|Barked: Fri Apr 6, '07 10:41am PST |
|I'm honestly not sure what he's responding to in my more severe bouts of asthma. I've sort of assumed that it is a quality of cough - I know that my voice changes and that I'm usually unaware of it - but it could be scent, too, which would explain the face-sniffing. Since asthma is all about inflammation, it could be that the more severe attack is caused by an increased physiological response which, in turn, produces an equal increase in whatever scent Storm is picking up on.
This would explain his reaction to some of my allergies, too - after all, hives are just another inflammatory response due to an overactive immune system releasing uneeded histamines. Because we're actually allergic to many of the same things, I've often said that the two of us sit on the couch at night and scratch each other's itches. I'm entirely serious about this! I can tell when Storm's been particularly itchy - he licks me far more when I'm scratching a good itch. Similarly, he'll pay more attention to areas on my skin that I'd had hives that day. For example: yesterday, while de-burring him after a romp with some of his buddies, one of the burrs snagged my thumb and must've juuust barely broken the very top layer of the epidermis. About a half-hour later I had raised hives in the area. They itched pretty intensely but it wasn't anything horrible, and they went away upon getting home and washing my hands. Later that evening (well after the swelling had gone down) Storm and I were sitting on the couch and he started licking that thumb - and that particular area of that thumb - constantly.
Now, I come home with papercuts from school and other dermal abrasions - but I only get this reaction from him when I come home with hives.
You must remember, though, that Storm is one of the few entities that has seen me in some pretty severe states. He's been there for a really bad asthma flare-up and for a week with no allergy meds while I waited for more allergy testing (with my undiscovered food allergies, this led to a horrible week of solid hives, no sleep, and lots of bruising). I suppose, then, that he's been sensitized to this and may just be doing what he can to help me. After all, I do the same for him and his allergies and hives.
I love my sensitive guy.
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