I just got back from the emergency room and I’m feeling really relieved.

Before turning off the light Sunday night I noticed that I had a bumpy rash on my arms. In the morning the hives were making themselves known on not only my arms but on my neck as well. It felt so awful and I couldn’t figure out what could have caused it. Could be stress, something I brush up against at the Morrell Nature Sanctuary, something I touched elsewhere…

Over the next couple days, they got worst and my neck was starting to swell. I had tried putting neem oil on the rash with little success easing the pain. The swelling on my neck was creeping up around my chin and up my face. Cam went and got benadryl which didn’t seem to do anything but help me sleep all. the. time. (Not such a bad thing for a tired mother with small children!) The calamine lotion barely eased the hot itchy rash. This is pure torture for someone who refuses to scratch itchy spots. 

This morning I woke up thinking it was feeling a lot better until I saw Cam’s horrored face looking down at me lying in bed. My eyes were almost swollen shut! I decided I needed to do something different. I was able to get a friend to take me to the emergency. It’s a little too close for comfort having my face ballooning to double the size.

Thank my lucky stars the hospital wasn’t busy and I was able to be seen right away. I have terrible anxiety when it comes to this kind of thing. Needles and other procedures are things I don’t even want to think about. I was more worried about what they’d want to do to me than I was about the rash and swelling.

The doctor assured me that the course the hives are taking are normal. He said that as long as I feel fine apart from the rash and swelling it will work itself out. It could get a bit worst yet but my body should be able to get through this. He also let me know that the benadryl not working is normal. It’s not as great of a product as it touts. I’m to ride this out while keeping my skin lubricated (I’m using almond oil instead of the suggested vaseline). Hopefully I’ll be over it soon!

I’d just like to thank everyone for the sweet comments lately! Lily’s so excited to now be 6. I think I’m still a bit in denial about it! Ha!

6 Responses to Hives

  1. Judy Roberts says:

    Oh, Annie, what a bummer. I hope you’ll be better soon. Hugs.

  2. Oh Annie, that sounds like the recipe for miserable if I’ve ever heard it. I can’t believe it progressed that much for days!

    I have neem oil for scaring away the bugs that used to eat my rose plants but I’m curious about this version you were using. I’m also glad to hear that you’re getting better.

    I totally get the so. tired. bit with benadryl. That’s why I now pack chlortriplon in case I need it. Apparently they use it in epi pens too. I hope you’re back to normal soon and happy packing!

  3. Lucy Dolan says:

    That sounds horrible. I guess it’s just your immune system fighting whatever it is. I wonder if you brushed against a plant or something? Hope you feel better soon. Aloe is brilliant for this sort of thing. I get horrible prickly heat rash and it works brilliantly.

  4. Annie says:

    Well, my face is a balloon again this morning. It’s so hilarious I had to take a picture- I’m not so sure it’s one I can share here yet. Ha.

    The hives seem a bit better but the swelling is ridiculous. My dad’s prescription is a shnick of good scotch to cure all that ills. I might be willing to try it.

    I’m rooting strongly for my immune system to get the job done a bit quicker than it seems to be doing so far though!

  5. Kale and Sam says:

    hope you’re better today………….

  6. louise says:

    hope you are feeling better….

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