Turns out I have a terrible allergy to my antibiotic. A summary in stats.
Antibiotic pills taken before reaction: 20
Hours before reaction started: 24
# of Benadryl taken, so far: 10
# of times I feared my throat would close: 1
ERs/Urgent Cares visited before someone looked in my throat: 3
Grumpy nurses: 2
Time spent in ER: approximately 1.5 hrs. A record, I believe.
Trips to CVS, so far: 5
4 Worst places to get hives: finger webbing, ankles, lower abdomen, armpit
Times I’ve gone crazy because my hands itch so badly: 3
Days of steroids required: 11
Duration of hives in any one location: 30 – 60 minutes
Best husband/caretaker in the world: Greg
Things I’m grateful for: Greg. breathing. medicine. doctors. timing of experiments at work. ability to miss days of work. Sherlock on Netflix. oatmeal. texts from friends. not travelling. itch-free sleep. proximity of CVS. cold coke cans.