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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Think of it less as a cough and more as a purr

So, after a month of having this ridiculous deep cough, I finally decided to go to the doctor. When it dawned on her that I come in with bronchitis once every 3 months or so, she started probing around and decided the following: I've developed allergy-induced asthma because of my cat.

Her prescription: "You have definitely got to get rid of your cat."

My response: "Well, I'm not doing that. Can I take allergy medicine?"

What I'd really like to have said: "Excuse me, but FUCK THAT! Stinker is a living, breathing creature that I love and am responsible for. I'm not going to just "give him up," doctor. If one of your kids was stressing you out and that stress was causing high blood pressure, would you get rid of your kids? I think not. I've seen the commercials about the domestic tranquility that Zyrtec can pour over a family with cat allergies. I've seen them! Find another answer, DOCTOR!"

I am not happy. She gave me some antibiotics and an inhaler and some claritin, so we'll see how this cocktail fairs. All I can say for certain is that I will not be living without my four legged friend anytime in the near future, and that's a fact. I will not be denied my Stinker. I will not!


Anonymous Beth said...

I would get a second opinion... just b/c you come in every three months does not automatically lead to you being allergic to Stinker. You haven't had this problem with cats in the past, so it could be something else. I would do some investigation my friend. I have less and less faith in doctors these days... i really do.

2:30 PM  
Blogger ike said...

I hear what you're saying, but comparing a cat to a child? You're wandering dangerously close to crazy cat lady land.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Blogs t r e t c h said...

I'm not saying a cat and a child are the same thing. I'm saying that you're a doctor. Give me a medical answer before suggesting I cut something out of my life. Also, give me a solution that will get rid of my COUGH, the reason I came here in the first place.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Blogs t r e t c h said...

And, if I had a dog that a doctor was asking me to get rid of, nobody would make any bitchy remarks about it. So shut up Drew.

3:11 PM  
Blogger Sommer said...

Not to be a naysayer here, but I had this same problem in high school. I had a cat I loved who was making me progressively sicker and sicker, but I didn't know that's what was causing it. Sweetie, after a few years of being in and our of ERs, I ended up in intensive care for a week with severe asthma/bronchitis/basically pneumonia. I hope it's not so severe for you, but please be careful.

2:44 PM  
Blogger ike said...

I would make the same comment about a dog, but offer to give the dog a good home. Cats are on their own.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Becky K said...

I am the allergy queen. I've pretty much tried every indoor and outdoor allergy remedy known to man, and I've determined that allergy shots are awesome. I'd be happy to run through all of my various attempts with you though. My recommendation is that you go see an allergist before making any rash decisions (hey, kind of punny). Call me.

10:26 AM  

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