Soo, I took my daughter up to my sister's for a sleepover and we all went out to the new Sonic in her town. I haven't been to a sonic since we lived in So Cal. We ordered our burgers, my daughter ordered a hot fudge malt and I ordered a plain chocolate malt. The kicker is I am allergic to coconut. VERY allergic. Coconut oil keeps chocolate solid at room temperatures. It's what most hot fudges use to keep the chocolate thick. Server comes to the car and gives us our orders. There is a big chocolate C on the underside of the lid of one of the malts. Server says- "this one's chocolate", so I kept it and handed DD the other one, didn't think to have DD check it first. I proceeded to enjoy a really yummy chocolate malt. About a 3rd of the way into it, the hot fudge starts coming up the straw in gobs- YUMMM. I LOVE chocolate, therefore it took several long swallows before I realized that malt tasted TOO good. Sent it to the daughter to check and sure enough, I HAD THE WRONG MALT! At the same time I realized I was feeling REALLY congested. We called another worker out to bring the fudge can and sure enough- COCONUT OIL was the 3rd ingredient. DD went through my purse, NO EPI PEN! I left it on my dresser the other day when I changed purses. Sonic worker offered to call an ambulance, but I wasn't too bad just then, so I had my sis drive me to the nearest Emergency. By the time we got there I was really having a hard time breathing and started having a little chest pain (anxiety?). I talked the provider out of Epi because was able to maintain my airway RELATIVELY okay with rest. Kept asking her to check me in 5 more minutes (Epinephrine is PAINFUL when injected under the skin, and the side effects SUCK!). They gave me a large dose of Benadryl in the shoulder and a HUGE dose of steroids in each butt side! The strange thing about my reaction to coconut is my blood pressure. Last time (Sept 2008) I ended up in the ICU for 3 days because my blood pressure skyrocketed. We managed to get it down with just the benadryl this time (provider says that proves the high bp was a histamine reaction). Got to go home, not quite, had to go back to the sister's house to be monitored for a while. Convinced sister and daughter I was safe to drive home- about 45 minutes- around 10 pm. Took more benadryl and a percocet for the RAGING headache and low back pain and went to bed. The sucky thing about steroids is what it does to my sleep cycle. Couldn't get to sleep until 4am, woke up at 6am and then managed to drift in and out until 8. Still have the headache and back pain, haven't checked my blood pressure today, usually when it goes high like that (only in these situations, thank the lord) I can feel it in my ears. Nobody's home until later tonight, hubby at work and daughter still at my sisters. Everyone is a phone call away, though. Too busy to hear me moan and complain, so guess what? YOU GOT THE HONORS! Thanks for listening!!! *big sigh, waiting for meds to work* I guess the good thing about all this is it DOES make me a more understanding nurse... I could do without, though.