Hey Brittani--if you are still in the hospital, will they let you out for some fresh air? Maybe your family could bring the dog up, and you could meet him outside the hospital rather than have him come up to your room? (Escorted in a wheelchair, of course). We did that for my father-in-law when he was in the hospital for an extended period of time. It was very beneficial for both the dogs and for my father-in-law.
Hope you are on the way home by now. Get another doc.
Hey Brittani! I guess I should have checked your locale (I am in Florida). So, when I suggested a fresh air meeting, I am looking at nice green trees, lots of sunshine & although it's a tad cool today (especially to us natives), it's still nice at around 66 degrees. I too would be distraught if told I had to get rid of my dogs for my health. I couldn't do it. I hope you are well soon!
I'm sorry to hear that you're stuck in the hospital. The suggestion to let your pup come and visit is nice, but I doubt they would let him in the door since you're there as a result of your asthma attack. Sending clothes home was a great idea, though, and it's nice to hear that Clutch is sleeping in the laundry. He's probably missing you, but you'll get to see him again soon. :)
Did you live with any dogs or cats growing up? If not, do you know for certain what caused your asthma attack? I know it's something you don't want to hear, but if animal dander is a trigger for your asthma then you will have to give the situation some very serious consideration. I'm lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it) to have exercise-induced asthma. I can be around any kind of animal without a problem, but if I try to run even 1/4 of a mile I feel like my lungs are trying to explode (and I get the oh-so-lovely smoker-like hacking cough.) My brother, on the other hand, has asthma that is triggered by animal dander, among other things. He had to go through 10+ years of allergy shots before he was well enough for my family to get a dog. My brother could tell you that ending up in the hospital, in an oxygen tent, is no fun.
I hope you get well soon, and hopefully allergies had nothing to do with your attack.
Well that's some good news, then! It makes me wonder why the doctor told you that you would have to get rid of Clutch, though. :/ Then again, hospital doctors always tend to rub me the wrong way since they don't know their patients like the general practitioners do. I guess it's to be expected, though, since hospital doctors only know you for a short time.
I've never heard of a hedgehog allergy, but I guess there's a first time for everything, right? Hopefully just decreasing your hedgehog cleaning duties will help. The only allergy I have is an allergy to, as my old pediatrician put it, "some sort of tree." He never wanted to get me tested because there are way too many types of trees to test for, so I just imagine all trees as waging war against my lungs. Not that it bothers me much. I'm just glad I can have dogs! :)
I would like to think everyone for all the well wishes and kind words! The community here is quite supportive and I truly appreciate it.
I am finally home and got in a good (are rare) cuddle with my fur butt! He was so excited to see me when I got home that he even kissed my teeth!
I had my boyfriend take a video of me coming home, hopefully I can post it soon!
Thanks mycorgi people!
Glad you are at home again together- its not easy when you are allergic to animals- I have a bad reaction but as time goes on I react less & less... Best wishes & hope you stay healthy...
Ewwww asthma. Had it growing up, no fun at all :(
One idea for if/when this happens again... Are there any doggy daycares in your area? Maybe giving your dog a "play date" will help him have some fun and relax while you're in the hospital :)
Don't hedgies bathe in a dust bath? That might be contributing to your problems. I know I'm not allergic to dogs, but I am to various other things that are in dust and stuff. If my dog has rolled in a lot of dirt I have to give him a bath because I get itchy and stuff. I think passing the hedgie bathing ritual on to the bf would be a good idea. That way you can see if that really contributes to your problem... Good luck! I am very glad to hear you are home and Clutch was so excited to see you!!! I can't wait to see the video!!!