Taking Your Breath Away

Having ones breath taken away can be a moving, memorable experience.  Whether it is an overwhelming sense of awe after seeing a remarkable sunset, viewing a spectacular scene or appreciating nature at its best. 

Then there is the more sinister experience of having a reaction to an allergen that literally takes your breath away.  Constricted airways  will only let a small amount of life sustaining oxygen pass to the lungs.  This in and of itself is scary, but not knowing the trigger for such a reaction is down right frightening.  It is like having someone or something lurking in a corner waiting to pounce when you least expect it.  

Having had the latter experience of having my breath taken away this weekend makes me feel a bit vulnerable.  The symptoms presented as an allergic reaction to a bee sting, but there wasn’t a sting site.   And I am absolutely sure I would have been aware of being stung….never had a bee sting that did not hurt. 

Bottom line, since neither the walk-in clinic doctor or I could pinpoint the trigger for the reaction.  I was sent home with an emergency stash of inhaler and supply of Epinephrine to the tune of $266.  Now that was an unexpected hit to the old pocketbook, but the alternative of not having the medication was not acceptable.  So I bit the bullet and put down the $$$$ to hedge my bet of making it to the ER if I ever had another severe reaction to the unknown allergen.


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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