I’ve seldom had an allergy spring as bad as this one, but this week has been a doozy. From late in the evening until morning, I’ve been reacting to something terribly—only now it’s nearly constant.
This started a few nights ago when I woke up having an allergy-triggered asthma attack. That doesn’t happen if I’m on Singulair—it seems to break that link—but I haven’t taken it for years because it’s too expensive, it’s a steroid that I seldom actually need, and although it’s supposedly available as a generic, the last time I checked you couldn’t get the generic except overseas and it was still just as expensive. So I took a Benadryl on top of my regular antihistamine (Zyrtec), and eventually that calmed down.
For a few nights since I’ve been taking Benadryl just before bed. Last night, I also took one four hours before, because I was reacting to something early. And this morning I woke up with my throat still itching, eyes still watering, and I’ve been useless most of the day.
I have no idea what’s hitting me this hard; past years haven’t been this bad. The only thing that seems to coincide is that I’ve been noticing the lilac tree in our backyard has been increasingly in bloom. But today was supposedly a low pollen day, according to all the info I could find online.
My rant is twofold. First, I’m pissed off that there’s no good way to find a comprehensive list of what’s trending, pollen-wise, in a given area, or get raw scientific data on what the pollen counts are locally for different species. I know people research this; it isn’t as if the data doesn’t exist. It just isn’t out there to be found, as far as I can tell. The closest I can find is pollen.com, which tells me which three plants are producing the most pollen in my area, and nothing more of substance. Knowing more would help me deal with it. Shouldn’t there be a site somewhere with this information?
Second, I’m much more unhappy with the weather, which has been disgraceful. We had a few nice days in there, but it’s been raining since last night and now we’re right back down into ridiculously low temperatures. I haven’t yet been to the zoo. There’s a chance that one of the days next week will work out, but the forecast has been extremely volatile and there’s still way too much rain (and cold) involved in the surrounding days. Memorial Day is right after that, which as far as anyone is seriously concerned is the start of summer.
This freaking sucks. I have to deal with an itchy throat, itchy eyes, stuffed nose, difficulty breathing, and fatigue, but winter isn’t over yet. No joke—I had to turn the furnace back on today. Not helpful to the allergy situation, by the way.