Last time I posted Monday Morning Confessions I was eating cookies for breakfast. That’s stopped, but life in general hasn’t. Here’s some confessions for you all from my last week of life.
1. I hate cleaning
The people who know me are totally going to laugh at that one… “OF COURSE YOU DO” they’re shouting at their screens. But seriously, I loathe it. This is why I was shocked when the other day I cleaned the house from top to bottom. Manfriend asked me if I was sick, and the next day it turned out I was. That was just a coincidence I’d like to think. I’m not a “leave food everywhere” type of person and my workplace at work is spotless, but at home its like a free for all. And poor Manfriend is a saint. The only pocket of my space that is constantly spotless is the spot in front of the computer where I put my coffee and lunch and phone.
2. It drives me crazy how little people know about allergies and allergic reactions.
Allow me to step on my soapbox.
*gets on soapbox*
As someone who suffers from multiple allergies that can send me into anaphylactic shock, it drives me crazy how little the average person knows about epipens and allergic reactions. It’s not their fault, its just not widespread knowledge that epipens don’t fully solve the problem. Even the way some first aid courses teach it imply that an epipen is the solution to the problem. ITS NOT! The epipen is only a way of keeping you alive for a little bit longer.
If someone has an allergic reaction and requires an epipen THEY HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL. The epipen is NOT a solution… its a method of extending life. The other part people don’t know (to no fault of their own) is that even if an epipen says its expired or the solution in the window is cloudy, you should still attempt to use it ESPECIALLY if medical help is far away. The worst is that the epipen won’t inject (thats what the expiration date is for), or the epinephrine won’t work properly (not necessarily going to harm the patient more than not giving the epipen would).
Also, please inject it in the side of their thigh (use the seam of pants as a guide). Its powerful enough to go through pants, but also remember that if you stick it in the TOP of their thigh you’re going to jab a needle into their thigh bone and no epinephrine is going to go anywhere, not to mention they now have a needle embedded in their thigh bone. And for the love of cookies count to ten, because otherwise you’re just injecting them for no good reason and the medication hasn’t actually dispensed yet.
Whenever possible, they need to inject themselves. Check local state and provincial laws, because in both provinces I’ve lived in, it is illegal for a first aid practitioner to give someone medication. Of course, if they’re going to die, use your best judgment. Just don’t be ignorant of the law.
FINALLY… if someone with an allergic reaction says they DONT need it yet, believe them. I personally don’t like to take mine until I realize I am about to pass out – it gives me longer to live if I wait longer to take it… make sense?
Also, did you know it can take up to 24 hours for an allergic reaction to develop fully? If you have been stung, or bitten, or have hives and start to have breathing difficulty just assume its a more severe reaction and get yourself some help.
*gets off soapbox*
That being said, sometimes I just love the chefs I work with. The dessert for the staff meal had chili peppers in it (which equals death for me), and they made me a sundae instead even though I easily could have just gone without dessert. They also remembered to tell me I couldn’t have the dessert which saved me a trip to the hospital.
They’re so wonderful and it seriously made my night.
3. I need to drink more water
I’m no longer eating cookies for breakfast (no, instead I’m working on finding healthier protein filled easy options to eat because I need my fuel for the day! And once school starts I’m going to have to find a breakfast I can eat either on the bus, or eat and then have an 1.5 hour ride on the bus). So… one of those breakfasts that doesn’t make my tummy angry!
4. I need to start making my coffee at home.
I’m still guilty of buying my coffee every morning. And its not even that good, which is the part that gets me (it has no sugar or sweetener though, just cinnamon)
5. My food funk may be over
I’m feeling back on track with food… now just to get exercise in order!
What are your weekly confessions? And did you think an Epipen was the solution to an allergic reaction? Be honest, I won’t be upset