Just a scary experience

Hi there !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

Something bad happened to me yesterday (  Feb. 23 ). I had a bad allergy reaction  to something I ate that morning (a longanisa/chorizo/sausage ) .  At first, I felt itchy all over. I took a shower immediately, was going to work, anyway ) then saw my whole body turned red color, then I felt wobbly and dizzy, and worst of all,  my eyes’ gone blind, (  all I could see was white light ) .  I screamed for Mom,  told her I couldn’t see, and  couldn’t move.  She even had to dress me up, then rushed me to the nearest  clinic (   walking distance from our house ) but  the staff there said to go to the nearest hospital  ER.  They didn’t know what was wrong, and told us they couldn’t handle it.  They wanted to call 911 but I told Mom  to just drive me there , mindful of the fact that a 911 ambulance is expensive. It isn’t  free, folks. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the hospital, and by that time, my vision had cleared up, and I could see again. I was still itchy and the red ( from my face down  to my toes )  hadn’t disappeared yet. The doctor  informed us that the blindness and dizziness were symptoms of a  panic attack.   They held me there for 6 hours for observation ( to see if  reaction would recur ) We were at the hospital from 12:30 to 7:30 PM . I  have to see an allergy doctor soon. I need to be tested for other allergy reactions. By the way,  when I was 5, the same thing happened to me. ( no blindness, though )  It was during my birthday party and  I had eaten too many hotdogs, so I was told.

I was told to avoid  eating processed meat products and any food that contains artificial red dye or color, and preservatives like saltpeter ( sodium nitrites ) for the meantime.

This is it for now.   By the way, I ‘ve already written 5 posts on my manga/anime blogsite HERE. Since I don’t have a  Follow feature there,  @ disperser    has suggested to go to your subscription manager and manually enter my URL  http://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/ on your   http://wordpress.com/following/edit

 

127 responses to this post.

  1. Glad you’re okay! Maybe Annie was sending you a message. 😉 Seriously, hope the doctors find out it’s not something really bad.

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    • Annie’s got my back. I’m her bestie. lol

      Ugh. I hope it’s not something more serious. Although I have to admit some allergic reactions can be fatal.

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      • It sounds like what happened was serious. I’m almost hoping it was more like food poisoning. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

        And Annie does have your back, don’t worry.

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  2. Are you sure you were not watching the presidential primaries? I ask because I have the same reaction. Well, almost. I don’t lose my vision, but wish I could poke my eyes and eardrums and be spared the horror.

    Glad it passed, and hope you can narrow it down and identify exactly what it is you need to avoid.

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    • I had that reaction 45 minutes after eating the chorizo. That was the first I ate that brand of sausage. I didn’t eat anything else. Oh, of course ,rice and milk, too. But I eat rice and drink milk everyday. So it must be the sausage. I didn’t watch the debate, either. he he

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  3. How scary. Better stay away from sausages just to be safe.

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  4. How scary! Glad it passed! And hopefully, it will just keep on going, never to return.

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  5. Mucho cuidado with what you eat. I didn’t know about this other blog. I don’t understand why we can’t follow. Will I be able to comment or like? In the mean while, be careful what you eat. Be well.

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    • Yes, you’ll be able to comment and like. I’m not sure but when you click LIKE, you’ll see Follow this blog. You need to click that. Or, when you post a comment, a box will appear that says, click the box if you want to receive new posts on your email.
      however, some readers don’t get those either.

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  6. How frightening and stressful that must have been! Glad you are feeling better. It might have been tainted food – doesn’t hurt to check to see if others had a bad reaction too.

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  7. Scary for you. I am glad you are okay and will see the allergist. Rest up and baby yourself for awhile.

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  8. that surely was scary Ren, be careful of what you eat. A long time ago, I also experienced drug allergy. I had red patches all over and my eyes were blood red, I could not breathe. had to rest for a day before I could go back to work.

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    • I also felt those pesky needles and pins….. and I was hot, like I had fever.

