For most of us, bee stings mean a short, stabbing sense of pain that leave a red spot for a few hours. But for others, bee stings are serious stuff. Nicole Gillian Morgan, of Johannesburg, South Africa, didn't think she was allergic to bees at all--she'd been stung twice before and had only swelled up at the site of the bite.
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But while she was at a convenience store with her 6-year-old son, Mikey, she had an extreme reaction to a bee sting. As she loaded the bottled water, Oreos, and donuts onto the checkout counter, her heart began to pound. Her body throbbed and she had trouble breathing. Morgan told Mikey they needed to go, and left her items on the counter.
When they walked out of the store, she called her husband, who told her to go the drugstore for some OTC allergy meds. But she couldn't move, and instead sat on the sidewalk. People gathered around her to see if they could help, but they either they didn't have what she needed (an Epipen) or they didn't know what to do. "I remember thinking to myself that I was going to die, as nobody including myself knew what to do and that I didn't have a lot of time left!" she wrote in a Facebook post. By this time her son was hysterical.
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Suddenly a young man came up and dispersed the crowds. He propped Morgan up so she could breathe, and calmed Mikey down. With another man's help, he got the mom in his car, plopped her son there, too, and drove off quickly to the hospital. By this time, Morgan was unconscious.
At the hospital, doctors had to give her several adrenaline shots--and for a while thought she wouldn't make it. At 9:30 at night, Morgan regained consciousness and thought, "Wowee, I am actually here! I am alive!!!" Her rescuer turned out to be a 20-year-old college student on his way to the gym who'd noticed how upset her little boy was.
Morgan was so grateful to her guardian angel for restoring her faith in humanity and "making me see life in a completely different way."
Here is a version of her post that appeared on Love What Matters:
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