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My awful dilemma
« on: May 13, 2017, 08:07:01 PM »

Hi I really hope someone can advise me on this.  I have owned and African grey parrot for over 20 years and I absolutely adore him and he adores me and my husband.  Two years ago I became seriously ill with pneumonia and sepsis which saw me in intensive care for five weeks.  Fortunately I pulled through thanks to our amazing NHS however i wasn't recovering as well as expected with severe shortness of breath etc. After a lung biopsy I was diagnosed with aveolitis an allergen based lung disease.  My husband mentioned to the doc that we owned a parrot so he tested me and wallop it came back positive that the bird is an irritant.  I really cannot accept that this is the case as I didn't have a problem before this episode but the doctors are insistent that if I get rid of him I will get better.  I love him so much and it would absolutely break my heart to do so.  What if I do and my health doesn't improve? It would all have been for nothing.  I am posting this in the hope that someone can tell me a way around this dilemma that doesn't involve rehoming him.  All the medical forums are saying get rid of him but they do not understand the deep love involved not like we all do!
Please help I'm desperate!!!!!!


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Re: My awful dilemma
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 09:00:18 PM »

I have a friend that was diagnosed with a similar condition
And she refused to rehome her birds
There's ways you can keep the dust down
E.g. A air purifier ,regular spraying of your grey
Spray the tray with water befor you change the paper and make sure you do this at least once a day
Damp dust cage regular too
Hope this helps and you get to keep your birdie x

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Re: My awful dilemma
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2017, 09:41:04 PM »

I agree with Mandi, get yourself a Heaven Fresh purifier, I suffer from sinus problems and it's made a huge difference for me, & I have cockatiels, as well as my grey which are hugely dusty. Greys are no where near as bad.

I'm sure if you do that I will help you keep your baby. Honestly it's like asking you to rehome your child. :(  I hope it helps, keep us updated

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Re: My awful dilemma
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2017, 06:41:44 PM »

Just wondering how you're getting on Sandra, hope you are well and have managed to keep your little grey x
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