I had a little bit of a scare yesterday. Hubby started getting some bumps on his face yesterday morning that we were pretty sure were hives. For most of the day, although they were gradually getting worse, we kept thinking the Benedryl he was taking would kick in at some point, and they’d start going away. But in the evening it seemed like they were getting worse more quickly, and by midnight he was swollen all over — even his ears — and his eyes were in danger of swelling shut. I kept asking him if he was having any trouble swallowing or breathing, but he said he never did. Thank you God for that. But, at midnight he had to decide whether to go th bed or go to the Emergency Room to see what exactly was going on and if they could give him some relief (besides the discomfort of the swelling, the hives itched like crazy). So, we decided it was prudent to go to the Emergency Room, because, frankly, the swelling had gotten so bad that I was afraid for him to go to bed, for fear the swelling would hamper his breathing while he was sleeping! (Side note: Yes, he did insist that he could drive to the hospital. It’s such a guy thing.)
Long story short, the doctor at the ER said that the antibiotic (amoxicillin) that Hubby had been taking for the last week for his cold/flu/whatever had caused the hives. In fact, she said that antibiotics are one of the most frequent causes of hives! Who knew? They gave him a 10-minute IV and we could actually see the hives getting better before we left the hospital. This morning he is 99% better, with just a little swelling left under his eyes. He just has to take a couple prescriptions for the next few days to finish off the treatment. Thank you, God.
Even when an event like this is as minor as this one turned out to be, it reminds us how quickly a happy, healthy life can change. It also reminded me of an e-mail I received from a blogging friend a few days ago. In it she told me about the serious illness of a man who is very dear to her.
“Last week he suffered a massive stroke in his brain stem which caused a rare condition called Locked-in Syndrome. He is paralyzed from the neck down, but his mind is fully functioning. He can communicate with his eyes. Sandra, he’s the smartest man I know and to think of him in this condition is heartbreaking for all who know him. I don’t mean to burden you with this sadness, but I know you, like me, believe in the power of prayer and in miracles. If you could say a prayer for him, I’d be so grateful.”