Breathless

Oh my god I can’t believe this is happening…I’ve gotten an insect sting for the first time in 30 years and I can’t find my Epi-Pen. I’ve looked for it everywhere — in drawers, in my closet, purse, carry bag, everything. As I search for it frantically, I can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen. How long will it take for the hives to come? What will happen if I don’t find my Epi-Pen before they start coming? Will I die?

I can feel the hives starting to come out now, my throat is starting to close up….oh my god where is it?? I’m tearing through my bathroom drawers as I start hyperventilating….whew I finally found it.

As I pull the cap off with shaking hands, press the Epi-Pen to my thigh and press the button, I can feel the liquid relief start flowing through me. My throat stops closing up and I start breathing normally again. After I’ve relaxed enough, I call my husband and tell him what’s happened — he comes and gets me and takes me to the ER.


At the ER, the doctor checks me out and tells me I’ll be OK. “You may have some bruising on your thigh from where you used the Epi-Pen, but you’ll be fine. Just take some Benadryl and the hives will be gone by morning.”

“Thank you doctor, I’m feeling better already.”


The next morning I wake up and check myself out — the hives are gone, but just like the doctor said there is a big bruise on my thigh from where I used the Epi-Pen. Oh well, small price to pay for stopping a bee sting reaction.

I know one thing though, I will never let that happen again — I’ll make sure I have my Epi-Pen on me at all times during the spring and summer months.


This is based on a dream I had and not on anything that’s happened to me in real life — I am allergic to bees, but I haven’t been stung since I found out I had the allergy over 30 years ago. If you enjoyed this story, please click on the heart to recommend it.

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