I've been looking for this cartoon for a while now. I finally cleaned out my personal filing and found it. Yay for organizing! ;)
It's a Far Side cartoon...and I love Gary Larson's way of thinking, anyway. When I first read this one, I cracked up! I thought, "this is so me! Pretty soon I'm going to have to live in a bubble, but then they'll find out I'm allergic to myself...or to the bubble!" :)
I have to laugh about my allergies, because otherwise when I start thinking about it, I get really bummed. I know my health is good compared to many other folks', so please don't take this as complaining. I have so many more good days than I do bad. I maybe have one or two asthma attacks a YEAR. I've only had to go to the hospital twice out of all the years I've had asthma, and I never had to stay overnight. The only time I get really bad with my breathing is when I have a cold or sinus infection or something. So I am very fortunate, I think.
The thing I hate the most about my allergies is the inconvenience it causes others.
When Rob buys me a gift, he can't buy me jewelry because I can't wear metal. I can't eat tomatoes, so when I go to someone's house for dinner, they often can't fix their signature chili or lasagna or whatever....so many foods are tomato based. Our whole family has had to change the way it eats because fixing one tomato-less dinner is easier than fixing one with and one without.
If I try to be hard headed and do stuff I'm not supposed to, I end up sick for a week (or more) and someone has to pick up my slack. (Such as dusting without a mask or mowing the lawn, etc.) Thank goodness the only food I'm allergic to is tomatoes! The only non-food item I wasn't allergic to when I was tested was down feathers. :) I was allergic to all the other stuff: pollen, mold, dust, cats, dogs, vermin, grass, trees, etc.
There are some things I refuse to part with (such as my pets) and occasionally I crave pizza so much I just pop a Benadryl and eat a slice, anyway. What's life without an occasional slice of pizza? Torture! ;)
I'd so like to change this about myself, but I can't, so I just deal with it. When I can laugh at it, it makes it seem less of a pain in the rear. ;) I think I should donate my body to science after I die. I am sure it contains the cures to half of the world's catastrophic illnesses! ;)
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