So much for the float trip. Instead, my body decided to freak out on Friday night during the WOD.
First of all, let me just say that I have no allergies whatsoever. Any time I have ever filled out a medical chart, I’ve always checked the “none” box. I have reacted poorly to certain stimulus, but for the most part–nada. I can eat everything and have no reason to be deathly afraid of insect stings or any drugs.
Friday night I had my first confrontation with Anaphylactic shock.
So I’m about 15 minutes in to a really intense workout when I realize that my eyes kinda feel weird. I’m somewhat concerned, but I press on… Until my right eye is completely swollen shut. I throw my jump rope down and jog to the bathroom and take a look in the mirror. I gasp out loud and the bobble-eyed freak staring back at me.
Then I start to panic. I go straight to Trevor and tell him what’s going on. His wife Holland asks me lots of allergy questions and goes and gets me some
Benadryl. I call my mom to come get me. The whole thing was bizzare!!!
I googled and found an article about food dependent athletic induced anaphylaxis. I had sushi for lunch. It had plenty of crab in it. I’ve never been allergic to shellfish before, but never say never. But if it WAS food-dependent, that is strange. Because I had lunch around 1 and was crossfitting by 5:45–neary 5 hours later.
I had red itchy skin that didn’t last long. My breathing never became difficult. Basically it was 90% in my eyes, with a bit of nasal cavity swelling too and a slight skin rash.
I didn’t go to the doctor. I cant afford it because I’m busy paying off the $360 I owe to the physical therapist who did nothing for my ankle. I kindof wish I had gone anyways–maybe the swelling would have gone down faster.
When I woke up the next morning and my eyes were still huge, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to float. I was super sad 😦 I have been looking forward to it for a while. It was the perfect chance to get to know some of my fellow crossfitters outside of the gym. Blerg. But I got to hang out with mom all day, which I haven’t done in a long time. And I got lots of puppy love from the poms.
Bottom line: If your eyes feel like they’re about to explode while you are running/WODing–STOP and get some Benadryl. And make sure it’s not a weekend so you won’t miss your float trip.
Pretty sure I’m going to be paranoid from now on. “Whats that itch? Do my eyes feel swollen? Is my throat closing up?!” ugh.