All good tales start at the beginning, who wants to walk into the middle. They tell me that this is good therapy, I need to face my demons, we'll see.
The date was 14 Oct 2014, a day like any other. Sunny and warm (this is Florida after all) and I had an appointment with the dentist. That went as expected and he gave me a script for amoxicillian, I've taken that many times and it always worked well. So, I returned home from the drug store and went into my home office to do some work. Cleared out a bunch of emails and then remembered the antibiotic. I took one and went back to work.
It took about 5 minutes and I was feeling flushed, then the itching all over at about 10 minutes. Now hives a few minutes later. Started thinking I must be having a minor reaction so took a couple Benedryl. (sp) About 5 minutes later I realize it is getting difficult to breath. My wife was home so I calmly walked to her den asked her to call 911 and tell them I was going into anaphylactic shock. It went downhill very quickly after that. I started fighting for air, it is terrifying when you can't breathe. Where are the paramedics? I decide I'm probably going to die laying on the bed, but not without a fight.
The paramedics arrived and declared I was having a heart attack, they put the monitors on, I remember one saying my pulse was 200 but they couldn't get a blood pressure. They won't listen and tell my wife to calm down, I'm not in anaphlactic shock. At this point I black out,i can't breathe at all. My wife tells me they got me to the ambulance and realized my airway was shutdown, The breathing failure had caused my heart to run away trying to compensate and had caused my heart to go into Afib. Start injecting Benedryl...Gee I was in full blown anaphylactic shock, who knew. Unfortunately my heart stays in Afib as my my airway comes back. But Afib is throwing clots now.Arrive at the ER and off to the cath lab. They remove 1 clot and schedule me for a triple bypass the next day. Little did we realize that both my wifes and my life were about to go sideways.