This is quite a long story, but I would like to know if anyone out there has had the same thing happen to them, or whether you know someone that this has happened to:
Earlier this year I went to a food and wine fest. DH and I drank a bottle of wine between us (which isn't unusual) and I ate tempura mushrooms(which I hadn't eaten before - I have eaten button mushrooms from the supermarket, but not often).
About half an hour later I was completely out of it. I don't remember what I said to people, I don't remember the band we were listening to. I remember not being able to find the toilets by myself and DH guided me there and waited for ages until I came out. I don't know what I did while I was in there. I remember all the trees in the park seemed to be swaying weirdly and everything else was in slow motion. I wasn't sick, we walked home, but I felt very ill all the next day.
Now this may just sound like a person who was intoxicated. I kept telling everyone that I really felt that I had a reaction to the mushrooms. Probably a reaction to mushrooms, combined with alcohol, combined with my BP medication?
"Sure" they said - "You were just drunk". I have been "drunk", I have been "Tipsy" and I have never felt like that before. I have never taken recreational drugs. I need to take medications for blood pressure and have never believed in taking drugs just for "fun".
In December we had a Christmas Dinner for my work at an exclusive restaurant in town. It was a "tasting". No choice of menu - just 8 or so small courses of "exotic" foods and the appropriate wine to go with each course. I didn't have the wine. I know I can't mix my drinks without suffering a blinding headache, so it just isn't worth it. I had about 4 Vodka and sodas - I have had quite a few more than that in one evening and been fine afterwards.
Three of the courses contained mushrooms. The first mushroom course contained Shiitake mushrooms - I ate them. The second one was a scallop on top of a portabello mushroom - I gave that mushroom to DH. The third course had a creamy sauce - which I ate - I later found out it was a mushroom cream.
About half an hour later I felt hot. I asked my friend from work to come outside for some fresh air and a chat. We went out and I suddenly felt very faint and ill.
The next thing I remember is having hallucinations of some sort of creatures. I'm not sure how long it went on for - it seemed quite a while - like some sort of weird dream.
I then felt a bit better and said "let's go in now. I think I am OK" - "No you aren't" my friend said - "you have vomited all over yourself and your eyes were rolling and staring at me, but you couldn't see me - it looked like you were having a fit!" My pulse was racing and I was white as a sheet.
She had been too scared to leave me and had stopped me choking while I was unconscious. She then went inside and came back out with DH and a Doctor and nurse from our medical practice. I was OK by then, but I felt very drained.
We went home and I showered and washed my clothes. That night I couldn't close my eyes all night. I was OK, but I was so hyper. The next day I didn't feel like I had a hangover - I just felt completely drained and I felt that way for about a week. I tried to see my own GP, but as it was the week before Christmas - she was booked out - and I didn't want to explain it all to someone else. I have worked with her and known her for years and she knows this is not a normal experience for me.
Needless to say, I am very wary of going out for meals and I will be very careful what I eat in future. It was a very nasty experience and I believe it was a severe reaction to mushrooms.
What do you think?