May 13, 2009

Achoo...

I just pulled up our bedroom carpet and found 12 years of dust. After Lois had her sinus surgery she had one of those allergy tests done. The kind where they stick you 1,789 times with allergens. She unfortunately found out that she was allergic to everything, especially dust. She is allergic to every tree in our yard. And naturally everyone in the neighborhood put in the same trees. She is allergic to the acre of grass on our front and back lawn. And probably all the bushes. She is allergic to all our animals. And perhaps the worst thing being her beloved cat Oscar. The doctor asked her if she wanted to be treated for these allergies and she asked how much. "Well, it will cost you hundreds of dollars, as you can imagine."
And of course we could, knowing already that our insurance wouldn't cover it. So we begged off and went with the home remedy approach. We have started to fortify ourselves from dust mites by buying new allergen-free mattress covers and pillowcase liners. We will put in allergen filters in all the vents around the house. We bought an AirFree 1000 hepa air cleaner that can be moved from room to room. We will replace the carpet in our bedroom with either new carpet or tile. And I think we are probably going to be buying many more products that say they are allergy resistant, allergen free or dust proof. The doctor told Lois that unless she takes care of her allergies by eliminating the problems around the house, she will end up having the same problems she had in the first place. The polyps will return and eventually she will need surgery again. And of course, the shots would definitely help.

As I was pulling up the carpet I was thinking about this and wondering if perhaps it might not be cheaper in the long run to just pay for the shots. Or just go another route all together and just buy a bunch of these...

3 comments:

Laoch of Chicago said...

I had allergy shots for a severe asthma producing cat allergy and they worked well. No regrets.

Krëg said...

I've heard rumors that honey from local bee farms can be helpful, due to local bees being in direct contact with pollen. Could just be pure BS though. It also probably won't help with dust mite and pet allergies, as bees don't hang around those environments.

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

Laoch, I agree. Get the shots!

Kreg, I have a big interest in the honeybee. You are right about the honey...50 miles within your area and the local honey is like an innoculation.

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