      I know. I have to be careful from now on. Read the ingredients on the labels, that’s what I’ll do. And better yet, make home made food.

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  9. Posted by Rocco B on February 24, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Damn! :(. Hope you’re okay Ren.

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  10. Stay away from those foods Ren, my son have that kind of allergy. In his previous allergy attack he passed out, so I am very very careful now not to let him eat processed food.

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  11. I hope you’re feeling better now, Ren. Allergic reactions can be scary. I’m allergic to aspirin. When I was a teenager, I took Ibuprofen one night because I didn’t think it was aspirin. Apparently, people who are allergic to aspirin shouldn’t take Ibuprofen. When I woke up in the morning, my eyes were swollen shut, and I had a rash all over.
    But, I think food allergies are worse. You need to be extra careful.

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    • There are those who can’t breathe, or their esophagus close. That would be very scary.

      My parents are allergic to eggplants. I research on eggplants, and I found out that eggplants contain a lot of allergens !

      A lot of people are allergic to aspirin. That’s unfortunate because apirin is a drug of choice for common pains.

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  12. That’s so scary, hope your doing much better now.

    I’m going to manually add your new URL! Good luck with your other site too!

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  13. Wow! I’m happy you’re okay. That sounds scary. I would probably still be hospitalized from freaking out over the temporary blindness.

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  14. How frightening for you, so glad it passed and it’s just a short-term allergy.

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  15. Aww. Not eating longanisa and chorizo is like….. well, I hope you’re doing better now.

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    • We always buy longanisa at the Filipino supermarket. We prefer that than the ones we buy at regular stores. And I eat that a lot , especially for breakfast. So I don’t know why that happened to me..

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      • Allergies usually come out later in life. My ex suddenly got allergies from eating mangoes by her late 30s. Yours was kinda dramatic – the blindness and all. Like everyone’s comments, try to get two or three opinions as to what triggered that and how to avoid it the next time. I doubt it’s just longanisa and chorizo that are the culprits but something else or much more. 🙂

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        • Ugh. I hope not much more. The medic immediately ” guessed ” it might be the preservatives. The skinless longanisa is raw meat, and therefore could contain more preservatives than normal.

          My dad has suddenly become allergic to eggplants. He was tested , and indeed it was positive to eggplant.

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  16. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on February 24, 2016 at 3:09 am

    that is scary!!! I had a reaction to B12. I had been taking for weeks. I am really supposed to take so many vitamins or minerals because of my allergies to them. anyway I was trying to build up immune system, and I reacted pretty severely. The ER doctor kept diagnosing me with stomach flu.Even though my throat was nearly closed up. Third time at the ER another doctor finally concluded it wasnt stomach flu!

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    • If it was your first time, even the doctors wouldn’t have any idea. I was the one who told them it might be allergy… coz it happened to me already.

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  17. I hope your allergist is able sort it out. stay well renxkyoko ! keep things boring and simple for a bit !

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  18. I am glad you’re feeling better.

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  19. Glad you’re ok! Hopefully it was just allergies so you’ll know what to avoid so it doesn’t happen again! 🙂

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  20. Hey…ingat lagi…. don’t be matakaw :p

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    • Ate, hindi ko masabi ditto it was made in San Francisco , but it’s a Filipino brand. Nakakahiya. Masira pa tayo, di ba ? at tsaka, it’s not their fault , di ba ? Ako yun.

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      • ha ha ha….oo hayaan mo na lang sila…it is your fault for being matakaw ha ha

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        • Sarap kase nung naked longanisa. Ha ha

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          • Hahahaha lagot.

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            • Meh. We have a delicious recipe of skinless longanisa. I can still eat it.

              I’m afraid something in the longanisa triggered my allergy, and now I ‘m afraid even a small amount of that thing can give me a reaction. I better check out corned beef.

            • Better eat home made then…yes and now you’ll always get the reaction.

