Friday, July 15, 2011
Mangoes - sigh
I had another close encounter of the mango kind - not sure if it was something in the juice this AM (which was NOT made WITH mango, but there may have been mango on the kitchen implements or something) - or it might have been that I kissed Richard without his having washed his face after eating some mango. Doesn't matter, I went upstairs to take my vitamins and started having my mango reaction. Took what I could to alleviate symptoms (inhaler and benadryl) but things weren't improving - got Richard to give me the epipen because I freeze - then we went to an ER via taxi (told the driver it was "emergencia" and wow, did he drive like a bat out of you know where!)
I talked to a dr in admitting, they put Richard in charge of admitting me and they whisked me off to the ER - nice dr who spoke English did the triage, she talked to another dr who prescribed treatment, nurse put in IV line and I had all kinds of meds pumped in. I also have meds for 5 days while the mango goes through my system.
Not how one wants to spend vacation, but such is life in the tropics when you have a mango allergy. We were prepared, I will be more vigilant (read: paranoid), and we will do what needs to be done to deal with this.
So we're having a quiet day in the B&B, since the treatment zaps me for a while. We napped, Richard picked up lunch from Bagelman, we'll possibly go out for dinner. Just reading, internetting, and listening to the rain.
It did occur to me that I could go to the opening of Harry Potter, but I think it's dubbed in Spanish so I think I'll skip it till I get back to the VI or somewhere. But I will get to see the cereus blooming in the full moon tonight - when the rain lets up.
And we'll head north to Las Pumas tomorrow.
Okay, 9:42 this evening - there are now NINE huge blossoms on the night-blooming cereus - absolutely gorgeous! They're all wet, it has been raining all afternoon, although it's only drizzling right now - but if you click on the photos and look at them enlarged, you can see all the rain droplets sparkling like diamonds on the flowers - very cool! Totally worth waiting for! Maybe not worth the ER visit for, but worth having been forced to stay an extra day.