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Posted on Thursday 18 April 2013 at 11:16 am

*cough* *cough* *wheeze* *sniffle*

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My favorite spring expression, which I quote quite often: I don't mind trees having sex, I just wish they'd stop doing it in my nose.

The pollen count in my area has mostly been in the red very high, very dangerous zone for weeks. I have terrible hay fever so my sinuses have been congested, well, all my life realistically, but congested enough to give me near constant headaches for the past couple weeks at least. This is typical for me in the spring. Less typically, my very mild asthma has been off the charts this year. I usually use an inhaler maybe once or twice a week in the spring and then basically never the rest of the year. I've been using it multiple times a day this spring and haven't been able to run or even really go for hikes outside like I usually do because I can't breathe while just sitting around inside. It is supposed to rain tomorrow and that's going to bring the temperature down a bit. Due to the rain itself and the temperature drop, the pollen forecast for both Saturday and Sunday is for only the orange high and dangerous zone rather than the red. I did a happy dance when I saw that. If that is true and I can at all breathe, regardless of how stuffed my sinuses are if even just the asthma problems go down a bit, I'm spending the entire weekend outside! There will be running, hiking, reading in a hammock in the backyard, and any other outdoor activity that comes to mind. How sad is it that I'm this excited about the possibility of a pollen drop from "OMG! DEATH TO SINUSES AND LUNGS!" to "This is going to suck but could be livable."?


space_oddity_75 at 8:13 pm on 18 April 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I feel your pain. It's been exactly the same for me here. In the past week I've never been able to sleep longer than 3-4 hours before waking up with a dry throat and my lungs in flames, even if I use the inhaler 2-3 times a day. Living in the countryside is a nightmare for people like us, with hay fever and asthma attacking us mercilessly for weeks on end. I love spring, don't get me wrong, but my sinuses and lungs don't agree with this season and give me hell to pay every time I set foot outside. Let's just hope the trees stop having sex and lead us into a well-deserved summer soon.

/passes on the inhaler to bratty_jedi as if it were a peace pipe/
bratty_jedi at 10:40 pm on 18 April 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Every time I have moved someplace new I've had people say "Oh, the pollen around here is terrible! I never had sinus allergy problems until I moved here and now I'm just miserable." Since I've literally heard this every place I've moved and I've had sinus problems my entire life, I wonder where these mythical places are that people lived before where there were no problems.

I'm with you loving spring except for the whole breathing thing. I love being outside and it is so pretty right now with all the flowers and the weather right now is so perfect but it is going to be hot, humid, and miserable very soon so it is driving me crazy sitting inside and looking out the window at it. I want to be out so badly and need the trees to knock it off before it gets too muggy to be out in the middle of the day. Thus the excitement for the tiny bit of hope for this weekend.

*gratefully takes inhaler and puffs away*
chemina42 at 8:33 pm on 18 April 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I just wanted to say a whole ditto for me too on this, though for me it lasts nearly all year because in my part of the world, there really is no so thing as seasons anymore, there's rain, pollen time, and maybe a week where nothing grows at all. I seem to suffer all year round with something bothering my lungs and/or sinuses (on top of the food and contact allergies I already have) that I never feel 100%.

I don't mind trees having sex, I just wish they'd stop doing it in my nose.
LOL, never read that quote before. I may have to use that at some point!
bratty_jedi at 10:36 pm on 18 April 2013 (UTC) (Link)
My sinuses are stuffed year round as well. Or runny. Or both. They are certainly never clear and have been that way all my life. Spring is just that little bit worse than the rest of the year. I had a full allergy test done a few years back and the doctor basically said "Congratulations. You are officially allergic to everything for which I can test. Some of your reactions are moderate. Most are severe. A few are off the chart."

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