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Be cautious of what’s in the IV

After telling the doctor I was allergic to all penicillin medications, I was given one via IV after ear surgery. I went into anaphylactic shock. Worse yet, I was under paralytic medication and was unable to remove the needle nor could I take down the IV bag. My husband took down the bag and ran for a nurse. That nurse refused to do anything because I was not her patient. Then, the doctor did not arrive until hours later, but he had prescribed injections of an antihistamine.

Subsequently I discovered my mental processes had been damaged. I am a writer and I found organizing material for the book had become extremely difficult. I had to undergo therapy, and partial recovery took more than a year – complete recovery did not occur.