A little over a week ago, my daughter, age 12, had some allergy tests done. It was the first time we met the allergist and he looked and sounded like Ben Stein, the guy best known for his "dry eye" commercials. He asked my daughter in his deep, monotone voice, "Now, if I say to you there is a huge reaction to elephants and that is what you are allergic to, what would you say?"
Dr., "Well, why not? I have a doctor degree right there on the wall."
Bree, "Because I have not been around an elephant!"
Dr. "RIGHT! So we want to make sure the reactions you have mesh with your life."
Ok, so she has over fifty scratches on her back to test various things. We wait 20 minutes and the strange thing is nothing really pops out. BUT there is a small tendency towards dog and cat hair. I look at my daughter and she is wiping her eyes. Our dog sleeps in her room and she is his favorite person.
THe doctor say he would like to run a couple of lab tests. Trying to lighten the mood I ask, "Would that be a yellow or a black lab? Ha, get it Bree, allergic to dogs so he is going to bring in LABS!!!!"
She grinned a little, still wiping away the tears. The doctor did not laugh (probably heard that one a million times) but did proceed to tell a similar joke to which we all laughed probably louder than we should have.
After he left I told her we were not getting rid of the dog and the worst that could happen is the dog will sleep somewhere else in the house. But, we are definetly not getting a cat! My husband is quite relieved....