Friday, November 16, 2012

A Hard Choice


Emily has always struggled with her allergies, ever since she was a baby.  She is allergic to so many things - foods, environmental allergies, and has other health issues as well.  But, she is an animal lover through and through. It doesn't matter what it is, she loves it.  And they love her too!

Back in July we acquired Otis and while I wasn't sure how it would go with her allergies, we tried it.  At first, everything seemed to be okay.  But as the months have worn on, Emily's allergies have escalated.  The worst of it is the excema.  Her skin is a mess - red, raw, and oozing.  She itches all the time to the point that she can't sleep at night.  The doctor has told us that her immune system is so revved up that she is now probably reacting to things that normally wouldn't bother her.

We came to the hard conclusion, and Emily actually reached it herself, that we had to give up the cat.  So last Saturday he went to a new home.  A friend's daughter took him and he has settled in very quickly of which I am glad.  Emily is sad but being surprisingly mature about the whole thing.  She is at the age when she'd rather be healthy than have a pet.

He's been gone a week but she is still struggling.  I've been vacuuming up a storm and I know it will take a while to get the cat dander out of the house.  Unfortunately, I may have to take more drastic measures and start removing some of the foods that she was previously allergic to if she doesn't start to get better.  The doctor was saying that it could be she's redeveloped a sensitivity to these things - namely, dairy and wheat.

Please keep her in your prayers.  Last night, she cried and said that she itches all the time and she can't get to sleep because of it.  I know many times I hear her up at 1 or 2 in the morning.  She's taking an antihistamine, as well as a prescription steroid cream which we don't want to use long term. 

I'd love to have my girl healthy again.