How many of your nearest and dearest are allergic like you?
…Although this is possibly more of a Blog ‘snack’ À la Beans on Toast, rather than a huge helping of Sunday Roast, I’ve wanted to ask this question for a long while…
I’ve always been really close to my Mum. She said my sister and I were as much to her like the sisters she didn’t have, other than being her daughters.
My Mum is a very caring, gentle, emotionally sensitive lady. Hmmm, my 3 ‘nail on the head’ character traits too. My Mum was a teacher, my sister is also a teacher. Hmmm, go figure! My Mum is a wonderful pianist-she loves Chopin-she had the most beautiful soprano voice when she had the time to sing in the church choir-my sister is a talented Bassoon player and also sings in choirs. My Mum, like me, has perfect pitch.
There is a sense then, of connection amongst the three of us, through our music and teacheriness. But what I haven’t told you straight out, is, my Mother and sister are also highly allergic and atopic.
It’s rare we all get snapped together-but here’s an unaware, unposed effort from last September…
…We’re actually not very alike at all. Except I’ve got Mum’s blonde hair, and Mum has the same Louis Vuitton sunglasses as me!
Mummy has really bad eczema. It has been quite a hindrance to her, her whole life. She is highy allergic to the detergents used in hotel laundries-chlorox, I think-and whilst she needs the sunshine and warmth of SoCal she really suffers with her skin there. In fact she wont go in the sun much now as it gives her prickly heat. She can’t swim in chlorine water or use any products in the bath. She has also suffered her whole life from terrible migraines. (No thanks there, Mum!) My sister used to suffer from the worst sinusitis I have ever known anyone have. The doctors used to stick a needle up her nose and inject her sinuses with steroids in the good old days. Imagine that pain! My sis now, in her adult hood has developed psoriasis on her scalp back and front mainly. And again no specialist seems to be able to ‘cure’ it. I remember as a child she would go bright red in clothes shops as she was highly allergic to the dyes. This happens to me now!
In every first consultation type appointment I have had regarding my asthma, the doctor starts off by asking the following question…”any family history of allergies?” It takes me a whole lot of puff to explain the above little lot.
I also have a brother (currently working in India) born of the same parents as my sister and I, but a whole generation later. He too has eczema, and chronic sinusitis, oh and he’s a gifted musician with an incredible sense of pitch.
There must be a connection. There must be something in our genes. It seems everything I have ever suffered from, I got from my Mother! And I don’t mean that in any way other than a loving one. But I think with all the incredible science and nature nowadays, surely they will find a ‘cure’ for us with the dodgy lungs and itchy skin and snotty noses!
But in some ways, even though I am genetically extremely like my Mum…
…I’m a spoilt rotten Daddy’s girl!