|Olivia smelling the daffodils in front of our home|
That's what I told myself (and Bryan who knows full well what allergies look like because he has them himself every year) for the first few days. Then, finally, yesterday I gave in and tried combating the itchy eyes/ears/throat and my barely-runny/really annoying sniffle-y nose with some allergy meds. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) it worked. So I guess I should fess up and say, if allergies are for sissies, then apparently that's what I am. Welcome fellow sissies.
I have no idea where I read this, but I remember reading somewhere several years ago that the Willamette valley in Oregon is one of the worst places for seasonal allergies. Well, it just so happens that I grew up right along side the Willamette River in that very valley, but somehow made it through childhood unscathed. So I guess I always figured that if I had made it through that without any problems, I would be allergy-free forever. Ha. Apparently not.
I remember one of my best friends dealing with terrible allergies while we were growing up. During the spring time it seemed like he was constantly blowing his nose and putting drops in his itchy eyes. I felt bad for him then, but my pity was a little drowned out by the sound of his honking nose-blow. It got old real fast. But now that I'm experiencing it a little myself, I think I'm ready to take back every impatient thought I ever had on behalf of his allergies.
Last night when I was going crazy from the symptoms I finally sucked it up and tried some benadryl. It worked really well, but, yeah, it did make me a little drowsy. The more I come to terms with the fact that I probably am dealing with seasonal allergies here, the closer I may come to taking real allergy meds. Though, admittedly, I'm not super interested in having to take meds all the time.
Any fellow allergic sissies out there have good remedies to try that don't require me having to take a pill every 4-6 hours?
Or if there is no easy non-pill cure, what're your favorite allergy medications? The benadryl I took last night made me kind of drowsy which was especially lame considering I had just woken up from a late afternoon nap before I took it. So I woke up from the nap, took the benadryl, and then started feeling drowsy all over again. Not the coolest.
Alright, I'm done complaining about joining the seasonal allergies club. (If that's what this is, but probably it is.) Apparently my allergy-free childhood in the Willamette valley didn't guarantee me an allergy-free life, but I'm actually not feeling all that robbed. Mostly I'm just so glad I got to enjoy the first 25 years without any allergies. Now I'll come and join the party. :)