Corn is back but look out cat!

We met with the allergist yesterday and after no change in the exima, we are adding corn back into our diet. That makes things so much easier! But the next challenge, pet allergies with a cat that he loves…

Corn is in everything! High fructose corn syrup is the main one… it is a sweetener in just about any commercially product.  Baking was more difficult due to the fact that baking powder contains corn starch. We were able to substitute potato starch, and arrowroot powder but these are not cheap replacements. We were able to get these from the local health foods store for around $2.99/lb and this was able to make around 3-4 cups of  a recipe. The most we used was in the bread, 2 cups a recipe, but it was worth it! Now that we can use corn again, it will make baking so much easier and less costly. Don’t get me wrong … it was worth it and if I had to keep doing it for my son’s sake I would in a heart beat, but it will be much better all the way around.

Now for the fun… we will start giving our cat a bath every week and limiting the areas of the house that she is able to be in.  Other things that we will be doing are:

  • Wash bedding frequently in hot water (dust mites, which do not come from animals, are also powerful allergens). Washing flushes away dander that has settled on the bedding.
  • Not allow the pet in the car or use washable seat covers.
  • Wash your hands after playing with the animal.
  • Clean and vacuum regularly.

Things we will try in the near future

  • Buy a HEPA filter. All three physicians recommended this. HEPA filters can be portable or home-wide.
  • Closing off house-wide ducts to the bedroom and using portable heating and cooling

The last resort will be to “take a vacation” from poor kitty by taking her to live with a friend or family member for a 6-12 month period.

for more information on what you can do to combat pet allergies see

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About Brad

Education California State University, Chico, CA
Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Systems, with Minor in Business – May 2005 3.429 GPA
Emphasis in Networking and Internet

Experience Oroville Hospital, Oroville, CA
Hospital Information Systems Technician I
• Served as helpdesk team member fielding calls and educating users on AS400 and PC based applications and peripherals
• Executed server backups and Saves using Backup Exec, and tape rotations and storage measures
• Designed and implemented web-based, multi-user helpdesk software in PHP and MySQL on a Linux server
• Conducted data transfer of billing information and maintenance utilizing HBOC and Cirius group Software
• Monitored servers including RAS (Remote Access Server), Exchange server, Domain controller, and AS400
• Performed optical processing from OS400 system

Next Step Computers, Oroville, CA
Owner/Technician –

• Implementation and troubleshooting of networks with 802.11b, 802.11g, and Ethernet
• Implementation of static and dynamic IP addressing, and network address translation
• PC hardware installation, including DSL/Cable installation and configuration, and HD partitioning
• PC software installation, including OS installation/re-installation with Linux, Windows and multi-boot systems
• Implementation and monitoring of security measures including firewall, IDS, port forwarding and IP masquerading
• PC troubleshooting including spy-ware / ad-ware removal, virus removal, and registry cleaning
• Design and maintenance of PHP based web sites, with MySQL database backbone
• Implementation and administration of servers on Linux and Windows platforms including Apache 1.0 and 2.0, PHP 4.2, MySQL, SSH, FTP, SaMBa

Community Involvement
Boy Scouts of America, Oroville, CA
Eagle Scout – Awarded March 19, 2000
• Positions held include Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scout Master, Quartermaster, and Scribe
• Awarded Bronze Eagle Palm
Chapter Chief – Order of the Arrow (Honor Society) – Spring 1999 – Spring 2000
• Master of Ceremonies and task master at gatherings: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Camp-o-ree (Competition)
Webmaster – Maidu Chapter, Order of the Arrow – Spring 1999 – Summer 2002 –

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