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Allergy testing, Round 2, CHECK…

It has been confirmed…Mariella has no allergies. We did a double test for cat…both the scratch test, and the interdermal test. Just to be on the safe side.

So, we’ll probably be kitten rescuing this weekend. YAY. I really miss having cats in the house. I’m allergic, and Rob’s allergic…but we managed before with the cats before.

I’m pretty sure I’ve got Mariella on board with “Piper” for a little girl kitten. Rob wants to name a boy “Cody” after “Commander Cody” from Clone Wars. I guess that I’ve gotten off easy with the Star Wars names…I mean, neither of the girls was named Leia or Amidala…(and I DO know a boy who is named Aniken…I mean, really…it’s not like the kid can PRETEND he was named for anything else) Abby wants to name anything she’s allowed to name either Violet or Victoria…and I’m just not on board with that.

Mariella has a little bit of “Back-To-Schoolitis.” On top of that, she got sick with Grammy…which garners a whole lot more attention than when she gets sick with Momma. So, she’s trying to milk it, and I’m just not letting her. So she’s getting frustrated. She’ll learn. It’s not that I don’t feel badly that she feels sick…it’s just that for RIGHT NOW, this is life…and we can’t stop living for a tummy ache that doesn’t go away. Hopefully, someday, the tummy ache WILL go away…but for now, it is what it is, and we have to learn to live with it as best we can.

Allergy Testing…Round ONE…CHECK

We brought A to the allergy doctor today. Both the girls want a cat, AND we have at least one mouse (I can be optimistic that it’s just one mouse..right?) that seems to be avoiding the trap AND the D-Con we’ve put out for it…so, a cat would be a nice addition to the family. However, I felt it would be irresponsible to introduce a cat to the house when I don’t know for sure how it will affect the girls.

We had 2 cats when A was an infant. We were also frequent fliers at the local ER for respiratory trouble. Once we surrendered the cats to the shelter, her breathing got SO much better. Apparently, the 2 situations were entirely unrelated. A had RSV when she was an infant, and spent 12 days in PICU. It’s entirely possible (read-probable) that the decrease in ER visits had nothing to do with the cats leaving the house and had everything to do with her lungs healing from the virus.

Miss A was a trooper girl. She got the full panel of allergens…both her arms were covered with little dots. She only reacted to a couple of trees. So…first child…clear for feline.

Dr. W is an Allergy doctor and also an asthma doctor…though he is NOT a pulmonologist. He is good for “run of the mill” asthma…but I know for a fact that he would refer M out. SHE is beyond his scope. Anyway…in talking about history, I didn’t realize that the fact that A has had pneumonia 4 times makes her a recurrent pneumonia sufferer. Dr. W considered her one, and we walked out of there with a firm sick plan to implement with any cold. I don’t tend to be as proactive with A when it comes to colds, because she doesn’t always have trouble. This plan should prevent her from getting into trouble at all.

Dr. W wanted to know how I know if A is having a flare or if it’s pneumonia…our conversation sounded like this…

Dr. W: “So, how do you know if it’s a pneumonia cough or an asthma cough?”
Me: “My stethoscope”
Dr. W: “What does pneumonia sound like?”
Me. “It sounds like rice crispy’s in her lungs”
Dr. W: “OK…you know what a pneumonia sounds like”

He also said that I know more about asthma than most doctors. I’m sure that’s a compliment to ME, but what does it say about “most doctors”?

So, A got her allergy testing done, she survived (and got to pick out a game at Wally World as a prize)…she impressed the doctor with both her reading and conversation skills…and also was bouncing off the walls because we didn’t have her Adderall in the house this morning…if I was ever questioning our decision to start the meds…I am SO not questioning that any more…I’m exhausted just watching and listening to her.