Thursday, 9 October 2008

Asthma and Eczema

I went to see the asthma nurse (she’s actually a respiratory nurse specialist or something similar but asthma nurse is easier to type) on Monday. It was a really useful appointment and I have come away feeling more knowledgeable about the whole thing. I am extremely allergic to cats!! Also dogs to a lesser degree, so we’re not to have any more furry pets - I wondered how long it would take Ellie to ask if that means she can have a tortoise when I told her (answer, about 5 seconds!!!) I’m also allergic to timothy grass (no, I didn’t know what that is either) and tree pollen, so by rights I should have hay fever… I am hoping I’m not going to start with that next year.

I was given a prescription for a new daily inhaler, a lower dosage one this time rather than the strong dual inhaler I was given 2 weeks ago (it also has a steroid in as well as the other thing that I can’t remember off the top of my head). I have to admit to being a littler concerned about this as I have started to have to use my inhaler again. But I will give it a go and see - first day with it tomorrow.

I don’t know if it is just psychological but I am finding myself reacting to the cats more and more. My eyes are sore and itchy and my nose streams when I go from our room into the rest of the house. When I go out I’m fine but within 10 minutes of being home the symptoms start again.

So, the kittens definitely had to go, and I will give it a couple of weeks and if I’m still having problems sadly the older cats will be off to new homes as well. I do feel sad as they were cute, especially the littlest one, but they were also a bit of a PITA as well and kept breaking and ruining things.

Craig took them to their new home in my car tonight and then I took Sophie to her club and by the time I got there my eyes were really sore. Was it just coincidence or am I becoming so sensitive to them that just having had them in the car for a short time was enough for the dander to affect me later?

Millie has an appointment to see the psychologist again next week. I’m hoping it will go ok and she will see the odd behaviour Millie has. Craig is coming with me which will be better as I tend to forget things until afterwards which is really annoying.

Did I mention Sophie has got eczema? It started off as a small dry patch on her scalp and has now spread to the whole of it, it’s sore and itchy and the poor thing is always scratching it which makes it even more sore. We’re waiting for an appointment at the hospital with a specialist - hope it comes soon!!!! I’m wondering if it’s an allergy to the cats as well??

Craft wise, well, I bought a few bits from craft day on QVC last week and they have arrived. I’ve been having a little play with them, but not as much as I would like to. I have loads of ideas for scrapbook layouts, I just wish I had the time to actually make them!!

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