I am medically challenged too! To date, I have on Medik Awas 56 known drug allergies excluding adhesives. I am terribly allergic to 3M’s Primapore ( cannot miss it as it comes in a blue plastic reel bearing 3M trademark), plasters, rubber and could only use Tagaderm on selected sites. Selfix and Opsite on days I feel like tolerating too would be fun!
Oh and get this…the reactions from drugs and plasters are difficulty to breathe, deep coma like sleep and horribly big blisters or hives respectively!
I remember Dr James being the regular Doubting Thomas then. I bet he must have thought I was the world’s biggest hypochondriac and he had to test! I broke out in blisters and he looked at me and said “wow! It is true!!” Duhh….he took me for a guinea pig to prove his theory at my poor expense. To date, I show him the scar and remind him of my “pain and suffering” to poke fun since we both know the medical scene has become more litigious that we know 😉
Couple of days back, the vein that held my IV plug decided to get clotted. Hmm…a medical phenomenon I was told as it took the ruddy vein to get clotted some three weeks after the plug was removed.
Dr Pang told me that if I became green lantern, I must then get worried, otherwise, it will turn from red as in inflamed to green, then to yellow before subsiding! He is just getting back at me with his brand of acerbic humor as I called him “Tonto” because I refused to call him BC as per his request as it stood for (to me) “Before Christ” and worst still it reminded me of a twit I once knew.
Manipulative that other “BC” was.
I was his underling and I was made to research and write his PhD dissertation then. I was unpaid, not given honorary one liner to be thanked for plus I was literally a ghost writer. I quit the job as this BC got a bit too much stalking me to the airport and waiting for me to disembark at Changi Airport from my trip home from Turkey to get me to write 3 chapters as his professor had brought the timeline forward when I was away on vacation. But I digress now. Back to my original blog topic haha!
Doctors tend to take me for a test now and then. Just to prove me wrong. So much so, that they refuse to tell me what they did to me when I was deep in slumber under anesthesia only to wake up to realize two weeks later a red patch here or there only to be told by Dr James, “my bad, that would be me trying a new adhesive” He is absolutely devilish!
But in truth, I know he has a kind heart as I am running out of drug and adhesive options.
I made an awful mistake of downing 2 orange colored paracetamol called Pacofen. I did not read the fine print that it contained 8mg of codeine in each 500mg tablet. Two hours later, I was trying too hard to breathe. I went back to the blister pack and realized good gawd, codeine!! Luckily, I could let the drug wear off. Dr Pang was watching me via whats App ( darn this application is good man!) communication. Dr Pang opined the need for me to find and keep drugs. If codeine at its own 50mg dose, I would be dead! So, it found a spot in Medik Awas!
I write in sharing with fellow bloggers who may have drug or adhesive allergies. It is important to write and describe the effects of the offending drug you have been exposed to. It helps during major surgeries and helps the medical team managed me during my stay in hospital each time.
I feel like the little boy in a plastic bubble….I am a germ magnet and dine only in less crowded places and avoid crowds! Sigh….And given my spiritual limbo status, I might be allergic to God too 😉