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The pills were to be taken four times a day, with or after food, so as it was lunchtime by then, I quickly made a ham sandwich and a salad, and dutifully swallowed a tablet. I thought, as it was relatively large, that it had scratched my throat on the way down, for I noticed an uncomfortable sensation in the tonsil area that had me swigging more water, then opting for a choc-ice to cool it down.
The leaflet which came in the pill packet caught my eye, as I started to fill my pillbox, and it unfolded to show the following:- Like all medicines, it can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
It didn't take me long to realise I was one of the few! My throat was itching, and the irritation even spread inside up to my ears! I looked in a mirror, and my uvula looked swollen and there was a bright red rash down the side of my neck. Eek!
Within a few seconds, I felt my lips swelling, at which point I rang the surgery for advice. The receptionist said she'd get the Doctor to callback immediately. It was getting hard to talk by now, so when Doctor Hughes told me to phone for an ambulance, I asked her if she could do it for me.
Next , an operator from the ambulance service telephoned and said she's stay on the line until I could tell her the medic's car was at my door, which it was within a couple of minutes.
By this time, I had red patches appearing on my skin, and I was itching like fury. The medic opened her box of tricks, while asking me lots of questions, and put a cannula in my arm , into which she injected a hearty dose of Piriton.
About five minutes later, the ambulance plus two more medics appeared on the scene, and transported me to the Emergency Department of Queen Alexandra Hospital - about a ten minute drive away.
At this point , I was the colour of a lobster, and felt as though I had sunburn, and was shivering into the bargain.
Thus I spent an entertaining three hours being poked, prodded, wired up, fed pills and kept under observation until I once again resembled a human being instead of a crustacean!.
I was then allowed home, none the worse for my little adventure, but a few days anti-histamine pills kept my brain rather dozy, hence the time delay before letting you share in the excitement! Hehehe!