I went to see my doctor because I had a sore throat. He asked what was wrong but I could barely talk. He demanded that I speak louder. I said, “I’m sorry, I’m a little hoarse.” He said, “Sorry to be the one to break it to you but the resemblance doesn’t stop there.”
The nerve of some people. I know! A couple of years ago I discovered that I am allergic to shellfish. We were having an crab appetizer at home when suddenly, bam – my throat started closing up, my heart was very erratic, you know the symptoms.
Instead of going to the ER like a sane person, I decided to take benadryl and try to relax. I could breathe but my heart wasn’t getting better. I went to see my (now former) doctor. I explained to the receptionist what was happening and she told me that I was in anaphylaxis and needed to see the doctor immediately.
I stood right there for half an hour (I know!) while she checked with their accounting department to make sure I didn’t owe them any money! I didn’t. I complained to the doctor about it and he said she was just doing her job. I couldn’t believe it. I never have to wait now because I put some fake blood on my ears, nose and throat before going in.