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Thoughts and musings of a mom

Allergies are not Fun

on October 14, 2013


My oldest daughter suffers from environmental allergies. Fortunately, none of these allergies are life threatening and for that we are extremely thankful. Unfortunately, these allergies can affect her everyday life, limiting where she can go and the activities in which she can be involved. Her meds only hold back the onslaught of symptoms for a little while.

One of her main allergies has been to animal dander. Her other main issue (and tissue producing) has been dust. We had a cat just previous to us discovering that she was allergic to them. The cat left our family and we worked hard at keeping the dust under control, and for a while, she seemed to be doing a bit better. She didn’t require all of the meds anymore, but then slowly over time, we discovered new allergies (and animals) that were troublesome, and her reaction became more severe and immediate. She just didn’t get hives, she became one big HIVE.

We are now looking for new answers because some day she would like to look after a pet of her own, that doesn’t swim in and out of a cave in a 16 by 8 by 9 holding cell for entertainment.

The other day a friend of mine and I were talking about these allergies and how my daughter is unable to visit her for long periods of time because she has cats. The conversation went downhill from there as we began to discuss my daughter’s future in the world of dating and future job prospects. We realized that I will never have my daughter (or even a possible son-in-law) who is employed in a variety of professions. While my husband would like me to stop talking about my daughter in a dating relationship, here is our list of impossible professions as it stands right now (I’m sure you could add more):
Veterinarian Assistant
Pet Show Person (not sure what the actual title may be)
Dog/Cat Breeder
Dog Groomer
Pet Shop Owner
Dog Trainer
Dog Walker
Horse Jockey
Barn Real Estate Agent (ok, I don’t think such a thing exists, but if it did)
Police Dog Officer
Animal Control Officer
Animal Rescuer
Wildlife Rehabilitator
RCMP Musical Ride
Game Warden
Pest Control
Pet Boarder

Even entering a house where there are animals could be an issue, so that could limit her career opportunities even further. Think about it. Avon sales, door-to-door salesperson, electrician, plumber, insurance agent, carpenter, or repair person. The list could go on and on.

But soon all of this may change for the better. Tomorrow she goes to see the allergy doctor for the first time. Maybe then she can put some of these professions back on her list as future career opportunities for herself.

Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions for this one folks. I have a little girl here who would love to some day have a cat of her own to care for and love, who would love to ride her aunt’s horse, and visit her pet-owning friends for more than 15 minutes at a time.

And in the meantime, here’s to another spoonful/swig of Benedryl.


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