ever Given You Grief?

Last week I had an anaphylaxic reaction to a new antibiotic I was taking. I was home alone and knew I was in trouble so I called my local emergency number. When the First Responders (Firefighters here) arrived I handed them my medic alert card with all my allergies and told them that I had administered an epipen prior to their arrival. They started questioning me and giving me grief as to why I would have injected myself when this medication wasn't on my list of… read more

A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

I wouldn't worry about causing a problem in the future. I would make an appointment with the person that is in charge of first responders. Explain the situation and ask them to make sure they are well informed of the way to treat people like you in the future. They need to respect people who have unusual health issues.

posted almost 3 years ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

Wow this is so frustrating. I would definitely talk to the person and persons in charge of the EMT's that picked you up. They obviously need extra training on allergies. Do you have a printout of your ER visit by chance? You can show them that you did indeed have an anaphalactic reaction to that. I know you shouldn't have to do that but sometimes it's good to show proof even though we know the truth. It's incredibly frustrating to face medical professionals that are so lacking in knowledge though.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

Yes, I have heard about this. Supposedly it helps because during an allergic reaction your system becomes too acidic and the baking soda/Alka Seltzer Gold helps get your system pH back to where it is normally supposed to be.

posted 10 months ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

I've had paramedic arrive after I've administered epi and because my 02 levels are high 80's and my heart rate is normal treat me like Im faking or trying to get attention. I've even had an issue with 911 as one of my first reactions is numb tongue and coughing... Because they couldn't understand me with the coughing they sent the police instead of paramedics.
I've called 911 administration office and now have my number listed as if coughing dispatch ambulance also I press 3 on my key pad...1 for police 2 for fire 3 for ambulance. Also now have medic alert. They explain I normally have a low heart rate and my 02 stats fluctuate wildly during reactions. I no longer answer questions so they have to call medic alert.

posted over 1 year ago
A MyFoodAllergyTeam Member said:

Has anyone had their doctor suggest, or at least admit, that baking soda in water, Alkaseltzer GOLD (NOT BLUE!), or sodium bicarbonate/potassium citrate in capsules taken until the reactions ease or stop can slow or stop a reaction within minutes or until further aid can be administered. OR even taken before you eat something you KNOW has an offending agent of some degree in it. (They won't/can't tell you--ASK them!) I am allergic to most of the medications used to treat allergic reactions and we will only use the EpiPen/epinephrine/adrenaline when I'm exposed to the allergens that have proven nearly fatal in the past (3 weeks in ICU, then filtering transfusions to trade out the toxic blood and the fluids accumulated in my tissues...this was in the early 1950s I am now reactive to others who sweat on me if they are taking that drug...…...Awesome!)~~I AM NOT SUGGESTING YOU STOP USING WHATEVER YOUR PHYSICIANS HAS PRESCRIBED FOR YOUR TREATMENT!! I am suggesting that this has stopped swelling, itching, throat tightening, wheezing, when caught early and I have avoided the reactions that are expected from the EpiPen--rapid heart rate, anxiety, etc. All of which are unpleasant at best. I then have another reaction (delayed) until the offending food reaches my lower intestine and lasts until I eliminate it. Bicarb at this time helps, too. AGAIN, I am NOT suggesting you stop your directed treatment~~simply ASK your doctor or research it yourself. You may have better control over your health.

posted 11 months ago
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