Several years ago I was playing volleyball with some friends and what started as a friendly game quickly turned life threatening for me.
After the ball was served, it was knocked out of bounds and into a nearby pasture. It was getting late and the sun was starting to set as I ventured into the pasture to retrieve the ball.
I stumbled around for a few minutes looking for it when someone finally had the bright idea to shine a flashlight out on me.
As soon as the light hit me I knew something was wrong. I was enveloped in a sickly yellow mist. I found the ball and as I leaned down to get it I realized where the mist was coming from, the pasture was filled with ragweed.
Up until that day I did not realize how allergic I was to that plant. I was maybe 20 yards from the fence but by the time I reached the gate I had already started sneezing. Within minutes the sneezing turned to coughing and my eyes began to water.
A few minutes after that, I felt a tightening in my throat as though someone had put their hands around my neck and began to squeeze. The squeezing sensation increased and within a few minutes I was having trouble breathing.
I was 30 miles from the nearest hospital and I began to panic. This phantom choking didn’t let up, I tried to take a normal allergy pill but by that point I couldn’t swallow anything.
It was at this point that my friends grandmother, a retired nurse, came to my rescue, She brought me an Alavert, allergy pill. I tried to choke out that I couldn’t swallow it, but she told me that it was dissolvable to simply set the pill on my tongue and let the medicine slide back against my throat.
I was still panicked, but within a minute the tightening in my throat began to let up. Within 5 minutes my breathing had gone back to normal. By 30 minutes I was good as new, aside from a few sniffles and extremely bloodshot eyes.
This tiny pill, no bigger than a mint, saved my life. I hadn’t felt that close to death since I almost drowned and I don’t plan to ever get that bad again. I Have Alavert Dissolvable tablets in both bathrooms and in my car at all times. I even carry a pouch of them in my pocket when autumn ( if you can call it that) hits in Texas and the ragweed spikes. If you have any severe allergies, I urge you to do the same .