Monday, April 29, 2013

Allergies

I'm not sure when it was that people started talking about how bad allergies are this year. All I can say is that I was rather perplexed.

You see, I have had seasonal allergies for years, a fact which I've complained about before. It used to be bad enough that it would seriously interfere with my ability to sing in choirs. Plus, for the last couple years, the seasonal allergies have started early for me. But not this time.

After more than a month of being semi-amused by people's complaints about allergies when I wasn't feeling them myself...they finally came for me.

It was on the equinox. I kid you not, exactly the equinox, officially the first day of spring. The allergies hit me full force, and I finally stop laughing to myself about how bad other people were having it.

The symptoms weren't exactly my usual allergies symptoms. There were no itchy eyes, for example. But they were easily recognizable, and far worse than usual. Bad enough that I might have thought myself sick if I hadn't recognized it for seasonal allergies. It even seemed to mess with my inner ear, something that allergies haven't done to me before. And my usual allergy meds seemed to be of limited help.

Luckily, I started to feel a bit better after about a week. And I kept getting better and better. By now I seem to be pretty much over my allergies. I'm still taking my allergy meds (in theory) since I figure I may still be having low level allergies that they're holding at bay, but I seem to be fine now.

I'm hoping this means that allergy season is basically over for me. But I'm refraining from saying that it definitely is because I really don't want to tempt the allergy gods. They seem like the type who have fun tormenting people, especially someone who has just declared their allergies completely gone for the year.

Oh yeah, and I did finally stop being amused by who are complaining about allergies being worse than usual this year. After all, I spent a week feeling rather sick from them.

Pollination By Bee by Petr Kratochvil

I thought this photo might be appropriate because it's an illustration of something that might be the source of seasonal allergies. Its beauty is an interesting contrast to the misery of allergies, isn't it?

2 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

Allergies can be a downer, especially in social situations. I was flying to Las Vegas once, and my allergies were killing me--you have no idea (or maybe you do) how annoying it is to be the person who can't stop sneezing in a plane where everybody is trying to sleep *sigh*

And cherry blossoms go with anything! They are gorgeous indeed ;-)

Sarita Rucker said...

Nope, I don't have any idea what it's like to be the one sneezing on an plane. Ouch.

One of my favorite things about spring is seeing the flowering trees. :)