Monday, Monday

So far (fingers crossed) I am actually having a good allergy day!!  My breathing yesterday afternoon was bad, but so far no major problems today.  There goes my workplace theory, maybe?

AllergiesI feel like my recent allergy struggles have offered me just a little perspective of what all of my CFer friends go through on a daily basis.  I’ve dealt with extra doctor visits, blocked sinuses, a lot of new medications, restricted breathing, and being out of breath when I try to do something.  I’m not claiming to know what it would be like to have CF, but this is the first time I’ve experienced ongoing health issues.  My coughing is almost gone and sinuses have been clear the last couple of days.  But now Jesse has caught whatever bacteria I had, and it’s taking him a bit longer to recover.  He just smiled when I told him how awful it would be if I had to stay on both of my new prescriptions forever.

The next step in my allergy plan is to go for allergy testing on September 15th.  The worst part is that I can’t have any allergy medicines for a whole week before the testing.  While I understand the idea behind not wanting any antihistamines to interfere with the test results, I don’t think it is entirely necessary.  If my reactions are this bad with the medicines, I don’t want to imagine what a week will be like with NOTHING!

After the testing I will most likely begin allergy shots.  At a weekly visit to the doctor’s office, I will receive larger and larger doses of whatever I’m allergic to until I become immune.  This seems like a sucky solution, but it is really my only option at this point.  The allergy doctor said that each allergy medicine I take will eventually stop helping as my body gets used to having it, which is true for the last three medicines I was on.  So it will only be a matter of time before my current choices no longer help.