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.

You may want to read the beginning of the Saga of the Rising Pollen Count before jumping into this blog. It will give you the “big picture” of what fall pollen season does to me.

Pollen eight point nine
Eyes itching so bad it hurts
Wheezing and Sneezing

September 1, 2016

This week’s forecast is:
Dangerously high pollen
Not sure I’ll survive

September 1, 2016

Pollen nine point two
This is where things get scary
Cannot go outside

September 2, 2016

I needed a nap
Popping gun-like sounds from outside
Sleep not happening

September 2, 2016

Pollen: nine point five
The misery continues
Morale not improved

September 3, 2016

Pollen: Nine point four
Nothing will get done today
Nope. Not a thing

September 4, 2016

Pollen: eight point eight
Not as bad as nine, I guess
It feels the same, though

September 5, 2016

Took some Benadryl
And yet, I am still sneezing
Why? Pollen count: nine

September 6, 2016

I am drinking wine
Allergy meds aren’t working
This is how I cope

September 6, 2016

Nine point one today
A month straight of high pollen
Slept so much today

September 7, 2016

Pollen: eight point nine
Gonna try and sleep through this
I need this to end

September 8, 2016

Pollen: eight point four
And it’s very windy out
Another rough day

September 9, 2016

Went outside today
Came home sick and exhausted
Pollen season sucks

September 9, 2016

Pollen: eight point four
My sleep schedule’s all screwed up
Losing track of days

September 10, 2016

Pollen: eight point two
Slightly better than before
But needs improvement

September 11, 2016

Pollen: eight point two
Fighting sinusitis now
And bronchitis, too

September 12, 2016

Seven point six now
Pollen higher than seven
Makes me very sick

September 13, 2016

Starting to get chills
And then the furnace turned on
That worked out quite well

September 14, 2016

Pollen: six point eight
Is pollen season ending?
I really hope so

September 14, 2016

Seven point one day
It’s not my lucky number
Too much pollen still

September 15, 2016

Cleaned mold this morning
And am paying for it now
Really sick today

September 15, 2016

It was going down
Now going back up again
Damn pollen season

September 16, 2016

Seven point five day
Planned to go see an art show
Not sure I’ll make it

September 17, 2016

In case you were wondering, no, I did not make it to the art show.

Seven point five day
Forty-one days in a row
Of too high pollen

September 18, 2016

Seven point eight day
Too much pollen forever
Getting worse again

September 19, 2016

Woke up with eye pain
And swollen “allergy face”
Because of pollen

September 19, 2016

Seven point five day
And I have flu-like symptoms
From too much pollen

September 20, 2016

Seven point six day
My sinuses are on fire
Not getting better

September 21, 2016

Super windy out
Dust and pollen blown around
Allergen filled air

September 21, 2016

Seven point three day
It’s been forty-five days now
Of too much pollen

September 22, 2016

Pollen: six point four
Fall pollen season ending?
I really need that

September 23, 2016

Pollen: six point six
Nature’s trying to kill me
Increasing pollen

September 24, 2016

Seven point three day
100 degrees outside
I am suffering

September 25, 2016

Seven point there day
100 degrees outside
Horrible combo

September 26, 2016

Seven point one day
Had acupuncture today
Helped fight the pollen!

September 27, 2016

Seven day again
Pollen season needs to end
But it refuses

September 28, 2016

Six point nine day
I slept for fourteen hours
And still woke up sick

September 29, 2016

Pollen six point two
Hoping pollen season’s done
Recovery starts

September 30, 2016

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