When I was about 11 years old, a neighbor's cat had a litter of kittens and I fell in love with them. I begged my mom for a kitten and after annoying her long enough, she said okay. When we brought her home, she fit in the palm of my hand.
After a while, I started wheezing and having crazy coughing fits and during a visit to the doctor, we found that I was super allergic to cats. I took shots and all kinds of meds, but nothing helped. So eventually, (and I hate remembering that day) we had to give my kitten away.
Since then, I've avoided cats like crazy. And when I've been around them, things haven't been pretty. Like the time I got a cat hair in my eye at a party as a teenager and ended up looking like a cyclopse. (In front of my crush, of course.) Then there was the babyshower I wheezed, sneezed, itched and scratched through.
But in December, I attended a Christmas party, inhaler in pocket, and managed to breathe freely for six hours in a house with two cats. It wasn't until I sat on the sofa, late night, that I was affected. And this Saturday night, I visited that house again, without a problem. Then last night, as the ultimate test, I popped a Zyrtec and slept in a house with a cat. I didn't sleep much because the Zyrtec had me buzzing like a bee, but I didn't get sick either. Sure I wheezed here and there, but I could breathe.
It was like a miracle.
So now I'm wondering if our bodies really do change over time? Like when I was a kid, my mom was allergic to eggs. She loves them now. And my friend, F, has been allergic to shrimp and then not allergic to shrimp during different periods of her life.
So could this be the same type of thing? Am I just over it? Or is Zyrtec the king of allergy meds? Have you ever been allergic to something and then found that after a while you weren't? Or vice versa?
4 years ago