My friend told me her brother is allergic to fish. He is 16 now, but when he was little and their family was out to eat, whenever the waitress would ask for their orders he would look his parents directly in the eyes and say “I’ll take the fish, please” His parents would tell the waitress not to give him the fish but he kept ordering it and wouldn’t order anything else.
Thats the story of how one of my friends was banned from ordering his own food.
When I asked him why he just said “I wanted to see want the reaction would feel like, ya know. Like if i would die or not”

Please fire me. I am sure my next workplace would love to know you wrote me up for giving a man, who was going into anaphylactic shock, some benadryl.  Yep, it says “dealing drugs” in the write up.

Powder Down: Bird Dust Wars

We had our maintenance on our air conditioning unit for the first time in years, and the guy’s like, “Yup, this filter needs changing. It’s dirty. But…” Kind of an awkward pause. “It’s white, this white dust. You wouldn’t know it it was dirty if you just looked at it, it’s not what I usually see…. I–I don’t know what it is.”

Zlato grins, and says, “Bird dust?”


PSA: Birdblr – be safe, don’t keep birds in your bedroom, and use HEPA filters. Keep at least one in your bedroom and one in the room with your bird(s). We also have one in our computer room, as bird dust is hell on electronics (my laptops die premature deaths). 

This is especially important if you have powder down birds (African greys, cockatiels, cockatoos, mealy Amazons, doves, etc.), but everyone should be careful, as the proteins that cause problems can be found in broken down feathers of all types. People with chickens are at risk as well, and may benefit from wearing a mask when cleaning their coops.

This is the HEPA filter kept in the room my African grey lives in. This is when it is changed regularly on the dot, right when the filter’s recommendations say so. The filters start out black. We change it more often than recommended. Notice we also have hard floors throughout the house; this helps a LOT!

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (birdkeeper’s lung) is a real threat for bird keepers, and other respiratory ailments like asthma, allergies, and similar can be seriously aggravated by bird dander. I speak from too much experience.

Be safe! 

Witch Tip #2

If you suffer from allergies, local honey can help with that! Bees aid in pollination as they scavenge for nectar to create their honey. The pollen can become mixed with the honey to create nature’s own tincture to aid in relieving allergy symptoms! Use local honey, as this honey will contain the pollen found immediately in your environment. This will allow you to build up an immunity over time. Try honey in your tea!

Over the past month ½, doctors concluded I had developed an allergy to insulin (the hormone that regulates my blood sugar, and keeps me alive). Over the past year I’ve shown signs of this happening, and it took me coming home from my mission early, fighting with my endocrinologist to ultimately going to a new endo to discover the issue. 2 hospital visits later, ALL THESE DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSULIN (not all pictured) to finally get to the point I’m at.

Tomorrow I’m going to be in a doctors office for 8 hours, going through an insulin desensitization process. They will scratch me, then slowly inject me hour by hour to stop my body from reacting so violently. I’m so ready to stop developing welts, huge bruises, and not being able to sleep/walk/function because of the pain I’m in.

To be honest, I’m super nervous. Please, I ask anyone who reads this, to keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I need this to work. I can’t live like this anymore, I want my insulin pump back, and really I want my life back. I’ve had type 1 diabetes since I was 8. I’m 21 now, and I’ve never been this sick. I need this to work.

#t1d #insulinallergy #type1diabetes