Ever Onwards

The allergy season marches onwards while I remain hunkered down inside waiting for my chance to spring forth and begin my garden in a few more weeks.

The alders above our tent have not fully started pollinating yet, though they are no more than two weeks away from turning our camp yellow with pollen. For the first and only time each year, I find myself hoping more for rain instead of sunshine as the rain cleans the air and brings a few moments peace with it.

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<strong>Enjoy the cute puppy photos this week!</strong>

I have had a few people ask me what I do during this time of season. The more conventional stuff sees me taking nearly double my normal prescription antihistamine, 2-3x's a day over the counter allergy eye drops, and I wear a face mask to filter pollens 24 hours a day when not eating or showering.

I also add in approximately 18-25,000 mg of Vitamin C taken in 1-2,000 mg doses through the day. The C helps more than any one other thing for me. It varies what form of C I take at different times of the day, but each one gets taken at least twice a day. Sometimes I take a buffered powdered form, occasionally one mixed with some quercetin, but mostly just a cheap C with few extra ingredients.

A little meditation each day to help keep my body and mind in a calmer state also helps keep the stress of this season much lower. This is new for me this year as I had not started meditating until this last fall.

Lastly, I make sure to rinse out my nose at least once a day and preferably before breakfast in the morning. I've found doing it earlier helps keep my symptoms more calm throughout the day as opposed to doing it the once at night.

<img src="http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/1987/cutepuppyface1.jpg" alt="cute puppy 2" />

I am finding this spring season to be a little easier than the last few have been. Though it is possible it is a lighter pollen count this year, I think more likely is the fact of many diet and supplement changes having helped my body to heal more prior to allergy season beginning. Either way, I am happy my allergies are a little better than normal this year.

These are the things I do specifically for my allergies. I also have trouble every spring with my lymph stagnating more than normal which causes a great deal of pain. The pain begins first behind and under my ears then spreads throughout my body. Very little has helped in the past and the size of pain can only be described by saying all I can do when it hits is lie on my side and quietly cry. Pain killers do nothing for it and I have had to wait till it passed on its own.

This year I found some really good exercises to help keep the lymph moving and they take very little energy to do. The difference is astounding. I must remember to do them at least once a day (which can sometimes be harder than it sounds) but usually the pain starting will remind me if I have so far forgotten that day.

Only once did I have any significant amount of pain from the lymph nodes behind my ear this season, an even more welcome change than the lessened allergies thus far.

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We have some stormy weather moving in for the next week or so, a blessed event which I am looking forwards to. With everything extra I must take to keep my symptoms tolerable right now, it has me even more foggy than normal. Some rain should allow me to slow down on the supplements I must take and possibly clear my head for a few days.

Posts will still be sporadic for a few more weeks. A big thank you to everyone who has offered me support during this time and let me know you were looking forwards to the next post here.

Comments

Glad to hear your symptoms are a little better this pollen season, Lisa.

Any improvement makes a difference.

I have to hold my breath when walking past the jasmine on the fence in our back lane when I used to walk to work, but that was only for 2-3 weeks when the jasmine flowers were in full bloom. Even so, an instant headache & sinus pain would remind me every time, that I should walk the long way round down the main road, but then exhaust fumes from the busy traffic would envelope me.

I can't imagine how you last through a whole season of those symptoms - sounds terrible.

Spring is on the way, & hopefully the excitment & pleasure of planting seeds & watching new leaves unfurl, will bring you some relief.

I just love spring. It's so revitalising.
 
I'm anxious every year for the rains to stop so the molds will finally die down, and am surprised when the tree pollens take their place. I'm still trying to find the right help for my allergies and sensitivities and the way out of the misery they inflict.

Thanks Lisa for sharing your story. I always enjoy reading your posts and am amazed by your resilience and hopefulness.
 

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