It’s been quite a month and I need to tell you what’s been going on with me.


First, the results from all the scans and labwork from April were good. I had an appointment on my mom’s birthday (May 7th),, but nearly missed it because I had remembered the wrong time. Fortunately, my doctor saw Victor and me in the waiting room and took her time.

The Trip

Later that day, we left for France in two cars: I drove my mom’s car and we took the two dogs, Puk and Jaap. Jaap is our Dalmatian dog from the dog rescue. Victor and Nancy followed with the luggage. We had two apartments side by side in the Hippotel in Le Touquet, about an hour south of Calais in Northern France. Thursday it rained all day but Nancy and I walked on the beach with the dogs. Friday was better and at the end of the day we had sun.


Le Touquet


The Bite

While I was sitting on the grass, Jaap jumped at Puk and wanted to bite him. I tried to intervene and was bitten myself. It hurt terribly, and I was bleeding. Jaap’s teeth were deep in my wrist and the bone hurt badly. It was the wrong thing to do – to try to stop him – and he had not meant to bite me. But there we were, my hand badly hurt. Victor dressed the wound and I lay down to try to get over the pain. The next day, Victor drove me back home, with Jaap on the back seat. Once we got back we went to the hospital where the doctor gave me a tetanus vaccination (mine had just expired) and prescribed an antibiotics cure.

The Shock

A week later, on Saturday, I noticed a rash developing. When I was in the hospital in oktober 2012, I had also developed a rash because of the antibiotics. Turns out I was still very allergic. That night, we went to the hospital again and the doctor prescribed anti-itch medication. I slept all day Sunday and Monday but Victor didn’t feel good about it and called the doctor. The doctor checked my pulse which he found too high and my bloodpressure too low. My temperature was 40.3 C. His conclusion was that I had an anaphylactic shock. The ambulance took me to the hospital where they pumped me full of fillers and other junk – adrenaline, dexamethasone, prednisone etc.

hands & IV

I had to stay two nights and was then discharged. My whole body is covered by the rash, but the medication makes it bearable. Here’s a photo of my arm:

rash arm

On Thursday I felt very weak – which turned out to be my low bloodpressure again (78/39). My doctor advised me to eat licorice to raise my bloodpressure.

The training

Friday I attended the training for the ambassadors for work and cancer. It was good to meet the others and be part of a group of like-minded individuals who have all had similar experiences. The past few days my face and legs have been swollen – my ankles are thick again. I hope to get back to work again this week and get back to normal.

15 Replies to “Shock”

  1. Sheila wat een gedoe. Ik weet nog goed dat jij dit eerder had en ik snap niet dat ze je niet een soort paspoort meegeven waar de middelen staan die jij echt niet mag hebben. Sterkte en voor de zekerheid: doe een briefje in je tas waarop staat dat je allergisch bent. X je nicht

  2. Ach meid, dat is schrikken! Werkt zout/ORS niet veel beter om de bloeddruk op acceptabel niveau te krijgen?

  3. Hai lieve vrienden en vriendinnen, dank voor jullie lieve reacties. De uitslag is nu weg aan het trekken, mijn huid is nog wel vlekkerig. Ook het oedeem is al minder geworden. Fijne dag allemaal!

  4. Hi Sheila! That sounds like a terrible experience! Are you allergic to penicillin antibiotics? Hopefully you get that recorded so you never have to take them again. On a better note, I’m happy to hear your April lab results were good!

  5. Wat een heftige reactie! Ik vond je al zo stil en maakte me een beetje zorgen toen je niet meer blogde na Philadelphia. Nu snap ik het helemaal.

    Ik hoop dat je snel weer opknapt. Als het oedeem ook wegtrekt, voel je je hopelijk snel weer beter!

  6. Heftig zeg! Ik weet uit ervaring hoe pijnlijk een beet kan zijn, maar ik had geen allergische reactie zoals jij. Veel sterkte! En zoals ik lees gaat het de goede kant op. Ik ben vooral heel erg blij met je lab resultaten!

  7. You can’t seem to get a break!! I hope you’re back to normal soon Sheila. Hang in there. Sending love and light from Ohio 🙂

  8. Zielig voor je Sheila, ziet er echt heel erg uit.
    Gewoon een slecht ziekenhuis.
    Maak je niet te veel zorgen, werk kan wel wachten, voel je snel beter!

  9. Sheila, in een reflex doe je idd rare dingen. Je bent zo lief voor mens en dier, soms een beetje te lief. Ik hoop je snel weer te zien op onze normale plek.

  10. Sterkte en spoedig herstel gewenst. Soms hebben ‘kleine’ zaken ingrijpende gevolgen en wordt je even ‘stilgezet’.

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