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[Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

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I would just like to share an experience I had last Friday with an unidentified insect, which I assume to have been most likely a wasp. I don't recall most of what happened and I think my brain has filled in blanks based on what logically could have happened.

I was walking to the bakery to get lunch for a picnic by the river. My daughter was asleep in her buggy after a 1.5 hour detour.


About 100m and 5 mins by foot away from the bakery I felt a buzz and a sting in my left armpit. I cursed the damned insect, checked if there was a sting still in there and tried (unsuccessfully) to suck some of the venom out (Unfortunately I'm not so flexible). It hurt a bit but it was no different to other stings I'd had from bees or german wasps back home.


Soon after going in to the bakery, however, I felt suddenly dizzy and instable on my feet. I sat down on the floor in the corner next to the drinks' fridge, while my 20mth old girl took full advantage of the situation and grabbed a bag of crisps/potato chips from the conveniently low-positioned stand. The shop staff and customers looked skeptically on. I asked for a glass of water thinking it would help as I'd had little to drink while walking. The lady brought it to me after what felt like an hour and I took a couple of sips before deciding I really should lie down. After this I don't remember much aside from occassionally trying to explain, with my paralyzed tongue hanging from my mouth, that my husband's contact details were stashed in my wallet, that I'd been stung by an insect, that my daughter was probably famished, and that I was freezing. Someone put me in to the recovery position and I think I drifted in and out of consciousness between people suggesting it might be an idea to call the ambulance and my girl shoving the packet of chips in my face.


The ambulance team arrived and they tranfered me to a stretcher. I couldn't move at all and could barely respond to their request that I open my eyes. They immediately pumped me full of adrenaline (epiphrine) quartizone and antihistamine to get my heart going again, while debating the best way to get to the hospital without going through the construction zone. I recall suggesting the farm road around the back because we drive that way to the station. I also recall telling them again that I was REALLY cold. I got an emergency blanket but they didn't take my detour suggestion, because I recall sitting for an eternity at the lights (The rest of the way I think I was blacked out again). My little girl was so good and sat calmly in the kiddie seat they found for her, munching on her weggli (soft white bread roll). She was such a „Süssi“ (sweetie).


At the hospital I still coudn't move but the drugs had kicked in and I could keep my eyes open a bit longer. I then got a pile of heated blankets and was changed in to one of those sexy gowns while getting hooked up to the heart etc monitors. I was really impressed with the hospital staff too, but I'll never forgive that woman for making me pee in the bed pan.


All in all it was a scary experience... The only thing that keeps buzzing around in my mind though, is that (and it will probably sound like a real clichè but) the simple things in life are important. In the grand scheme of things, family, warmth, love and happiness are indeed what flashed through my mind as I slipped in and out of consciousness.


On top of that I'd like to say becareful to everyone. The insects here seem to be more agressive and venomous.



I'm incredibly lucky that the people were there to help me when they did.



This will definitely be a story I can share with the first aid team in our fire brigade tomorrow night.


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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

That sounds like quite an ordeal. Thanks for sharing. Take care of yourself. Nice to know that you are back on your feet, and soon should be up and about.

Was it some kind of poisonous insect or some horrible reaction ? Were the doctors able to shed more light on what really happened ?
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Bloody hell, that was some scary story. Glad you are ok now. Take care.
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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

I am so glad that you are alright - what a scary thing to happen.
What was the conclusion? Do you have to have an epi pen - and do they think it was an incident that could happen again?
Take care of yourself - you little girl sounds a poppet!
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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

sounds scary
good to know u came out all ok..take care..
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Was it some kind of poisonous insect or some horrible reaction ? Were the doctors able to shed more light on what really happened ?
Thanks for your kind words, Ashishshah. They think it was a severe allergic reaction to the insect and they're going to do some allergen tests this week.

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I am so glad that you are alright - what a scary thing to happen.
What was the conclusion? Do you have to have an epi pen - and do they think it was an incident that could happen again?
Take care of yourself - you little girl sounds a poppet!
Thanks Smackerjack. It was really scary, though for some strange reason I was very relaxed at the time. (insect venom doing its job of paralyzing its prey? )

In the meantime I do have an epipen as well as a potent drug cocktail that I have to carry at all times!
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Old 15.08.2011, 20:58
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Good heavens! How scary! I'm really glad that both you and your daughter were taken good care of. You are right.. These things happen so quickly and we really do need to focus on what is good and true in our lives.

