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December 2, 2003

just use a shoe next time.

A bug almost killed me.

Yes, you heard right. Well... it's more along the lines of the bug spray than the bug, but the fact is that the bug caused me to use the spray, which certainly harmed me. Or at least it caused me to have one heck of an asthma attack last night.

My roommate and I were desperately trying to get rid of one of the ugly little things, and nothing was working so we got an RA to give us some bug spray. First my roommate tried to spray it, but she wasn't tall enough to reach it, so I gave it a shot. Yeah, and after spraying the stuff in our room, I felt a little woozy.

My friend Michelle lives next to me, and she helped me into her room, but I couldn't breathe. I tried using my inhaler, but it was too late. I couldn't move my mouth or my hands. I was terrified, and I couldn't even speak or cry.

I blacked-out a few times, but I do recall Emily, my wonderful, amazing roommate, telling me helpful things like "breathe in the nose, out the mouth." When I was able to understand the commotion around me, I heard Emily urging me to breathe while she massaged my hands, which were so stiff I couldn't flex my fingers. She's going into nursing--is that the right thing for her or what?! (Thanks again, Em!)

The paramedics came and gave me oxygen and a stronger medication to stop the lung spasms, but I was shaking like a leaf, so they decided to take me in for precaution. Consequently, I was taken to the hospital around 11pm last night. By the time I got in the ambulance, I could speak again, but it was still difficult to breathe--the cold air certainly didn't help...

The paramedic told me that next time we should just use a shoe. Well, that was the first thing I picked up, but the bug went into our lighting fixture. Sure, let me use a shoe on that, and instead you'd be picking glass out of my foot... grr. Anyway, at the hospital, I calmed down a bit. Emily stayed with me, and Michelle came a little later. Thank heavens for good friends because I was terrified. We got back to the dorms around 1:30 this morning. And yes, I did go to my class at 9:30.

I'm still shaking from the meds they gave me, and my air passages seem a little tight, but I'm all right today. Thanks to everyone who helped me--I haven't had an asthma attack that badly since I was 12 years old (and I haven't had an attack at all since last summer!).

But I'm sure you're wondering--is the bug dead?
Well, I would hope so. Since the bug spray nearly took me out instead, I think the stupid thing is a goner.

Posted by KarissaKilgore at December 2, 2003 3:34 PM


What an eventful night! (Good use of links, too.)

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 2, 2003 4:21 PM

WOW what an eventful night!! I can relate though about the nasty lil bugs. I had a bunch of lady bugs in my room towards the begining of school and that was fun but the other day I nearly took a fit. My bug trauma is in my blog.I know alot of other people are having bug problems in Brownlee too. Alot of us wake up with random bug bites everywhere, its kinda creepy. But I'm glad to hear that you are ok!!!

Posted by: Steph at December 2, 2003 6:05 PM

Ya I was in Jackie's room when you were wheeled by going out. I didn't know what was going on, and something the paramedics were using was beeping way loud. You may have heard me yell "What is that BEEPING!!!" Sorry about that. If I'd known what was happening I certainly wouldn't have yelled that! Best of luck in the future with your asthma. Oh...and about those bugs. You should do what I do. Yell and scream and run around outside your room until someone comes and kills it for you. :) Works like a charm!

Posted by: Amy at December 2, 2003 7:28 PM

Good advice, Amy. I'll have to try that next time because I'm certainly never touching bug spray ever ever again!!

Yes, it was eventful, but now, I'm going to get some much needed rest :)

Posted by: KarissaKilgore at December 2, 2003 9:47 PM

Glad you're feeling much better, Riss. I'll be thinking about u on Saturday when we're having the time of our lives!
p.s. I think breaking the light fixtures would have been better than having an asthma attack!

Posted by: Jen at December 3, 2003 3:04 PM

If you're implying Christmas on the Hill, I'll be there :) I don't have a date (like usual) but I'll be there.

Posted by: KarissaKilgore at December 3, 2003 3:07 PM

Rissa, I know you'll be there, i was just letting you know that i'm going to be thinking about you and all that happened to you this week!

Posted by: Jen at December 4, 2003 10:21 AM

It was so weird. I was talking to my boyfriend on the phone and I told him to be quiet a second because I heard some man in the hallway talking. It had to of been one of the campus security because I heard him talk into his walkie-talkie thing. He said that they need an ambulance up here because some girl had an asthma attack. I had no idea who they were talking about. My roommate came in shortly after that happened and told me that it was you and I was so shocked. When I asked why she told me that she thinks it was from the bug spray because she heard you guys spraying it. I'm really glad to hear that your ok. Next time just hit the bug with a newspaper, just make sure it's not the Setonian because our articles are in there. Hehe.

Posted by: Anne Stadler at December 4, 2003 2:21 PM

good one, Anne. Yeah, from what everyone says, the security guy was pretty loud with his official business (I don't really remember much because I kept blacking out). That ticks me off because Michelle said she was trying to keep it from being a scene... so much for that...

Anyway, it's not like we really sprayed all that much bug spray. If you mean that you heard us screaming about the bug, then I believe that, but hearing us spray it makes it sound like I had an exterminator up there :-o I'm not angry, I just don't want people thinking that we were coating our walls with the stuff.

Posted by: Karissa at December 4, 2003 3:40 PM

The only reason she heard you spray it was because she was right in the computer lab. She said you guys didn't spray a lot. I'm sorry, I guess it did sound like I meant she heard you spray tons of the stuff. Well to everyone who reads this comment, she said they only sprayed a little bit. I'm really sorry to hear about your asthma attack though Karissa. I hope it never ever happens again. At least you know not to use bug spray. Even if it is a little bit.

Posted by: Anne Stadler at December 4, 2003 6:36 PM

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