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Thread: Fire Ants-Beware they almost killed me yesterday!

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    Default Fire Ants-Beware they almost killed me yesterday!

    This morning I rolled up to my first stop. I was thinking to myself how smooth the morning went for a Monday. How fast they got my glass loaded, How polite the customers were on the phone during scheduling.
    I pulled up to my first stop, A windshield replacement on an Express Van. She had it parked in the shade for me because it was already hot out. It was like it was in a mine fieldthough as there were fire ant piles all over the place so I had to be careful. I reoved the windshield molding and proceeded to take the wipers off and the cowl screws. I lifted the drivers side cowl panel up to remove the wiper sprayer hose and as I removed my hand there were like 4 or 5 fire ants on my hand. As I wiped them off like 2 or 3 stung me. I thought noting of it as I used to get stung all the time down in Florida, There everywhere. I never had been allergic to any bites. I went to my van and cleaned out my bites and continued to work. Then within 5 minutes things went wrong. I was on the phone with my bud and I told him somethings wrong I gotta go. I knew things were going bad FAST. I figured at first, Drive to the police station at the end of the block and get an ambulance. It was a fire/police station. I started the van and sat for a second and said this isnt gonna work I am going bad too fast. I knew I had to get away from the van and that section of property. I started walking to the customers door to let her know. At the same I hit 911 on my phone. I knocked twice but she didnt hear me. She was upstairs in the back of the house sewing. At this point I was really having an issue breathing and was becoming paralized. I started to stumble towards the left front of the property where it was sandy and there was no ants. 911 dispatch came on and I was losing my abiltiy to speak. I told them fire ant bite, left hand, anaphylactic shock! Theywere like where are you? I told them I couldnt remember but track my phone I will keep the line connected. With that I face planted myself in the sand. I couldnt move or breath. It was like I had a 10 ton truck on my lungs. All I could do was take very short breaths and it was really hard. A few seconds before the ambulance showed up I took my last breath I had strength to do. I told them get me an epipen! they wouldnt do it until the IV was in. Meanwhile I was fighting for every breath. They hit me with epipen, steroids and some other stuff. as the Epipen didnt work. I was concious the whole time and I kept hearing them saying call his shop and let them know whats happening. I could barely get the words out to tell them, No shop phone is forwarded to me! My phone kept ringing. I told them call wife Aimee, In phone, call her not shop! They never made that call. I get into the hospital and they hook up all the monitors and gave me a mega dose of IV benedryl. I knew I was going o pass out real fast. They all left the room for a minute. With that I was able to wiggle my cell out of my pocket. I couldnt lift my arms so I opened the keyboard to send wife a text. I wrote Need help, Aiken Hospital. I hit send and tried to flip phone to see it. What did I see?? NO SERVICE!!!! The nurse came in and asked me what I was doing. She saw the phone and went to her desk and called. I then passed out for about 4 hours. When I woke up the wife was there with my older daughter. I was soaked and full of sand. The doctor said the benedryl made me piss myself in my sleep. He said its common. Because of the profuse sweating I was covered in sand from the face plant in the dirt.
    They monitored for a little while longer and released me. I now have to carry an epipen. I have never had an allergy to anything ever! I still feel like shnit but I am alive.
    My cell phone saved my life. If I didnt have it on me or if it didnt have the e911 I would be dead right now.

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    Glad you made it out alive! Allergic reactions are serious. One reason I keep lots of Benedryl around even though I'm not allergic to anything: crushing one and putting it under a tongue may save a life.

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    Glad you are ok! Sounds like you are one lucky dude!

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    Scary!! Glad you are well and hope this never happens again. Quick thinking on your part with the phone!!

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    There are more than a few good reasons to be able to be tracked... Glad it turned out with minimal damage... I am surprised they didn't keep you overnight in the hosp...
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    DAMN! that's rough, guess what I'm buying this afternoon... I always wonder what it'll turn out I am allergic to, so that wouldn't be a bad idea to have in the GHB. My dad carries benadryl all the time because they have a scorpion problem at their house, and he gets numb really fast.
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    Glad things turned out OK for you. That is scary.
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    I think they released me because they know my wife is a nurse and has handled cases like this and also because we dont have health insurance, We pay cash for our hospital and doctor visits.

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    Damn!!! Glad you're OK. Allergic reactions are nothing to screw with. Now that you've had one, future ones tend to be more severe. Keep that epi pen close and a spare around as well.

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    I now have to carry 2 epi pens with me. My wife also carries 2 with her. She had an allergic reaction to something unknown to this day once. So she carries too. Screwed up thing is I got bit AGAIN by ants yesterday taking out my garbage, No reaction at all. They also were not Australian fire ants though.

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