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Spring Pollen Season – Day Forty-Six

Today, the pollen count is 9.9. It may as well be a 10.

I’m tired of being sick. I’m annoyed at this allergic body that overreacts to stuff that healthy humans can safely ignore.

If I end up taking Benadryl today (signs point to: YES) I’m considering pulling all the weeds out of the ground in the backyard.

Doing so will expose me to more allergens, but its not like I’m going to feel good today anyway… and there is something cathartic about killing the things that are slowly killing me by ripping them right out of the ground they are growing in.

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Spring Pollen Season – Day Forty-Five

Today, the pollen count is 10.4.

I managed to go outside to drive to Denny’s to pick up food and bring home and eat. There is something about being on a lot of Benadryl for several days in a row that makes Denny’s sound really good.

Don’t worry, I didn’t drive while on Benadryl. It had worn off by the time my husband and I decided to go get food. I take half a Benadryl at a time, and it generally lasts for about six hours.

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Spring Pollen Season – Day Forty-Four

I seem to have lost a day somehow. This is not unusual during Spring Pollen Season. Part of the reason is that I’m sleeping on a more random “schedule” than typical – which tends to make me lose track of the passing of time.

Being on a lot of Benadryl also enhances the feeling of “losing a day.”

I remember I participated in a podcast with my husband and a friend of ours.

I remember trying to write things for work, and not getting very far with that.

Anyway, that’s why this post is late.

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Spring Pollen Season – Day Forty-Three (Part 2)

So, I’m just going to go ahead and assume that the pollen count will NEVER go down low enough, for long enough, to make me feel better. This is my new “normal” and it sucks.

Took half a Benadryl before going to sleep at around 4:30 this morning. Woke up at almost 9. Assumed it was night, because I’ve been sleeping through the afternoon for days in a row and nearly took my antihistamine – which I’m supposed to take at 8:00 at NIGHT.

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Spring Pollen Season – Day Forty-Three

Still mostly nocturnal – trying to get writing work done before the sun comes up and makes the plants fill the air with pollen.

Still sleeping through most of the afternoon

Woke up with eye pain again. I have something I can take to make the pain go away. Would be better if the pollen count didn’t affect my allergies so badly – while I am sleeping – that I end up with eye pain.

I’m never quite right after waking up with eye pain.

Not sure if I’m tired of writing these little “captain’s log” posts about Spring Pollen Season 2017 – or if I’m just plain TIRED of pollen season itself.

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Spring Pollen Season – Day Forty-Two

Today’s pollen count is 10.1 – a very high number that probably is affecting people who don’t even have pollen allergies.

I started my day with half a Benadryl, which didn’t even touch my symptoms.

Fell asleep and woke up with eye pain – the WORST symptom I get during pollen season. Waking up with eye pain is exhausting because pain is exhausting and messes me up for the rest of the day.

The plan was to go grocery shopping today. Maybe I can try after the sun goes down? Signs point to “no”.

This needs to end. I think it would be mentally easier to cope with Spring Pollen Season if I knew, for certain, when it would end.

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Spring Pollen Season – Day Forty-One

The only way I’m getting work done is by sleeping most of the day and writing frantically after the sun has gone down.

When the pollen count hits 9 (or anything higher than that) I spend the entire time with itching eyes, sinuses on fire, and wheezing.

I’m struggling. There is no end in sight. One of these years, Spring Pollen Season is going to cause my death.

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Spring Pollen Season – Day Forty

We have had 83 days in 2017. About half of mine (40, to be exact) have been ruined by the pollen count.

I went outside today with my husband for about 15 minutes or so. I wasn’t recovered from the 9.9 pollen count from yesterday (when I had to go outside because I had a doctor’s appointment). I shouldn’t have gone outside today – or any day that is above a pollen count of 6.

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Spring Pollen Season – Day Thirty-Nine

This screenshot of today’s pollen count looks different from the ones I have included in previous Spring Pollen Season 2017 posts.

The reason is simple – I had a rheumatology appointment today, which meant I had to go outside on a day when the pollen count was 9.9. Obviously, this resulted in a long, long, nap when I got back home. I wasn’t able to take a screenshot until after Pollen.com moved on to the next day. Oops.

I haven’t felt right all day, physically, because I’m overloaded with pollen and inflammation due to my allergic reaction to pollen.

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Spring Pollen Season – Day Thirty-Eight

Today, the pollen count was a 7, which is lower than yesterday’s 7.2. I need it to be a 6 or below, for about two weeks straight, before I can recover from pollen season.

Our new cockatiel decided today was the day to move into the big cage with our flock of cockatiels. I’ve never seen a bird transition from “brand new to us” to “like he’s always been here” so fast. That went well!

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