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Living with Allergies

It all started when I was younger and slowly getting sick every single Christmas. Til I was about 9 years old my family even had a real Christmas tree. Mind you I had already been diagnosed with asthma so my parents kind of chalked it up to that during the winter months however my symptoms would go away mostly after Christmas. When the tree was taken down I seemed to be fine. Piled on by a bunch of weird things I would do like snuggle a friends litter of kittens to playing in the woods my parents had no idea what would suddenly make me sick and then it would go away, Not without most times triggering an asthma attack though. It wasn’t until someone had suggested that I should get an allergy test and see what really is making me have these fits of coughing and sneezing and whatever else there was.

If you aren’t familiar with how an allergy test works I will explain. First of all I only really had this done when I was about 9 years old. I know they perhaps could have changed how things are done but as far as I know they still may be doing this. When I went I remember my mom had to take me. We had to wait for a specialist for it. They talked to my mom about things that could potentially be most of what I think was checked was environmental allergens. Like trees, grass, cats and dogs, maybe even peanut butter too. Just certain things that were typical of triggering allergies. I had to take off my shirt and lay down face down on a table. I could feel cool drops of what felt like water on my back. After I felt pin pricks. The specialist was then picking where different drops were. You leave the drops on for so many seconds and then when they are wiped away you can run your fingers along the dots to see which is raised for an allergic reaction. For me the biggest ones were, pine trees, cats, straw, freshly cut grass, dust and a few more which I think I have grown out of.

As a child, I think living with allergies was hard. Mind you I never had food allergies which I think would be even more challenging it was a bit frustrating not to have a real Christmas tree after I was 9. Now it doesn’t bother me as much since no one really has a tree that is real now a days, but before it did. It was frustrating to have friends whose cat had kittens and after cuddling them I would be wheezy and have the sniffles from them rubbing all over me. Especially if one of them scratched me while playing and that scratch was a raised bump as well too. Or having the windows closed while my dad mowed the lawn so the house wouldn’t become filled with the scent.

As an adult, I don’t think living with allergies was all that hard. I know that i just normally avoid things. When my boyfriend and I adopted our cat. For a while he made us both sneeze and sniffle. However now that we have had him for nearly 8 years he really doesn’t bother us anymore. Though when he cuddles up and gives me a hug (Yes, my cat really does that!) or he drools on my shoulders he does still make me a bit itchy or my eyes feel like sandpaper. As far as scents go, I am still very much allergic to the smell of a Christmas tree. I buy scented wax to warm in warmers and one is called “Iced Pine” I can very rarely put it on and even if I do it is only for a little while as I typically start coughing or sneezing a lot! But I still enjoy that.

My mom has an allergy to penicillin and phosphates as well too. At least that’s how I think you spell them both! One of them is a preservative in foods which I bet you can image it is in a whole load of foods. Whats worse is she could eat something many many times before but if something slightly changes in the food itself she could become allergic to it. She can’t or shouldn’t eat the coconut chocolate snow balls. However if she eats one she is normally okay any more and she will start to get hives or her allergies will be triggered. Though her allergy was and is far more intense then my own are for nature and the outside world. Something with too much of that could really be bad for her or have her throat even close over.

My dad also is lactose intolerant. Which is a type of allergy and was something the had start later in life. I remember him always drinking milk and enjoying milk all the time only to later in life not be able to eat it anymore or it really upsets his stomach. I think when it comes to food allergies it is one thing have them your entire life but another thing when you are so used to eating a particular food to have you unable to digest it properly. I know for me, if I was suddenly unable to have milk I would be devastated. Especially since I do drink and consume a lot of products that do contain it.

At the end of the day, as many allergens I have to things outside and in my environment I would much rather have those types of allergies then ones to food. That would not be a fun time I don’t think. Especially if you always had to check out food labels for the specific ingredient and ensure you are able to eat them though. And though I don’t really consider my allergies to be severe to live with, maybe even calling them mild would be pushing it too. They could always be a far worse and for that I am okay with it!

What are you allergic to? Do you even have any allergies? Did you know about them your whole life or was it something that you developed later?


