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 allergies. I was so frustrated… read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
ChristineAnne, I see you wrote this 4 years ago. By coincidence I open your post - I just got out of the ER and hour ago for yet another allergic reaction to an antibiotic.
Yes, paramedics have given me 'grief' 3 times this year already. They have also told ER staff that I was having an "anxiety attack"... told me to just relax, breath through my nose... my hands are blue, and feet are dark purple. Yes, anxiety when they discover no O2 tanks in the ambulance; they won't drive until they take my BP again and start an IV.
So, I talked with my pomologist. I asked him how he would support me during an acute respiratory episode. I was going to type it up and post it on my door for when I call 911. This is what he said - I typed it.
"Per Dr. A, I am a BRITTLE asthmatic with history of multiple severe anaphylactic reactions. Put the siren on and get to the ER PDQ." I also wrote a brief statement that I have Eosinophilic Asthma - difficult to treat-my symptoms maybe different than what they expect.
I was feeling more frustrated thinking I was the only one who got "grief". Your post made my day - no my week- no you made me feel 'normal' in good way. Thanks
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