here. Also, last weekend I made a big pot of Cabbage Creole, a favorite in the Fall & Winter months. It lasted a whole 2 days. You can get that recipe here.
Have any of you ever had an allergy test. I had one done in the early 90s, where they did a scratch test on my back. I took allergy shots for a few years. Well, apparently, I didn't take the shots long enough for it to make a significant difference in my allergies. So, I had another allergy test done Thursday, and apparently I'm allergic to everything. Seriously. Dust, mold, trees, grass, feathers, horses, dogs and cats - Oh, and cockroaches. Ummm yeah. They tested me for cockroaches. Gross. I'm still allergic to all of the things I remember from my 1st test.
I'm highly allergic to cats and oak trees. Obviously, I knew that. I can avoid cats for the most part, but oak trees? How on earth am I supposed to avoid them? This is Arkansas for crying out loud. There are oak trees everywhere. I live on 3 acres of oak trees.
My doctor has offered me at-home immunotherapy. This means that I would go to the clinic for the first 2 or 3 shots, and they would teach me how to administer the shot myself, how to use an Epipen, etc. Anytime my dosage is increased or changed in anyway, I would have to go to the clinic for that shot. I don't have any doubts that I could give myself a shot, but man, we're looking at over $4,000 each year PLUS the cost of the syringes, etc. Additionally, they recommend that I continue to take the allergy meds I've been taking, AND the immunotherapy should last three to five years for it to be really effective. Yikes! After the 3- to 5-year period, my allergies may be completely reversed or in the very least significantly reduced. So, there's that....
I judged a chili cook off today. I totally forgot I was supposed to do it. It was really great timing though because this morning was really crazy, and I didn't have time to fix myself some lunch. It was a nice reminder that some surprises are actually good ones.
I hope your surprises are good ones! TGIF!
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