May 20, 2009

Get Out the Tissues

I love warm weather. When the snow is gone and the days are longer I am much happier. But I dread one thing about spring and summer: allergies. I'm a long-time seasonal allergy sufferer and it appeafs at least some of my daughters are, too.
When I was in junior high and high school I spent my summers at camp, either as a camper, a counselor or an employee. After my first summer in the woods I knew I needed allergy medication. All through high school I gave myself allergy shots. Then in college (and beyond) I was busy and just never got around to following through with the appointments necessary for shots. I now self-medicate with over-the-counter drugs when necessary (Claritin-D) and that typically works. These last few days, though, I have been miserable. It's beyond hot, so we have the fans working over-time. Yes, as an allergy-sufferer I know it's better to run the air-conditioning, but if we turn it on now it's going to be on until the end of August or September. I'm holding out as long as possible.
So far it appears Roo and Tortilla have seasonal allergies. Last summer Roo constantly had a runny nose. This year Tortilla has "goopy" eyes when she wakes up. The pediatrician suggested an over-the-counter medication for them, but isn't on-board with allergy testing just yet. I'm doing what I can to keep them comfortable and if it's too windy I shut their bedroom window to keep potential allergens out.
If I had the money I would rip up all the carpet in our house and put in wood floors. Some day I think that will happen. For now, I'm just hoping for a good rain storm to keep some of the dust and dirt from flying around.

7 comments:

Kristi said...

Oh, man. We all have allergies, too. Craig's are the worst, though. Hang in there.

MaryAnne said...

allergies are never fun...

Quadmama said...

If I could just breathe I think it would be much easier!

SLColman said...

Allergies are just so not fun! I have to take two different prescription allergy medications daily. I hope you get that good rain to clear things up for a bit!

Quadmama said...

Supposedly a storm is coming tonight or tomorrow. I can only dream...

Catherine Agnes said...

Air purifiers (I use an Alen brand one) do wonders, but can be pricey as well...

Quadmama said...

Hmmm... never thought of that. Now you'll have me obsessed with figuring out how to fit one in our budget!

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