            • * sigh * We love Vigan longanisa ! ! ! I’ll try a small bite. I don’t think it has much preservatives because before the day ends, the longanisa is sold out. The one that I ate was bought at the frozen aisle of a regular supermarket, and I assume it’s been there a long time. We were surprised to find a Filipino longanisa in a non- Filipino grocery. The Filipino store ( it’s huge, by the way…. it’s called Seafood City ) is far, far way from our house, so we shop there at most once a month, and therefore we have to buy the stuff and should last at laest a month. We buy all our meats there. They are already cut according to the dish you want the meat for. like for adobo, tapa, sinigang, etc. Anyway, that’s the reason why we were glad we found this kind of longanisa at our neighborhood grocery.

            • frozen ones are dangerous…and never buy Filipino food in a non-Filipino grocery 😀

              here in Dubai everything is frozen as well *__* almost.

  21. Good to know you’re safe now,..careful and… cheers!

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  22. that was pretty intense… Happy to hear you’re feeling better now.. but don’t you have an epi pen lying around somewhere? Just a precaution.

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    • I haven’t seen an allergy doctor yet. Believe it or not, I haven’t taken any medication in my whole life, except something that was prescribed to me by the dentist when I had my wisdom tooth taken out. The ER medic was very careful.

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      • But allergy medications are mostly OTC. A small dose wouldn’t be fatal, i think, now that it’s confirmed, you’re allergic to longaniza. OR. which is unlikely, don’t eat too much longganiza / hotdog / sausages… Hahaha!

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  23. Posted by serene28 on February 24, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Scary. I have a allergic too, to kiwi. My whole mouth will itches and swollen. I hope it is not serious. Avoid any food that may cause your allergic. Take care

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    • You’re still lucky it’s kiwi you’re allergic to, ha ha. Can you imagine being allergic to bacon, hotdogs and ham ? Or maybe tomato sauce if it has preservatives in it. That’s tragic, lol.

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      • Posted by serene28 on February 25, 2016 at 12:00 am

        But kiwi is good for our skin and health 😦 yeah I can’t imagine my life without bacon, ham or hotdogs >< hope that it's nothing big

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        • Any fruit will do. By the way, is kiwi sold in the Philippines still imported from New Zealand, or does the country now grows it ? I like kiwi too, but it’s very expensive here in the US coz it’s imported. New Zealand is closer to the Philippines , so I assume it’s much cheaper there ?

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  24. Glad you’re fine now. It feels like I was reading a suspense novel, so thrill to see the ending. Always take care! 🙂

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    • Ahahaha ! I know that feeling.

      Yup, I’ll be very, very careful from now on. Home cooked meals from scratch is what I need. ( although I did cook the chorizo at home, he he )

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  25. I am glad you’re okay now, I would recommend milking it for all its worth and staying in bed with TV and books!

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    • Went to work the next day. It felt like it didn’t happen at all. But I’ll be careful from now on. Will be eating home cooked meals , from scratch. Darn, I can’t even eat bacon. Bacon ! ! !

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  26. That must have been scary! Hope you are doing fine now.

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  27. Posted by abyssbrain on February 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    I hope that you are feeling better now.

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  28. I hope you are feeling okay. God bless you.

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  29. allergic reactions are scary! I have a severe peanut and seafood allergy, and I go into anaphylactic shock almost instantly when I accidentally eat those. I can never leave home without an EpiPen now 😣 I’m glad you’re okay and please take care!

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    • Re seafood allergy ( or seafood that turns orange when cooked )…. an aunt gets affected just from the smell of cooked shrimps and crabs . Fortunately, fish does not affect her at all.

      Nuts ( peanuts, walnuts, etc ) contain so much allergens. And reactions are very severe for peanuts , for some reason.

      My Mom used to have a catering business. She always indicated dishes that had peanuts Or any nut kind of nuts in it. She had witnessed her college friend’s allergic reaction to nuts, that’s why .

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  30. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Be careful what you eat..

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  31. Whew! Scary experience but I’m glad that you’re okay.

