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Still Counting the Pollen

This year, I decided to document my struggle through the fall pollen season in the form of haiku. If you’re going to complain about your health – you might as well do it in a creative way.

I also wanted to share how bad my allergies were due to the fall pollen season and give people a glimpse into what it is like to be me. This year’s fall pollen season started August 9, 2016, and it continued through September 30, 2016. That’s a total of 53 days of being sick, in a row, with no end in sight.

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Saga of the Rising Pollen Count

In 2015, I suffered through the worst pollen seasons I’ve ever experienced.  The spring pollen season went away – and the fall pollen season started not long after that.

I knew I would be going through the same allergen induced agony again this year.  I believed it would be easier since I had lived through it before and kind of knew what to do to alleviate the worst symptoms.  You can probably tell from the “selfie” at the end of this blog that I was in a ton of pain by the end of August.

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Dandelion Monster

The photo at the top of this blog is of the “Dandelion Monster”. It was growing out of a planter that held a rose bush and that was located in the neighbor’s space. Homes sit rather close together in this mobile home park, and what started out as a little dandelion was able to grow into the monster you see in the photo.

I can’t really blame the neighbors for letting the Dandelion Monster edge closer, and closer, to my window. They are in the process of moving in. Shawn was able to slay the Dandelion Monster before it overtook our home, so everything turned out ok.

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Allergy Agony

There are times when my allergies are bothering me, and I don’t mention it (or write about it). There are also times when my severe allergies / chronic illness becomes overwhelming. I’m struggling to cope with the worst allergy season I’ve experienced in years and it is draining the life out of me.

Spring arrived here in sunny California in the middle of February. The pollen count started hitting 7 around then. A pollen count of 7 is considered “medium-high”, but it is enough to make me very sick. Since then, I’ve been dealing with pollen counts of 8, 9, and 10.

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Fighting With Flowers

Years ago, I started expressing my frustration in the form of haiku. It was a coping mechanism for when I worked in “retail hell”. Later, I discovered that Twitter is an excellent place to post haiku (especially after Twitter added line breaks). If you’re going to complain online, you may as well find a creative way to do it.

February turned out to be an unexpectedly difficult month from a physical health standpoint. Spring has started here in sunny California, and all the little flowers are spewing pollen into the air as hard as they can. The pollen count has been “medium-high” for days in a row, and that is high enough to make me sick.

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Complaining in the Form of Haiku

People use their Twitter accounts for a wide variety of things. I like to use mine to post the haiku that pops into my head as I go through my day. I’ve been rather sick lately (but I’m not dying, don’t worry). The result is I have several haiku that are about being sick. If you are going to complain about something, you might as well do it in a creative way!

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