The other bad news is that, despite being pretty much clear of eczema for the past few months, Rory is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts and cashews. Environmental allergens (besides cats) include grass seeds and dust mites.
The repercussions mean that I will have to keep him away from these foods until he is re-tested in a year's time. He will need to drink either a soy formula, or an alternative milk such as almond milk or rice milk. I bought him some soy yogurt today as well as biscuits and crackers containing no milk or egg.
The doctor insisted we rehome Ebony, have all walls, carpeted areas and furniture steam cleaned, get a protective cover for his mattress, and dry all of his clothes inside. He said if we don't get rid of Ebony there is a good chance Rory will develop asthma.
I was most unimpressed with this doctor! Rory was screaming while he did the tests and he offered no words of reassurance. His bedside manner was sorely lacking! He had a 'get over it and stop crying' kind of attitude. I mean, hello, he's a baby, of course he's going to be scared. This guy clearly seemed to be a cat hater and said that everyone should get rid of their cats because they cause allergies.
I'm sure Rory will be ok. There is a good chance he will outgrow the food allergies, but the doctor was doubtful about the environmental ones.
I really don't want to part with my dear puss! We've been together for nearly seven years. She's part of our family. Maybe people who don't have much-loved pets won't understand, but she is a great companion who means so much to me. It's so hard to rehome cats. No-one seems to want them. I won't give her to a shelter and I will be very picky about finding her a good home. My parents said they will care for her temporarily until someone is found. I'm thinking she would suit a retired person or couple who can have her inside and give her lots of attention.
I won't give up and I'm already looking at alternative treatments and opinions. A friend of ours had allergies to cats, wheat, dairy and basically couldn't eat before she saw a naturopath allergist in Melbourne. She is well on the path to recovery! I'm going to get in touch with him, even if we have to make a trip to Melbourne.
I'm really praying I can keep spending my days with both bubba and cat.
|Lots of cuddles with my furry girl today.|