Covid Blows

Before I begin know that this is strictly my opinions and thoughts. A lot of people say 2020 sucks, though there are aspects that I am not a fan of, there is a lot of things as that I am thankful for. The birth of my son, health, and happiness. I also am saddened that as I write this in the car on my tablet my 6 month old son is on his way with us to meet his grandparents (one set anyways!) for the 1st time, AT 6 MONTHS OLD! (Mind you this is also being published a bit later since I tend to write blogs a bit in advance!) But safety first when dealing with covid and the health of our older family members. We just cannot take that risk for them OR for Vincent (Myself too I guess since I am asthmatic too)

I am bummed that I am unable to go Into my son’s doctor’s appointments. Part of this is because our doctor is French and I just do not have the skills that are needed to understand or ask the questions I would like to. My boyfriend is bilingual so it just makes sense that he goes in. I do get to write questions down though and he asks the doctor which is great. And I do go in the car and just wait outside for them to be done. Honestly it is the least I can do really. But to not have been to any of his vaccines either which is a bummer too, as a new mom I feel like I should be there for the cuddles and wiping of tears. I feel like I am missing these important moments but am relieved that my significant other has taken so much time off of work to go to these things with me.

Another thing that I am grateful that here my boyfriend was able to take 9 months paternity to be home. I think if he was back to work with his type of work and being around people it would have been more stressful. I think him being able to get our grocery and errands (I am at risk with having asthma) that if the rules were reversed and I had to do these things with the baby I would be not in a good place mentally. I don’t think with baby number 2 he will take the full 9 months off maybe 5 or so but still the welcomed help is always appreciated!

I think it sucks that Quebec was a bit rough on their precautions in the beginning as in they took a while to put rules in place. Now you must wear a mask in all public spaces that are indoors. Or certain arrows in grocery store show directions also. I think in the big scheme of things I am a bit saddened that we aren’t in the “Atlantic Bubbles” where the Atlantic provinces are able to freely come and go so my mom or dad aren’t able to come over to meet their littlest grandson. However my mom has said when flying is allowed or not as frowned upon she said she would be flying over since she does have the air miles! Which is something to look forward to also.

One thing I would never want to do is wish time away. Time is one of the most precious things that we can give to someone or have for ourselves. However, I cannot wait til we move back to Nova Scotia. I am excited for us to buy a new forever house and have our own space that we can paint and decorate as much or whatever way we wanted to do. My hope is that covid has not made this delayed anymore the it needed to be. I just want to have our space basically again.

I think the hardest thing is the virus is preventing us from showing off our son to people. Call it selfish or conceited but who wouldn’t want to show off their child to their friends and family, I hope that this covid stuff is pretty cleared up soon so we can prep for a return back home, (Did I mention how excited we are to be going back home!).

I also will say going out in public is something I was super nervous about. Since March actually I never went into a place til about June. And for this it was an eye appointment. Wearing a mask was super odd but it wasn’t bad. Then recently I went to do a little retail therapy to the dollarstore. My boyfriend said it was the best 250.00 he spent. It was so surreal going with arrows on the floor and also following the social distancing but I had went early in the morning so it was super easy anyways. Even before Covid I tend to go do things as soon as they open) Depending on the store of course or day of the week) So that the least amount of people are around. Interesting enough the people not following the rules are older folks who are typically more at risk. They kind of just walk all willy nilly and go where ever they want to.

I don’t think overall that covid really impacted us in a sense though. My partner and I are very much home bodies so for us to stay home is not a major stretch from reality. And though us being I the same space for days and days is a lot to deal with I think we are doing good if we haven’t killed one another yet hahaha. It just is a bummer that the things I took for granted like going to the pharmacy for tampons, corner store for chocolate, dollarstore for art supplies, I am not really able to do as much but things seem to be settling down which is a good thing of course though.

People think that this is a new normal, maybe for now but I think once a vaccine is produced or we eradicate the virus we will be back to normal life. And if anything, it taught us to stay the hell away from others!

-StaySee xo