"You're a time bomb," a doctor told me jokingly last year, about a month after my first anaphylaxis.
I'm not a terrorist; I don't know how to make bombs.
I'm a time bomb, because, according to the doctor, my immune system is overly sensitive, and anything around me could have triggered another anaphylaxic shock. She recommended skin allergy test, where 50 different allergens will be introduced to the body through skin pricking. However, because of busy packing and moving, I haven't done it yet.
During the 3 months of staying alone in Ipoh, what worried me the most was another anaphylaxis. The first time I had anaphylaxis I fainted 15 minutes after the symptoms appeared. If it happened again, especially at night, will I be able to drive alone within 15 minutes to the nearby clinic?If I called for help, would my friends/neighbors be able to reach my house before I passed out?
Whenever I entered my backyard, I'd be extremely careful - I checked for ants; anything crawling around would bring me to high alert mode. I killed them with my flip-flop and insecticide. At night, before I went to bed, I'd check for ants again in the room. I was almost bitten by the red fire ant a few times while hanging clothes at the backyard, but thank God I manged to kill it before it attacked me.
Thank God that there's no second anaphylaxis during the 3 months. Soon I'm going to visit the doctor's again and take the skin allergy test. Hopefully I'd find out what else causes allergy in me, besides red fire ant sting.
I thank God for my life! :-)