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Good that you collapsed in the bakery and not in the bar, you might still be there!
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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

So glad all worked out, you were very brave throughout.

Perhaps time to consider carrying an adrenalin pump now that you are known to be dangerously susceptible to these stings (anaphylactic ?) ? It is not uncommon and can develop at any time.

http://www.allergyuk.org/fs_waspsting.aspx
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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

Same thing happened to me during my c-section 5 years ago. Bloody scary... But at least I was at hospital already!
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Re: [Insect sting] Allergic reaction - Heart failure

Oh Dear, what a scary experience!

I am so happy to know you are ok now. Take care of yourself and push to find everythings out.

Your daughter did act like a big girl, you must be very proud!

Take it easy and keep us informed of the tests and results.

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Wow it's amazing how many of us have such stories to share. We're all lucky to have made it through, huh!?

Yeah, my little girl was so brave! Apparently she was in toddler-heaven with all the machines lit up like xmas tree lights in the ambulance.
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Wow, that's a scary story thank god it happened outside the bakery and not at home alone

Take care, and take it easy for a few days - must be a bit of shock to say the least.
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Good that you collapsed in the bakery and not in the bar, you might still be there!
LOL so true!!!

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So glad all worked out, you were very brave throughout.

Perhaps time to consider carrying an adrenalin pump ...
Yep got one of those prescribed. Fingers crossed I don't need it!!

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Same thing happened to me during my c-section 5 years ago. Bloody scary... But at least I was at hospital already!
Did you get the chlichèd things running through your brain too? It was crazy how my brain focussed on doing the basic things required for my and my daughter's safety: "Insect. Sting. Husband. Contact details. In wallet. Daughter. hungry. No. Lunch." (If you can imagine that being said with a huge inanimate tongue hanging out )

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Oh Dear, what a scary experience!

I am so happy to know you are ok now. Take care of yourself and push to find everythings out.

Your daughter did act like a big girl, you must be very proud!

Take it easy and keep us informed of the tests and results.

Big hugs,

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Thanks Nil. Yeah I'm really proud of her. Thanks for the hugs too. Hugs are one of those underrated things in life.

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So glad all worked out, you were very brave throughout.

Perhaps time to consider carrying an adrenalin pump now that you are known to be dangerously susceptible to these stings (anaphylactic ?) ? It is not uncommon and can develop at any time.

http://www.allergyuk.org/fs_waspsting.aspx
Sorry to hear about this but thankfully you were looked after.

Agree completely the above quote. Once you have had a reaction (which can happen after the 1st or 101st sting), you need to carry an Epi Pen with you at all times when you are out.

Here is the link to the UK website (from the website given by UTH above).

http://www.epipen.co.uk/

These pens last about 18 months then you need to change them. The nice thing about them is you pop the cap and drive the tip into your thigh right through your clothes. This shot will give you the time to organize the trip to the hospital before things seize up.

Your doctor will need to give you a prescription to get one of the pens. I would suggest two of them. One for your bag and one for the car.
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Sorry to hear about this but thankfully you were looked after.

Agree completely the above quote. Once you have had a reaction (which can happen after the 1st or 101st sting), you need to carry an Epi Pen with you at all times when you are out.

Here is the link to the UK website (from the website given by UTH above).

http://www.epipen.co.uk/

These pens last about 18 months then you need to change them. The nice thing about them is you pop the cap and drive the tip into your thigh right through your clothes. This shot will give you the time to organize the trip to the hospital before things seize up.

Your doctor will need to give you a prescription to get one of the pens. I would suggest two of them. One for your bag and one for the car.
Yep, have an Epipen, thanks. Thanks for the tip about getting two and changing them regularly as well; I might do that. Does it HAVE to be the right thigh, though? I'm a leftie...
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Your doctor will need to give you a prescription to get one of the pens. I would suggest two of them. One for your bag and one for the car.
I'd need about 17 of them, all for my handbag. By the time I've found a single one in the chaos that is commonly known as my handbag I'd be semi conscious and tripping over my tongue.
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As a bit of an aside is this covered under accident insurance?
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Yup, same thing happened to my dad when he was driving and a wasp came out of nowhere and stung him. The doctor told him that if he would have not come to the hospital on time, he wouldn't have survived.
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