Severe allergic reaction

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Joanna and I always spend a few days of our summer holidays out in the countryside – we both love the outdoors and exploring new walks.

We were hiking through a field when I was stung on my neck by a bee. This was a not a great situation to be in – not only did it hurt, but I also have a severe allergy to bee stings.

My body reacted immediately. My face and hands began to swell; my skin began to itch, going red and blotchy. I started to find it difficult to talk or breathe. I was on the verge of panicking.

Joanna knew that we needed to do something straight-away. She got me to sit down and helped calm me down. I always take my epi-pen out with me, so while Joanna called 999 I grabbed it from my bag and gave myself the injection.

Joanna explained to the emergency services that I had had a severe allergic reaction and that I had used my epi-pen to help. We used Joanna’s phone’s mapping app to pinpoint where we were so the ambulance could find us easily.

While we waited for help to arrive Joanna stayed with me and made sure I was as comfortable as possible. She kept reassuring me that help was on the way. I’m so grateful that she was there and kept calm.

Allergic reactions can be scary to see, but Joanna managed to stay calm and help Finn. How would you feel if your friend or relative had an allergic reaction?

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