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Size Is Not Always Relative To Importance


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 .




  • Denise Glab says:

    All Alavert is is a form of Claritin – the generic name is loratadine. This is a good all-around antihistamine, and, along with diphenhydramine, or Benadryl, should absolutely be in your emergency gear. They also have disentegrating strips, which should be placed under your tongue, and can even work on people on the verge of becoming unconcious. Using meds under the tongue is a great way to get them into the system rapidly,as the tongue has a very large vessel network to the system.

  • Micheal says:

    You should check with your doctor and discuss with him about being prescribed an epi-pen. Apoplectic shock is a serious life threatening condition and not to be taken lightly. I’m an EMT and we carry them on our ambulances just in case someone doesn’t have theirs or for first time reactions.

  • wilma says:

    I am highly allergic to shell fish and nearly died from it causing my throat to swell shut. Thats when I learned about Benedryl which I carry with me where ever I go because you never know when shellfish is preppared on the same grill as chicken at a guest home or restaurant.

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