The weather here sucks! In fact it has sucked for over a year now. Last summer consisted of about three weeks of good flip flop wearing weather, fall was wet, and winter couldn’t make up it’s mind with snow, rain, snow, rain, and then a random 17 degree day? Well it’s May, and what should be flowers is -1 degree and rain. Even though I am starting to make peace with the fact that we cannot no longer predict the weather, one this is for sure… allergies. The beautiful sound of my family hacking a fur ball from their throats each morning, deep glowing red through the swollen slits on their faces called eyes, and the constant nasal drip. The tempers are touch and go, and sleep is light, which only translates into tears at the drop of a hat. This not only has a hold of my boys, but Award Winning Dad and I are suffering too. Suffering from allergies I meant, but I guess you can also call it suffering from managing the children’s allergies. The victim card….
Because Tejas has it the worst, and our over the counter cocktail we made up in past years had it’s pros and cons. Though it would give some relief periods throughout the day, the roller coaster ride of symptom free perkiness to be met with an emotional spiral down to a nap was torture for him so we decided to consult with a paediatric allergist. She insisted we needed to treat in the off-season, and recommended a 90-day treatment of dissolvable pellets each day to manage this. And so we did, starting the first package of treatment was all good until four days in when he woke up with a nosebleed. We didn’t think much of it until the second week when he woke up mid sleep twice with nosebleeds. Then the third week waking up with nose bleeds again! We were now twenty-one days into this so called allergy ender to only be a nosebleed starter. Just for a little context, this was not a drip or two, this was massive amounts of blood, one that looked like a small animal was killed in a bathroom, another looked like my eight year old had his period in the bed, and another that he accidently stepped in and walked across the carpeted hallway to our room leaving his bright red coloured footprints clearly marked. What have we done?
I called the allergist and left a message, her receptionist kindly returned my call and said she would be available to see him on September 8, 2017. I explained the situation, and was told she would call me back…that was eight days ago. Did I mention that this treatment cost $456.00 CAD? I was almost tempted to bill her for the cost of carpet cleaner and the time it took me to scrub bloody footprints out of the carpet. To be continued… hopefully in more favourable weather.