Sneezes and Coughs

Summer.7-28-2014Ah ragweed.  You are my enemy!  So are your friends grass and mold.

Be gone with all of you!!

Oh rain, where are you?  You could help take care of these allergens!

As you can see, I am frustrated and uncomfortable because of my allergies.  It seems that every fall and every spring, nature gets me.  It is no fun to be allergic to all of these things.

I really do like nature.  However, a few times a year, nature doesn’t like me and my body reacts to those allergens.

I always have a better time of things when I am at the beach.  The breeze from the ocean and the salt water really help me.  Unfortunately, it isn’t practical for us to live there.

So instead, I have to put up with some problems a few times a year.  For example, this week I am sneezing and coughing because of ragweed, grass, and mold. This is a vicious cycle.  We love to be outside, but certain times of year, we just can’t.

So instead, we see our doctor and we stay in, drink lots of fluids, get our rest, and take medications to help us.  Hope we’ll be better soon.

By the way, this lovely photo of nature was taken during our visit to Cypress Gardens in South Carolina.  Such a stunning place.

Take care and hope you stay well.  If you are ill, hope you get better very soon!

Aaaaa-chooooo!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAsneezeTis the season for sneezes, runny noses, and pollen.  Lots of pollen.

Pollen has been super high in our community for the past two weeks and we are suffering because of it.  We all have the crud and it isn’t fun.

This lovely Dogwood and other trees have been the culprits for the last week.  As pretty as they are, I can’t be outside with them very much.  I may have to get out a mask to wear when I go out.

This pollen of course makes it difficult in walking to and from school.  This morning, Ian said, “Mommy, we need to walk more to school.”  I told him, “Ian, I am not feeling very well today so we can’t walk today. Perhaps another time.”

“Okay Mommy,” he said reluctantly. He seemed to understand as he too has been suffering this year from the pollen.  With recess most days at school, he is outside quite a bit.

It is so frustrating that the beauty of spring always gets to me.  Darn that pollen!  Aaaaa-choooo!

On this day with congestion and other issues, I am thankful for:

  • Antihistamines and decongestants
  • Hot tea
  • Antibiotics when needed
  • Soup for lunch
  • Air conditioning and windows that close
  • A comfy pillow for an afternoon nap
  • Kleenex
  • Cough drops
  • A hot shower
  • Hugs from my husband and son
  • A good book to read
  • Time to recover
  • Water and juice

I wonder how much longer the pollen will be at high levels.  I hope it’s not much longer.  Rain is expected soon so hopefully that will help some.