Saturday evening, inkwraith found me passed out on the staircase in my house after dinner. Right after we'd finished eating I'd started to feel sick, like indigestion, so I was getting PeptoBismal from upstairs. She and Mark found me and dragged me down the stairs to the landing, where I sat up. I was feeling woozy/dizzy and hot, but I was breaking out in a cold sweat. Then I passed out again and Mark called the ambulance. They arrived and found my heartbeat to be very low and my blood pressure tanked. They stood me up, and I felt dizzy and almost passed out again, so they took me to the ambulance. In the ambulance, the paramedic first noticed a rash on my chest, then my arm. Suddenly, I had full-body hives and was having trouble breathing. The paramedic started treatment for anaphylaxsis with epinephrine and benadryl. I instantly had the worst headache of my life -- it felt like my cranium had been blown apart. My muscles were spasming; I couldn't control them and I was having severe anxiety. It was altogether scary. After a few hours in the hospital, they released me.
As of right now, the doctors don't know why I went into anaphylactic shock or what caused it. I get to carry around an epipen now, though. Don't I feel special?