Thursday, May 14, 2009
April Sniffles Bring May Sneezing
Spring means one thing for me: someone is sneezing, rubbing their eyes, or blowing their nose because of hay fever, dust, or pollen. And that someone is usually me.
Allergies. Who needs ‘em? Actually, I’m dealing with itchy eyes, clogged ears, and a stuffy head right now. I’m the picture of spring beauty, aren’t I?
You know what’s bad? The older I get, the more things pop up on my allergy radar. When I lived in Californa, I lived an allergy-free life. No runny nose, unless I had a cold. Not a sneeze to be heard, unless I was showering in pepper – try it, it’s fun. However, when I moved to Las Vegas (a.k.a. Dust Bowl Central), guess what I found out? I’m allergic to dust.
Three years ago, I found out that I’m allergic to long pet hair dander. While visiting the only friend of mine that had a longhaired dog, I’d immediately get the sniffles as soon as her sweet Saint Bernhard sat next to me. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I was allergic to her dog, so instead, I opted for the passive-aggressive way out: I stopped going to her house. I would make up excuses for us to meet anywhere but at her house to save myself from cutting off my nose. To this day I’m convinced she and her dog think I hate big dogs... *sniff*
Two years ago, when HABL and I moved into our house, I found out I was allergic to pine tree pollen. During our first spring here, the gigantic pine tree in our yard decided to drop its pollen and coat our entire front yard (front door, cars, and driveway included) in neon green pollen. Imagine my sneezing fit stepping outside of the house! I didn’t immediately make the connection, so I was more than confused when I’d wake up with a sore throat and itchy eyes every morning.
I have to tell you friends, even as bad as it is, I’m not taking anything for it. Call me crazy, but I don’t want to use allergy meds. I know what you’re saying, “But wait a minute! Allergy medicine will clear it right up, silly!” Well, my mom has pretty bad allergies, too, and was prescribed some allergy medicine that you spray in your nose? She just got her sense of smell back after a year of not having it! Yeesh. I’ll stick with the saline solution, use my netty pot, and just deal with it. At least my schnoz is working properly and draining…
Anyway, I’m wondering what'll be added to my allergy list this year. At the rate I’m going, anything’s possible: I could become allergic to cereal, or worse, root beer floats.