Where do I start ......... here goes
Since mid jJanuary I’ve been experiencing a tightness and discomfort in my chest and shortness of breath quite wheezy when breathing feeling bunged up and a cough at night which is stopping me sleeping properly I thought I’d picked up a virus like you do but when it didn’t go away and it was getting worse I went to see my GP early February and he told me he didn’t think it was a virus and it may be something to do with my recent heart valve replacement and my medications for my heart that I’m on so he got on the phone to a Cardiologist and arranged an appointment for me to see him on Within a few days I told him about my symptoms and he checked me over and arranged to have some blood taken and arranged an echo of my heart and new valve he asked me loads of questions if I was married did I have kids or grandkids any pets etc etc and I told him I’d got a new puppy. My blood tests and the echo on my valve were fine although my heart rate and blood pressure were higher than normal which concerned him . He then said I may be allergic to dogs . I told him there was no way I was allergic to dogs as I’d had dogs all my life and never had problems and it’s only the last three years that I haven’t had a dog. He said allergy’s can start anytime in your life and as I’m certain medication I’m more susceptible after my heart surgery than I was before to virus’s and other health issues. So he sent me to have a skin prick test to see if I was allergic to dogs and the results were positive I’m now apparently allergic to dog allergens.
We discussed what I should do and I suggested taking antihistamines but he said I can’t as they can cause heart palpitations and would mess up the effectiveness of my medications especially the Beta Blocke Bisoprolol I’m taking I asked for an alternative and he said I could get allergen injections although he wouldn’t advise it as they are weekly to start with and then monthly after 3-5 months and it can take between 3-5 years to have any effect and there are side effects as you are injected with the very thing you are allergic too to build up your resistance which can sometimes make the symptoms worse. He said if it was him in my position with my heart condition and meds he’d rehome the dog.
I left feeling devastated and sat in the car park and cried then said to myself fuck it I’ll have the injections. On Tuesday I spoke to my family and friends about the results and they were all telling me I needed to put my health first and listen to the cardiologist. I didn’t sleep at all that night going over everything in my head as my heart was telling me one thing and my head another .
On Tuesday my head was a complete shed but it was telling me that after everything I’ve been through with heart surgery and the fact I’ve survived it and been given a second chance I had no option but to let Skye go which the thought of was killing me . I emailed the lovely couple who had bred her in Kent and explained the situation and straight away without hesitation they said we will take her back, she can come home to us and we will keep her. After lots of messaging and a couple of weeks later we arranged to meet half way at Peterborough Services.The time leading up to our meeting was horrendous lots of tears lots of anger but I didn’t have a choice in the matter as the cardiologist said it would get worse and I could eventually become asthmatic and need to use inhalers and all this would put undue pressure on my heart. To hand her over to was really tuff but I know they love her and will give her a great home and that’s my only consolation in this whole fucking mess
The photo above was taken on our last walk together ....we all keep in touch regularly and she lives in the house with two older dogs as she’s house trained they’ve said she will be entered in some championship shows later this year I’m going to go to the open air ones to watch her as I’m sure she will do really well
The handover happened a couple of weeks ago but I haven’t been able to post anything untill now . The lovely Zena sent me a message asking how I was and that she had been thinking of me and Skye when she was watching Crufts so Zena you’ve spurrred me on to get this off my chest thank you sweetheart
The positives from this experience are that all my symptoms have now dissapered after a massive cleanup at home Skye is with an amazing couple who bred her and love her as much as me and she’s happy
The morale I suppose is don’t take anything for granted in this life live it to the max enjoy the highs accept the knocks but don’t let them break you there’s always something good just waiting around the corner. Positivity rules my friends 👍👍
I needed to get away so I’m currently sat in East Midlands Airpirt waiting to go to Tenerife hope your all doing well and your lives are filled with loads of positives and joy