Fear of commitment

November 19th, 2008

So some of you will remember that in September I was besieged by allergies that glued my eyes shut every morning and introduced me to life in the Land of Misery. Well, last week I had a real scratch test done; basically, I’m very allergic to pollen in the spring, grass in the summer, weeds in the winter, and dust mites, cats, and dogs all year. (I’m mildly allergic to all sorts of other stuff as well – though corn smut, unfortunately, does not make the list, which is a little disappointing because it would be wicked fun to say I’m allergic to smut.)

So I get to buy special allergen-proof bedding (since I learned about dust mites, the thought of sleeping in my un-proofed bed has been kind of revolting). The good news is that I’m eligible for allergy shots. Allergy shots are wonderfully effective and make allergies virtually disappear.

But. I would go in for a shot once a week for six months, and then I would go in for a shot once a month for about three years. My peripatetic nature and general wanderlust make the thought of living somewhere – anywhere – for three straight years rather overwhelming. It’s not like I have any plans to go anywhere else, but I like to keep my options open, you know?


8 Responses to “Fear of commitment”

  1. Marc on November 20, 2008 6:09 am

    “Das ist ja enorm!”

    That’s what the doctor said when he saw the result of my scratch test for horses.

  2. Dave on November 20, 2008 10:18 am

    You know, even if you did move, nothing would stop you from changing doctors, or swinging back through once a month.

    Or, as an even more chilling proposition, perhaps you could procure the shots and administer them your self. **shudders involuntarily**

  3. Mom on November 20, 2008 10:47 am

    surely there’s a medical practitioner somewhere else in the world that can figure out how to give you a shot if you happen to be away from home when you need another one–I’ve even heard of them here! (had some, too, in my younger days…) So the commitment isn’t to the location as long as there’s a doctor where you travel that can read another doctor’s writing to get the dosage or whatever, but only to the treatment. Three years of knowing someone is waiting to stick a needle in you isn’t something to be entered into lightly! Sorry to have passed on so many allergies–you seem to have gotten them from both sides of the family.

  4. fishiefishies on November 20, 2008 2:58 pm

    Marc: Ja, meine Ärtzin hat auch so gesagt – meiner Test für Staubmilben hatte doch einigen Satelliten! Für Pferde habe ich glücklicherweise keine Allergie. Musst du oft mit Pferde bleiben?

    Dave and Mom: Both of you seem to be assuming that if I moved anywhere it would be within the United States…

  5. Dave on November 20, 2008 5:30 pm

    Srsly, would limiting yourself to the US for 3 yrs be too much for you?

  6. Marc on November 20, 2008 5:45 pm

    I haven’t seen real horses in ages and i have never noticed any allergic reaction when I rode on them as a child every now and then. Allergies seem to come and go in my case anyway. I used to have hay fever which is gone for 2 or 3 years already now. Instead I experienced coughing as an allergic reaction to birches 2 years ago (reason for sratch test). I guess this is how my life tries to stay exciting for me…

  7. Mom on November 21, 2008 8:43 am

    I didn’t realize your world was restricted to the US, and I’m sure that medical technology in many parts of the world is at least as advanced as it is here–although if you want to go walkabout there may be a problem…

  8. fishiefishies on November 21, 2008 12:35 pm

    Marc: We have something in common! I’m severely allergic to birch pollen. I’m just a little allergic to most other trees, but birch is baaaaad for me.

    Mom: True, but the fear is that countries with socialized medical systems tend to think they have enough people to cover without providing free medical care for random stowaway Americans who don’t pay taxes in that country…

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