My Daddy Darling’s Birthday

Today is my daddy darling’s 59th birthday!

We celebrated last Saturday with a bit of a braai and a visit with our family, and even the weather was perfect! Daddy darling was battling a wee bit with his dialysis that day, but he was in a good mood for the most part, and we had a glorious afternoon. Sister B and her hubby and two of their boys were there, sister C and her new baby were there, da Bruvva was there briefly, daddy darling’s brother and his wife and children, and myself and my Glugster, and we all ate too much, watched rugby and laughed at daddy darling’s dogs and the children playing.

The family contributed with an assortment of breads and salads, so I figured we’d take dessert! You can read about this monster chocolate cake over here… And the attached pictures are of my daddy darling hamming it up for the camera, and then my mommy and daddy darling together as dad cuts his birthday cake!

We finished the cake by the way, it was all gone!

My daddy darling has not had much fun in the last couple of years. He is an insulin dependent diabetic, and currently he is undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis (which is a procedure that has to take place every 5 hours). He has been tested and poked and prodded so much in the last while… but it meant he was added to the waiting list for a kidney transplant! I pray every day that a donor kidney will be found for my daddy darling soon!

Allergy Tales…

I am allergic. To everything!
And before you ask, yes- I have had blood tests done and I have years of medical history to back up my battles. And you know what annoys the crap out of me!? I have to keep my hay fever under control in order to control my asthma, because even on asthma meds I WILL battle if I don’t control my hay fever, but my medical aid will NOT put my hay fever meds onto my chronic plan! Allergy medication doesn’t qualify for chronic.

FFS.

Where shall I start… I am allergic to over 80 plants including trees and grasses, so there is no way I can avoid them all. I am so allergic that the two times I was in hospital with asthmatic pneumonia I wasn’t allowed to have flowers in my room!

I am especially allergic to horses which breaks my heart because I love them so… and its not just sneezing- its allergic conjunctivitis and a rash on my face, neck and upper chest. So I avoid them.

Pet dander is also on my allergen list but is far easier controlled than the plant allergy and horses.

For my asthma I am on Inflammide and Avamys, and my asthma is under control. Its glorious. Being ale to breathe ALL the time is so great! I can’t explain it to you unless you have ever not been able to breathe for any length of time.

For the longest time I was taking 10mg tablet of Zyrtec (Cetirizine). It worked like a bomb. Then I couldn’t afford it so I switched to Allergex, but I had to literally overdose on it before it had any effect, and buying 4 boxes of 30 tablets a month cost almost the same as the Zyrtec so I switched back. Then I was taking Zyrtec and a 5mg tablet of Deselex (Desloratadine) and I was problem free for a long time. But as I mentioned before, every time I went to the chemist and told them I wanted a box of both Zyrtec and Deselex, they’d ask with concern if I was taking both, but they are over the counter so they gave them to me. Then out of curiosity I asked why the concern and they said that they are both pretty strong and perhaps I only needed one? But without meds I am sneezing, puffy-eyed and covered with welts within 24 hours! So one of them suggested I try Zyrtec and a 5mg tablet of Xyzal (Levocetirizine). I did so, and less than two weeks later I am not sneezing, but I my neck, upper torso and back is covered in a painful itchy rash! Its so annoying that it wakes me up!

Germolene and Anthisan did not help even a little bit and the rash continued to get worse.

I went to the doctor who gave me a cortisone cream for the rash (which is already feeling better), and she suggested I go back onto the Deselex and Zyrtec if it was working better. Deselex is potent, it doesn’t react with other medication and it doesn’t cross the blood-brain barrier!

So pharmacists be damned, I am going to be taking a Deselex at night and a Zyrtec in the morning. I’m just not going to tell them they’re both for me. 🙂

I’m Miserable With Flu

… and I’m feeling sorry for myself, and instead of sleeping off a Med-Lemon, I’m moping.

Feel free to jump to another blog instead of reading this codeine induced drivel.

I wish I was a writer. I fancied myself one once. My teachers thought I could be one when I was in high school. I realised later, that I may have been one of the better essay writers in my class, I’m not a writer. But I am a blogger, so I get to pretend sometimes. 😉

I wish I was a photographer. I had the idea that I could do it professionally, long ago. But I’m not. I’m a happy snapper with a fantastic camera that my darling husband gave to me because he knows I like to pretend.

I’m always a little jealous of the writers and photographers I know and admire.

Ppfffft…

I have a few things that I NEED to blog about, but I can’t because I don’t have the privacy or anonymity I need in order to do so… and because I don’t usually use language on my blog like the language I have bouncing around in my mental blog post drafts.

I will update with a proper blog post, but for now I’m going to go and wallow a little more.

My Hay Fever Is Under Control!

Wow.
I never thought I’d be able to say that without admitting to using Zyrtec, Flixonase or Allergex or something like it.
I am now using only the homeopathic meds and where I was using Flixonase every 2 days when I started on the homeopathic stuff, I slowly went to every three days and then every four days, and I now haven’t needed it for well over 2 weeks.
It’s fantastic!
The homeopath I went to see- Charene Zeiler- gave me some little white pillules to take three times a day for the first few weeks, and then twice a day- and these were to desensitise me. Then I have a bottle of drops that I am using 3 times a day (10 drops at a time) or more often if I need to.
I am simply LOVING not sneezing!
And for those who think I may be exaggerating, you can ask
Louisa– I sneeze a LOT when I am not properly treated or don’t take any meds! She visited me when I was still waiting for the homeopathic meds to take full effect (they have taken about 3 months to start working fully).
And- the bonus is that it’ll be safe for me to continue to use should we fall pregnant.
I actually didn’t realise it immediately but it’s been almost 2 weeks since I needed to use the Flixonase nasal spray.
And I’m now back on the daily inhaled cortisoids for my asthma, so that’s under control again too. I’m using
Inflammide and it makes such a huge change. Usually, I have two or three Venteze inhalers- one in my handbag, one in the drawer next to my bed and a spare one. And I was going through an inhaler a month. If you have to use a Venteze or Ventolin inhaler (the ones used to treat symptoms only) more than twice a week- your asthma is not under control! I haven’t needed either of them in well over a week.
And the doc assures me that inhaled cortisoids are safe for use in pregnancy. After all- if I get pregnant and I can’t breathe then the baby won’t be able to either*.


So I’m feeling much better!!

…come play on my rollercoaster…

*and this is the last time you’re going to hear me mention TTC or pregnancy with regard to myself and my Glugster

Send Good Vibes…

One of my oldest blog friends,

is in hospital after several strokes.

The first one happened on Saturday and he’s had a couple more since then.
He’s recovering, and one of his regular readers managed to get in touch with his brother and is keeping us updated via the comments section on his last post… He’s had a really rough time, moved between hospitals and in and out of ICU. He’s responding to questions with hand squeezes and is recognising people, and he hasn’t had another episode… but the swelling is still bad, and thats a concern.
My heart just aches for him and his wonderful family.

WW is a blogger I not only enjoy reading, but a blogger I consider a friend of mine. He’s a nutcase, he’s funny, he’s intelligent and he’s a wonderful father, and i
f you get a chance, would you pop over there and send him some blog-love to wish him a speedy recovery. I would dearly like to have WW back to full health and back in the blogosphere as soon as possible.

Miss you WW, get better and get back here!!!