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Ethiopian food, asthma, & editing


LittleBuddhaTW

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Last night, Rigel from GA treated me to a wonderful meal at an Ethiopian restaurant. It was my first time eating Ethiopian food, even though some people may have thought I had, since I wrote about that in a previous chapter of SOOTB. The actual experience was pretty much as I described it. The food was spicy, which I love, and the Sam Adams beer washed everything down nicely. Rigel and Mrs. Rigel were also excellent dinner companions, and I enjoyed meeting them and chatting. So, thank you for a lovely evening, Rigel! :D

 

On a totally different subject, I've never had asthma before, and I've never had much of an allergic reaction to my cats other than the occasional sneeze or itchy eyes, and that only happens if they've been right up in my face for a while. But ever since I've gotten home, I've been having some reactions when I stay down in the basement, which is where the cats are, and we have a computer, TV, DVD player, and comfy sofas down there ... it's basically our rec room. Last night, after being down there for about only 30 minutes, I started having trouble breathing and was coughing a lot. I've never had that kind of reaction before, so I'm thinking it has more to do with the basement than my cats. Maybe mildew or something (although I never had that problem when I was living here during my teenage years). Over the next few hours, it became harder and harder to breathe, and at about 3 AM, I woke up my parents, wheezing loudly, barely able to talk, and told them I needed to go to the emergency room. Fortunately, my dad had had asthma a while back, and still had an inhaler that is used for acute attacks. It worked. However, I'm going to need to go see a doctor now and get my own prescription in case it happens again. It was not a pleasant experience. :(

 

Ok, on to the story stuff ... I've gotten sooo many PMs and e-mails over the past couple of days, asking what is going on with the story and editing situation. I think everyone has been reading too much into things, and there is no reason to get worked up. Sharon and Kitty will BOTH be working on the upcoming chapter of SOOTB. I think people were making it out to be much more than it actually was. There are NO problems between Kitty and I, so please, no more PMs or e-mails about that. Thanks! ;)

 

I hope everyone has had a chance to read "A Free Man In Paris." I know short stories usually aren't as popular as serials, but Kitty and I both worked hard on this one, so please go read it if you haven't yet, and post your thoughts/comments in the discussion forum. We'd both really like to see some more feedback. And Chapter 24 of SOOTB should be posted this weekend.

 

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Wow good luck with the asthma/allergy thing hope you get that under control.

 

I really liked your american in paris take off. :2thumbs: It was well written and I loved the description of not knowing what you ordered. I did so much of that over the years. Thank god I like most everything. I am finding coming out stories a bit jaded rigtht now but this was short and fun. Pax Steve(aka flattoppp)

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LB--

 

It was great having dinner with you last night.

 

Sorry to hear about your asthmatic reaction--I'm subject to the same problems, and I've become deathly allergic to cats, which give me asthma to the point where I can't breathe. (Remind me not to visit you in your house.) The first time I had an acute reaction like the one you describe (thinking I needed a trip to the emergency room at 3 a.m.), I was visiting friends in Virginia. (We could talk about their red-headed kid, but we won't.) It was a combination of mold and cats. Fortunately, they had an inhaler handy to give me First Aid with, and now I've got an Albuterol inhaler of my own for just such circumstances. I usually try to avoid cat houses, or at least to sit on unupholstered chairs when I do visit one. Hopefully, it's the mold and not the cats, but you need to take serious asthma like that VERY seriously. I hope my allergy isn't contagious.

 

Mrs. Rigel (who asks me to point out that she's technically a concubine rather than a Mrs.) is also a serious asthmatic, and her hunch is that it's the mold or possibly dust. Or the carpet.

 

--Rigel

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David, it might be mold or mildew that's been there forever...it's just that your body hasn't been around it forever anymore...As your body readjusts to the new climate/situation, it'll react less violently. (unless your name is Robert who gets bad allergy attacks at the drop of a hat).

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Oh, and your karate uniform...so you want to write a Service chapter where a karate class gets eaten for dinner? Yummm

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Oh, and your karate uniform...so you want to write a Service chapter where a karate class gets eaten for dinner? Yummm

 

Hmmm ... I think I could probably be persuaded to do that ... ;)

 

:P

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Oh, and your karate uniform...so you want to write a Service chapter where a karate class gets eaten for dinner? Yummm

 

Hmmm ... I think I could probably be persuaded to do that ... ;)

 

:P

 

*taps foot impatiently and looks at his watch*

 

 

 

B)

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David, it might be mold or mildew that's been there forever...it's just that your body hasn't been around it forever anymore...As your body readjusts to the new climate/situation, it'll react less violently. (unless your name is Robert who gets bad allergy attacks at the drop of a hat).

Dan is right. I'm not mildly allergic to something in the house I grew up in. Although in general I've been healthier since I moved out so perhaps it always got me a little. Much worse now though. Anyway you may get readjusted and if not at least you can hope that wherever you move to the allergin won't follow.

 

LB--

 

It was great having dinner with you last night.

 

Sorry to hear about your asthmatic reaction--I'm subject to the same problems, and I've become deathly allergic to cats, which give me asthma to the point where I can't breathe. (Remind me not to visit you in your house.) The first time I had an acute reaction like the one you describe (thinking I needed a trip to the emergency room at 3 a.m.), I was visiting friends in Virginia. (We could talk about their red-headed kid, but we won't.) It was a combination of mold and cats. Fortunately, they had an inhaler handy to give me First Aid with, and now I've got an Albuterol inhaler of my own for just such circumstances. I usually try to avoid cat houses, or at least to sit on unupholstered chairs when I do visit one. Hopefully, it's the mold and not the cats, but you need to take serious asthma like that VERY seriously. I hope my allergy isn't contagious.

 

Mrs. Rigel (who asks me to point out that she's technically a concubine rather than a Mrs.) is also a serious asthmatic, and her hunch is that it's the mold or possibly dust. Or the carpet.

 

--Rigel

 

Good to know. :lmao:

 

Sharon

:lmao::lol:

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DK pegged a main source of allergens (and allergens are a major source as asthmatic problems): Mold.

You mentioned that this was in a basement: Basements are notorious for this, as well as other environmental contaminants.

 

My father had asthmatic attacks which were bought on due to chemical allergies combined with panic attacks. He was very, very sensitive to any sort of solvent, and stress made him much worse.

 

Insect or rodent droppings can be a major source, too. So too can food allergies.

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Although I have allergies, I have only experienced something like that once in my life ... and once was enough.

 

It was right after I left my job as a corporate employee ( :o yes, I actually did that for a while) and was transitioning to being self-employed. I had a mild head cold that didn't go down into my chest, so I really didn't think anything of it, until one night it started getting more and more difficult to breathe. I was wheezing and struggling for breath. A friend took me to the emergency room, where they gave me an inhalation treatment that opened things up, and an inhaler for use at home, which I never had to use but was reassuring to have around for a while. What they diagnosed was bronchiospasms of unknown origin (not much of a diagnosis, really.)

 

It had never happened before, and never has happened again, but it was a very scary thing.

 

I'm glad you're going to get it checked out.

 

 

 

Kitty

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Sooooo, although my first choice is possible mold, was there anything in your 'spicy' dishes that could have caused an allergic reaction - like peanuts!. Sometimes it's just the simple things in life. One day - at 26 - after eating eggs all my life - I fixed myself an egg sandwich and - behold - difficult breathing and a bright red face and watery eyes. :devil: Now, no more eggs, cats, christmas trees and flu shots. Why is it so easy to grow into allergies, but so difficult to grow out of them?

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