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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Well, I've been super busy lately....working about 65 hrs a week and gone from 7:15am - 10pm most days. I have every Sunday off though, thank goodness....but the whole day is filled with grocery shopping, laundry etc.

So much has been going on since my last post.
First off, I got my food intolerance testing back and it was better. Not quite so many foods on the list. Many had moved back to the safe list, but some had moved from safe to intolerant. So, I adjusted my foods again.
I also went to my regular primary care physician (who had poo-poo'd my intolerance results a year and a half ago) and told him that I had been very frustrated with his reaction. This is the biggest medical issue I have and to have him dismiss it that way was very upsetting. I need us to be on the same page so that I can find answers. He felt really bad and apologized and vowed to help. So, I was glad I spoke up.

He ordered up a blood test to check for true food allergies...which came up completely negative. Whew!
And because my nose drips 24/7 we agreed I should do a panel of environmental allergy testing. (pollen, grass, molds, animal etc).
So, I went in and had that done. Wow, that was an interesting appointment! I've never had that done before!
We started with the back scratch test and I could feel those substances burning and itching in no time. When the timer went off (10 minutes or so) I spun around for her to take a look and her response was "Oh my! Your back is NOT happy!" It was all red and had all sorts of big welts on it.
Then we moved onto the arm test of those same substances. It was a little scary watching her stick 40 needles into the tops of 40 little vials. Oh my.....really?
(yes, I have pictures of these things.....but they're on my phone and not on my computer at the moment! Sorry! lol) So, she stuck me 40 times ( which didn't hurt except certain allergens really stung).
She tallied up my results and out of the 38 substances tested (there were 2 control items) I was severely allergic to 31 of them and the remaining 7 I was moderately allergic to!!! Seriously?! No mild reactions, no "NO" reactions. OMG.
I swear I never get a break with this body of mine.
So, now I'm working through my mental list of the changes around the house that need to be made to help curb the animal hair, dust, feather pillow etc. It was nice to actually have a piece of paper to show hubby proving that this stuff isn't in my head. I'm hopeful that he will cooperate with the changes I want to make.

Last Thursday night our cat Ginger had a seizure. She'd had kidney issues and we've been giving her fluids twice a day for the last year. She's been doing very well and had been quite spunky. But, after the seizure it all went downhill. Friday morning I knew that the end needed to be near. Hubby took her to the vet while I headed off to my allergy testing. The vet said she was in bad shape and had gone blind from the seizure. Ohhhhhh.... it was so sad! I felt so bad for her! To be so sick and then be instantly blind seems like it would be so scary. I made the decision to end her suffering. I just could see having her try to live like that given her kidney issues. The worst part was that my 2 daughters were coming home from college the very next day. They wanted to see her so badly, but I just couldn't drag it out, not even a day. I felt so bad. emoticon

But I know that they will at least think of her in good health and not what she had become in her last 24 hrs.
I love cats, but given my new allergy results I think I will wait until I get the household issues under control before I consider getting another one. Our puppy adored Ginger so much. She goes to the pet gate in the hallway and wimpers wanting to go visit Ginger and play with her. emoticon She just doesn't understand why she's not in her room.

This coming week brings not only the Christmas celebration but also several birthdays in our household.... my dear hubby turns 50!!!!!!! and my daughter turns 18!!!!!! My step daughter turned 18 earlier this month so as of Christmas day I will no longer have any children under 18! Wow! That's so crazy! Wow, how time flies!
Needless to say, it will be a super busy weekend.

Ok, well, I've got to head off to bed! Another long day tomorrow. Work and then oldest daughter is having me join her while she gets her first tattoo.......oh my.
emoticon It's one thing to have it done on myself it's a completely different thing to have to watch my daughter go through that pain.


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    I'm sorry about Ginger. My ginger cat passed away from a seizer too. Hugs!!

    I hope you get your allergies sorted out :-(
    1794 days ago
    Wow! You're body is crazy! Glad your food intoleraces are getting a bit better, and that you spoke up with your doctor!!! Yikes you are allergic to so many things! I cant believe Rachel is getting a tattoo! What is she getting?!
    1795 days ago
    Those allergy tests can be a shocker. I tested allergic to mold and dust and chemicals in household products, cigarette smoke, newspapers, book pages (now I have a Nook and read voraciously). My wife tested positive to all 38.

    Unless folks have allergies to these common or uncommon things they have no idea, the trials and tribulations we go through daily. People outside and inside the family will accuse of it just being in your head. Yet, several years ago my wife nearly died eating cantaloupe. We had to drive 50 miles to the nearest hospital which saved her life. These allergies people laugh at can be fatal if not kept in check.

    A few weeks ago, my wife's sisters came into the house which was owned by their mother, and went through things stored in the basement. They stirred up dust, mold, mildew galore and left most things right in front of the TV I had been watching. Now due to my allergies I can no longer watch TV downstairs. (I've dusted, vacuumed, etc) I can just barely tolerate working on my computer down there I use for work. Oh well, we are moving anyway, so can't complain. haha

    The best to you as you keep your allergies in check.

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your faithful cat. Through the years they become one of the family for sure.

    Tatoo? Ouch! Make sure her tat can age with her. It's always a shame to start out with something cute and sweet and end up at aged 60 with a tat tha looks like Godzilla! haha emoticon
    1795 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/20/2012 11:52:58 AM
    So sorry for your loss of Ginger. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1795 days ago
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