I love animals, I grew up with dogs. But in recent years I have become extremely sensitive to pet hair. Jeff (the hubs) has always had severe allergies to everything!! I had no idea what sinus headaches, sinus infections and general sinus misery was all about for the first few years of our marriage. Then when you throw kids into the mix you get those with and those without allergies. Having four children, we pretty much ended up with two with allergies and two without.
Having two kiddo’s with severe allergies (blame Dad) we have not had pets in our household. We LOVE pets, but they can’t live at our house without having red eyed, sneezy, wheezy, congested, coughing, hacking humans. Both old (Dad) and young were affected by the animal presence. I could always tell when the kids came home from a friend’s house who had a well-loved pet. I’d see all of the signs listed above and it would take a couple of days to get the kid back to breathing normal.
We’ve now been married 27 years and I am convinced that I am going through a morphing process as I sleep with the hubs at night. All of his not so wonderful attributes and habits I am now seeing in my daily routine and life and now I have allergies! Not just allergies, but those sinus things that can make a person down right miserable!!
I finished a quilt yesterday that now has me sneezing, hacking and miserable. I knew there was pet hair on it, but since the quilt was from out of state and came with others that did not have pet hair I sucked it up and loaded it. Now there is a certain amount of touching, shaking, arranging that goes on while a quilt is on the frame and the general vibration of the quilt top shaking as the machine does it’s work. All of this sends the pet hair and dander into the room and I am never more than 3 feet away from the machine at any time while it’s running.
I know a huge percentage of my customers have pets. I've seen them on facebook, on their blogs or in their homes. I can deal with the majority of the quilt tops that come my way without any problems. But every now and then it seems I get a top that I know will make me wish I had no idea about allergies and those sinus thingies. I’m still snorting, sniffling, and rubbing my nose and eyes today. I’ll need to do a good vacuuming of my room to attempt to pick up remnants of yesterday’s work.
I feel like I’m in the minority when it comes to having pets and dealing with the allergy thing. And I hate it! I wish I could bury my face in some sweet little puppy fur without suffering, but I can’t. I’m posting this today and plan on placing this under a tab on my blog at some point.
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