and given us one heck of a wake up call, AGAIN. Just when we think it’s safe to go back in the water. Ok old movie lines aside, spring has given us one big kick. The boy’s allergies are to the enth degree, and I was once again sent scrambling back into ‘full on attack’ mode. This after I realize while doing my taxes, that a greater portion of the $20,000 I just added up was actually all about trying to find similar answers to similar things last year. Each year the number seems to get exponentially bigger, not because we try more things but fewer and fewer people are accepting any kind of insurance. Sad but true. Anyway, once again I drift (who says only my kid has ADD??)! His allergies have had him at urgent care twice in the last 4 weeks – swollen, red, itchy allergy eyes are not good for a kid trying to focus in school. He was back at his regular doc today with chest congestion, yes it has started the inevitable (it seems) track from his eyes, to his nose, to his throat, to his lungs 🙁 The eczema (try spelling that without spell check!) has also returned to it’s favorite spot on the backs of his knees! Can’t this kid catch a break?
So now we are using the nebulizer twice a day again, along with a veritable utopia of OTC and prescription meds. All these things help to bolster his fantastically good focus and mood, … Ok that’s not true of course. I swear as his histamine rises his emotional functioning goes down. He is talking and acting like a 3 or 4 year old a lot of late and I truly believe it’s directly attributable to his rising histamine levels. I have no scientific proof of this of course, I could probably find a study somewhere agreeing with my hypothesis, I don’t need to though, I live this every single day, I know it happens.
Anyway, onwards and upwards as always. Spring for the most part seems to have sprung so we appear to be moving to a lower pollen count each day. Here’s hoping his mood improves as the pollen count goes down! I have to be the only parent praying for the teen years. Apparently, especially in boys (again anecdotal not scientifically proven as far as I am aware) the onset of puberty, specifically the increase in testosterone, helps bring asthma and allergies down to a more manageable level. I have heard some tell, that in far off lands, stories of the allergies actually being gone all together are shared… she stares wistfully into the distance, a hint of a dream in her eye… oh if only she whispers gently to no one but the wind… oops there goes that ADD again!!! 🙂 I promise to stay more grounded if Mother Earth will do me a favor and back off for a bit, just a little while, just enough time to give me a moment of sanity. Although storms are predicted for Saturday so here’s goes that pollen kicking up again. Roll on summer – or puberty whichever happens first. Turns out I just read a study stating that some girls in the US are actually hitting puberty at age 7! My first thought was bloody overachievers, but it’s more sinister than that, it seems it’s actually less of a ‘trying’ thing and more of a ‘ooops’ thing. More on that here.