One of my favorite things about having a blog is that it documents things that I can go back and see for years to come. This comes in handy for times when Gibson isn't feeling too hot. For instance, if Gibson gets sick, I can go to the archives and see if it is a trend that happens at the same time every year or if it's just some fluke sickness. I've done this to check on when his late summer allergies usually start, which has been pretty consistant every year. Only problem is that I never seem to post when his allergies END.
When the heck to do they end???! It's only been about 2 weeks, but Gibson, Ben and I have all had enough of them. I have been giving Gibson Benadryl twice a day since they started, but he still scratches, licks and bites himself all day long. Well, he does in-between his long drug-induced naps anyways.
Sleeping has been really fun. Usually between 3 & 4am, he wakes up and scratches for the rest of the night. I brought his dog bed up and put it in our room, so we can kick him off the bed when he starts.. but sometimes that even gets annoying. One night, I locked him out so I could get some peace and quiet! Did you know it's kind of hard to sleep when you're a big 'ol pregnant lady as it is? Between the leg cramps, trying to find a somewhat comfortable position and having to pee all the time.. it's not a walk in the park. Throw in a dog w/crazy allergies and sleep is pretty much a rare occurance. Last night I felt lucky because it was a cramp in my calf that woke me up instead of my scratching dog. hah.
Anyways, as bad as it sounds, he seems to be doing a bit better than the last few years. I think the fact that I started him on allergy medicine as soon as I saw the first symptoms and have been giving him baths at least once a week has helped.
Here's how he's looking, 2 weeks into his allergies:
He still has some eyeliner which is nice! And he hasn't lost too much fur on his head yet. His nose isn't bright bred and his snout isn't puffy. But his paws are all fairly pink and his armpits are looking pretty raw :(
I hope the end is almost here. I was looking through flickr photos and saw that he looked back to his old self around September 20th of last year.. That's not too far off.. I suppose.... I think next year, I may break down and get him the allergy shot at the vet :(
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