les Davey de France

Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cats ! Can't live with 'em !

It's a pain being allergic to cats. We were invited to eat at the home of some friends in the church on Sunday and they have a very friendly, very furry cat who loves to be stroked etc...

We ate very well and were very happy, but I was getting more and more clogged up and asthmatic, so we had to leave.

The problem is that if you explain why, then either people feel guilty for having a cat (!) or they think that perhaps if they put the cat out all will be OK (it won't - it isn't presence of cat that sets you off, it's essence of cat and that takes weeks to clear.) Meanwhile you feel too uncomfortable and short of breath to discuss it !

So it's better to make some kind of excuse and leave, then to let them know later when you are able to explain without feeling ill and distressed !

It also meant that preaching was a bit bizarre as I needed to have tissues handy to blow my nose and also explain why from time to time I had to stop and stifle sneezes !


Emmanuel said...

You need to go "en cure" Alan, it will do you a whole lot of good. And it is covered by the health services. Imagine a few weeks off, beeing looked after, no children, no sermons. You could catch up on your reading...

Alan Davey : said...

ahahahaha !

( that's how you laugh online in French )