IF YOU ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF RAISING CHILDREN, BE AWARE. THE TINY FINGERPRINTS THAT SHOW UP ON ALMOST EVERY NEWLY CLEANED SURFACE, THE TOYS SCATTERED AROUND THE HOUSE, THE PILES AND PILES OF LAUNDRY LYING AROUND TO BE TACKLED, WILL DISAPPEAR ALL TOO SOON. AND, YOU WILL, TO YOUR SURPRISE, MISS THEM PROFOUNDLY. THOMAS S. MONSON

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Moving to where I don't have to BREATHE!

For the last three weeks, I have been SUFFERING from allergies! One of the many gifts I received when I became pregnant 2 years ago. When I was little, I had an allergy to cats. I knew that. When I was pregnant, I had more allergy signs then ever. In the last two years, it has gotten worse and worse. So today I went to have a skin test done. If you aren't familiar with this process, let me fill you in: You lay on your stomach (buff), the nurse then draws dots all over your back, 42 in total. Then she takes a tray of tiny needles, that all have some sort of trace on them relating to the substance that is being tested. Once the test is done, based on the reaction, you learn what you are allergic to.

After my back was poked 42 times, this is what happened...

Nurse: "OK, now I am going to leave you here for 15-20 minutes. Your back will start to itch, but please try very hard not to scratch it."

Me: "OK" (WHATEVER! I cannot control myself! If it itches... I have to scratch it! Be calm... look at this magazine. NOT WORKING... ok, sing a song, (I keep bleeding, keep keep bleeding love)... Still not working... ok, let's play a game on my phone. Reach to get the phone, and on the way back... one tiny little itch won't hurt! Oh but it feels so good!!!!!)

Nurse enters exam room: "OH MY GOODNESS!"

Me: "Really, I only scratched it once, I PROMISE!"

Nurse: "Not that, but the test is for sure positive! Generally we wait at least 15 minutes to tell, but I know after 4 minutes. You have allergies!"

Me: "To what?"

Nurse: "Well, everything!"

Me: "Does that mean I can scratch my back now! IT REALLY ITCHES!"

Then the doc came in, she measured the size of the reaction, then gave me the results. On a scale of 1-4, 4 being the most allergic, here are the results:

Early Trees- 4+
Late Trees- 4+
Grasses- 4+
Cockroach- 4 (does that mean what I think it means, is that the bug?)
Feather Mix- 4
Dust Mites- 4+
Weeds- 4+
Ragweed- 4
Seasonal Mold- 4
Perennial Mold- 4
Cats- 4+
Dogs- 4
Horses- 4

So this weekend, we will be getting rid of our down filled comforter and pillows, all the new trees Joel planted, all the old trees, all the grass, and all the weeds, the dog, the neighbors horses. I am pretty sure there isn't mold in the house. I pray there aren't cockroaches! And I will have to dust more! Or just move to a place where I don't have to worry about breathing!

5 comments:

Julie said...

Oh my goodness Kirstynn!!! First of all, that is such a funny story:)...second of all...holy cow, I can't believe you are that allergic to so many things!!! That stinks about having to get rid of things and stuff...anything I can do to help...let me know!!!

TheBastians said...

Holy cow girl!!! You should just build a huge glass bubble around your house! :) Your story cracked me up! Ha ha! I'm so sorry you are allergic to ... well ... basically everything! That stinks!!

TheBastians said...

PS - Now "Bleeding Love" is stuck in my head ... thanks a lot ;)

Carrie said...

So... I know I don't post comments much, but this deserves a comment. I can't believe you are that allergic and have lived with it for so long. I'm so sorry. I'm sure the trek through the woods last night didn't help. Sorry :(

I hope you figure out a way to have some peace and sanity!

AMy said...

ugh! you poor thing!