So yesterday I sat down for kyuushoku 給食 (school lunch) at one of my shougakko 小学校 (elementary schools), only to be once again I was presented with the regular run of the mill horrors that they deem appropriate to feed to children.
Milk, bread, fruit and a mystery dish. Luckily I was able to give away everything but the mystery soup to the students around me but admitted defeat and began to eat the stew.
As I was chewing I thought to myself, ‘huh this chicken sure has a strange taste and flavour’ several seconds later as my esophagus began to contract it dawned on me that maybe this wasn’t chicken…… I was in anaphylactic shock!
Stumbling to the teacher I pulled out my dictionary clumsily typing in the word for what I though I was eating, hotate 帆立 (scallops) which I am frightfully allergic to!
Not realizing my impending doom, ignorance sensei smiled and nodded as I asked if this was what I was eating.
Suddenly it dawned on me, if I didn’t get some adrenalin in me in the next 10 minutes I was probably going to die!!
Running from the classroom I headed to the nurses office in what I remember as a blur and tried to find the words to ask her to call an ambulance.
Next thing I know paramedics have me on a stretcher and a mask rushing me to a nearby hospital! Luckily my kocho-sensei 校長先生 (school principal) came alongside me, but as she speaks no English it was really only for moral support.
Rushing through tragic 5 minutes later they had me in an emergency room, no one was communicating with me, the world was spinning around in a haze, I was in panic, lost in my own mind.
Suddenly there was a catheter in my arm pumping me full of god knows what, I remember the doctor injecting 5 or 6 additional solutions into it.
Then they pulled down my pants and shoved a needle in my thigh!
Adrenalin pumped through my veins, seconds passed, i came back from planet crazy, the world made sense again, I couldn’t think before as I wasn’t breathing! I managed to find the words to ask what had happened, the doctor told me I could have died and to lie down and relax.
I closed my eyes and woke up some time later, I reached for my phone, there were dozens of messages from my worried family and friends! Whatever they had pumped me full of was making me hella drowsy, but the adrenalin was making it seem like my heart was running 100miles and hour, I was shaking, I couldn’t make sense of what had happened.
I’m really lucky to have some really amazing friends here in Kobe as before I knew it 3 of my closest Kobpanions (I’m a master of puns) were there at my bedside, all having left work immediately and jumped in cabs when they heard I was in trouble!
So it seems my valentines present was the gift of life, living to see tomorrow sure beats the giri choco I got 😄
Here was a lil thank you card I drew them in gratitude for their support ❤
Barbie, Richy, Sandy lurvessssss yew!