The Great Pudding Attack

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   Posted 9/28/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
The Great Pudding Attack
Yesterday about 1:30 PM I made a nice tapioca pudding.  I don't eat store puddings because they have corn starch, which is sulfited.  about half an hour later I was nauseated, gas rumbling in the gut, and I spent the entire afternoon and part of the evening losing my lunch the hard way.  I was too sick to do anything but lie on the couch.  Didn't even watch TV.  When it got so bad I though I was going to throw up I took a tsp of paregoric.  That didn't work so I took another and an hour later another.  That's a fair amount of opium,
I tried going to bed.  Dh got me to take a Zofran, which helped the nausea, but about 1AM I had a sudden tachycardia, heart running about 169 (double normal).  dh was sure it would go away soon, gave me a Beta Blocker and a small Valium (to ward off serotonin syndrome from Zofran interacting with my earlier tramadol).  My cheeks (on the face) got red, but not the whole body as in previous SS.  He went to sleep, sure that the event would correct itself.  I couldn't, tried all sorts of Valsalva maneuvers, coughing.  about 4AM I decided I was going to the ER with or without him.  It was helpful that he drove.
In the ER I was still taching along at 148 to 168.  They gave me an awful drug, adenosine, that stops the heart briefly and it starts up again, reset to normal rate.  It worked!  It has to be given IV, so I can't keep a supply to take by myself.  It's really scarey too, when the heart stops and you feel just awful for a few seconds.  It takes a half hour or so to get over it.
So here it is after noon, and I haven't gotten dressed for the day.  Going back to bed.  4 hours of tachycardia is exhausting.
PS:  I suspect the ingredient in the pudding may have been the trigger.  Some lovely Tahitian pure extract of vanilla.  There's probably a sulfite as a preservative or added for some reason in the processing.  My Lactaid skim milk and sugar are ok, 1 egg wouldn't have enough sulfite, and I think tapioca is clean.

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   Posted 9/28/2010 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Ouch! Rest and get well soon.

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   Posted 9/29/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh my Alcie that is very scary. Hope you are feeling better now!

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   Posted 9/29/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about the pudding problem.  Adenosine can be very scary so the patient should be warned of the feeling because for a fraction of a second your heart stops to reset it's pacemaker. 
Take care ofyou,

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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 9/29/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie    sorry you had a problem with the your pudding.
It sure is scary when you have a problem with your heart.
I had AFib 6 years ago.    I tried to tell them it was a reaction to MSG but they didnt want to hear it.
Hope you never have the problem again.
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