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    • Ugh, Xena, the most scary part was the temporary blindness….. and at that moment, I didn’t know it was temporary. I thought that ‘s it, I’m blind now, my life is over.

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  32. I love longanisa, but I also just started getting an allergic reaction to sodium nitrates last year, so no more longanisa for me 😦 I eat tofu hotdog when I get desperate, but it’s not even close to real hotdogs. Keep well! 🙂

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    • I think the longanisa has more nitrates than regaular processed meat product because it is raw meat, an hence needs to be preserved. Regular hotdogs and hams are more or less pre-cooked , and therefore don’t need that much preservatives. the one I had eaten was skinless longanisa and totally raw. Almost all Filipino chorizoz and longanisas are raw. The one I had was at the frozen aisle of a regular supermarket, and maybe had been there for weeks and weeks. The ones sold at the Filipino supermarket are sold out at the end of the day. So I guess that’s the difference.

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      • I just know that I feel better when I eat foods that are not laden with chemicals.

        I appreciate how you think things through a lot in your posts. You write with honesty and much thought. Thank you! 🌷

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  33. Glad you are doing better! Allergic reactions can be very scary. As a child nuts would send me to the ER gasping for air while some other foods would make me break out in an itchy rash.

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  34. Posted by Lizabeth on February 29, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Hm, I have a question…

    Okay, so, a few days ago I have eaten red beans and brown rice for dinner. I took a shower and when I came out my hands (top part) had red rashes on them. It kind of stung, but I wasn’t itchy. Happened again when I ate pizza.

    Just a little curious, is this a possible allergy? I never experienced allergies in my life, so I was wondering if what I experienced was a reaction.

    It’s good that you’re okay though 🙂

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  35. Great to hear your OK now – but I’ll bet it was scary!

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  36. Good to know you are doing OK. Allergies are nothing fun, are they! Take care.

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  37. I’ve actually had those as well. Panic attacks will literally shut your systems down. I hope you are doing better!

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  38. I am glad you are ok. That must have been so scary. Oh my goodness…

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  39. Wow, what a awfully scary event- stay away from that swine my friend.

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  40. Temporary blindness is awful. I’ve had it hit me a few times before, sometimes with complete amnesia for hours at a time. Hope you can stay safe

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  41. Wow. How scary is that. Nothing like that has ever happened to me, and I don’t know how I would react if it did. I’m just very pleased your Mum was around to look after you. Don’t know what caused it, but it doesn’t sound like your average panic attack to me. Keep safe 🙂

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  42. Hey, Friend. Sorry to hear that. Allergies can be quite frightening. After you see the Allergologist (who will probably find you allergic to everything, don’t mind him/her) make sure you get a prescription for an antihistaminic. Which you might carry around just in case. Soe allergies can get you into anaphylactic shock, and that is not good. I understand you’re better now. Glad. Have a nice week-end.
    Brian

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  43. Sorry to hear about your experience. My daughter has a similar experience once her mouth and eyes became swollen and she was itching all over. Luckily enough I had allergy medication at home which I immediately gave her.

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  44. Ooh very sad my deaest friend. Get well soon. Smile.

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  45. Helo 🙂

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  46. So sorry to read this. It must have been very scary not only for you, but for your poor Mom. Hope you are better by now. Take care.

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  47. So happy to hear you are over this frightening experience. I knew there was a good reason I’m a vegan 🙂

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  48. Once, I put aloe vera on my face, and it bubbled. That was fun.

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  49. Glad you’re okay. I know I don’t need to say “be careful,” but I can’t help myself: Be careful!

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  50. What a frightening experience!
    Glad all cleared up.
    {Hugs}

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  51. Glad you’re OK! 😃

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  52. Have you fully recovered yet?

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  53. The blindness is terrifying! Glad you’re ok.

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  54. This has happened to me way too many times! I broke out in hives for 5 days straight last year… (Still don’t know the cause!) The allergist told me I likely cross-reacted (ate Avocado but my body thought it was pollen from tree or something similar). Hope everything went well! The blinding part sounds awful! 😦

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