Another Gym Attempt Thwarted
July 13, 2011 § 1 Comment
I’m so happy I’m not red!
Well I had quite the eventful evening! After eating a mighty healthy dinner full of mahi mahi, quinoa, Mmmm sauce (go make this now!), and mixed greens from Trader Joe’s I suddenly found myself with a severe allergic reaction. My best guess was the turnip greens found in my mixed greens bag. I think this because I had the exact same dinner last night, but instead of greens I had kale and nothing happened. Tonight, however, was a different story.
About 15 or 20 minutes after eating my delicious meal I was getting my workout clothes on and felt my face getting hotter and hotter. Once I looked in the mirror I immediately knew I was having an allergic reaction of some sort even though this hasn’t ever happened before. Luckily nothing was swelling up and my airways felt fine, so I went down to show my roommate and she gave me one of her allergy pills with an antihistamine in it (same as a Benadryl). I grew a bit more concerned as my heat rash spread down my chest, back, and arms and I could tell it wasn’t getting any better. At this point I decided to call a nurse hotline and after answering a series of questions she told me to call 911.
I felt fine other than the extreme heat and my lobster (seriously, I was that red) – like appearance but apparently flushing is a sign of anaphylactic shock and that I could experience worse symptoms like constriction of airways. Cue me calling the paramedics, feeling like a dummy when they said I was fine, and then having the rash go away about an hour and a half after it all started. Luckily my broham and his girlfriend stayed with me and we chatted for a bit about my horrible roommate until I was feeling better.
Moral of the story: Greens can kill you. Well, not really, but maybe today was a sign that I shouldn’t go to the gym and instead sit at home and catch up on blogs like I am right now