There’s an ugly rumour going around that I have allergies.
Pshaw, I say. Poppycock. Rubbish! Slander, even!!
Ok, I used to have allergies. I used to be terribly allergic to dogs growing up.
And yet…my entire childhood, we always had a dog, and I’m glad we did. Not just any dog, either, but for the majority of my childhood we had a Great Pyrenees. Think German Shepherd size, maybe a little bigger. Think HAIRY. SUPER SUPER HAIRY. (Or just check the official AKC page I linked to right there. That’s what he looked like.) I just had to learn what I could and could not do; i.e. for the most part I had to avoid getting too up close and personal (think big puppy dog hugs, those were out), as well as small enclosed environment, such as car rides with the windows all rolled up.
However, as I grew older, my allergies become less and less pronounced, until finally, they were mostly an afterthought, especially after I quit smoking.
So a few years back (pre-quitting smoking), I had this allergy test thing done. I was having some issues with the dog I was living with at the time, so I wanted to rule out other stuff.
The result came back: HIGHLY ALLERGIC to Dogs, Cats and Grass.
Riiiiight. Whatevs, Mr. Allergy Dude.
Because the whole time I had dog allergies growing up and lived with the dog, I also lived with at least two cats. And I most certainly came in close proximity to them, often. (Much to their endless chagrin, I’m sure.) And I lived across the street from a pretty large park. And then, we moved to New Hampshire, which is at least 98.3% grass.
And now? I will occasionally have an evening where I can feel the scratchy throat, but other than that, nothing. I have my own dog, and live with two others, I have a cat, I mow my lawn.
Take that, allergies!
And seasonal allergies? I always felt bad for the poor chaps who were afflicted every spring, but not me. I always welcomed spring with open arms and nasal passages.
Until now. The past 36 hours or so have been pure misery.
So clearly there must be some fluke, right? Some strange occurrence that makes this pollen season different, or worse, or …freaky?
Theories aside, however…I’m getting cozy with a little thing called Loratadine, aka Claritin. Which, I’ve found out since my little outburst on twitter last night, takes a few days to kick in.
I wonder if hot toddies will speed the effectiveness of the drugs? Well, only one way to find out…