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The Pollen Comes A Callin’

THIS IS 2 DAYS WORTH OF POLLEN

THIS IS 2 DAYS WORTH OF POLLEN

I have asthma and allergies.  Since I possessed both, I figured I would do the smart thing and move to the worst state in the nation for allergies; North Carolina.  I think there is a 2 week window in the month of January where allergy sufferers get a reprieve from the onslaught, that’s it.  For the other 11 1/2 months of the year, you pray that your pills are working and that you can remember where you put your rescue inhaler.  The pollen count scale goes to 100.  Yesterday, the tree pollen count in my county was 149.  On Tuesday, it was 153-the highest they had ever recorded.  Walking out in that as an asthmatic would be like someone with a peanut allergy eating a 32oz jar of Peter Pan Chunky Peanut Butter.  On top of that, I finished my allergy shots back in January.  I had been getting allergy shots once a week for the last 7 years.  They weaned me off of them like a heroin addict with methadone.  The funny thing is, though; that I hadn’t even noticed the pollen.  Well, except for the 13 metric tons that I’ve brushed off of the car this week.

ONE DAY AFTER BEING WIPED CLEAN

ONE DAY AFTER BEING WIPED CLEAN

Since I was doing so well with the pollen, I thought I’d live on the wild side and tackle a project that required contact cement, stain and varnish; 3 things that aren’t exactly friendly to your lungs.  AND, I would do it all without a respirator, I’d only use one of those little white surgical masks.  DANGER SEEKER!  Well, some might say idiot, I don’t know, but the point is; I’ve been completely unscathed by this pollen storm.  I took a couple of pictures of our van and our patio table to give you an idea of the dusting we’ve received.  I have to admit, I’m feeling a little cocky-I’m thinking of lighting some leaves on fire just to see how far I can take this.  Of course, now that I’ve written this, karma will bite me in the butt and send pollen spores the size of those things in The Langoliers to teach me a lesson.  Until then, I’m going to enjoy my first pain free allergy season in a decade.  Now, where’s my rescue inhaler?

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  1. Tom

    I used to have huge problems with pollen and allergens in Sacramento when I was growing up. May meant suffering from asthma. They went hand in hand. I remember huge clouds of pollen wafting through the air in the spring, from the pine trees and Scotch Broom that was planted everywhere. Not to mention the Privets and Oleander. Makes my nose itch just to think about it.

    (NukeDad) We had Mulberry’s in El Paso. You could sit there and watch the pods explode; it was like seeing the smoke from a forest fire coming at you. They outlawed them.

    Tom´s last blog ..TGIM My ComLuv Profile

    Apr 08, 2010 @ 11:52 am


  2. Tara R.

    Our driveway is at least a third yellow from pollen. The only reason the whole pad isn’t coated is because the cars take on the other 2/3rds. It’s like chalk dust.

    (NukeDad) We’ve got chalk dust too; NukeGirl spent the last 10 days going all Jackson Pollock on the driveway.

    Tara R.´s last blog ..Morning juice… My ComLuv Profile

    Apr 08, 2010 @ 1:15 pm


  3. Melisa

    Yikes. Just don’t go for a jog; you might not make it back!

    (NukeDad) What’s a jog? (ha, ha) Not much chance of that happening anytime soon-even if I wanted to. No cartilage in the knees, and an ACL on loan.

    Melisa´s last blog ..Lunch Date. My ComLuv Profile

    Apr 08, 2010 @ 3:44 pm


  4. WeaselMomma

    So glad that the allergy shots seemed to be working.
    Now instead of just writing in it with your finger you should do an entire video or artwork with pollen. You know, like those people who do sand art to music.

    (NukeDad) I would, but my preferred medium is play-doh and I don’t think NukeGirl would be too happy with me if I used it all up.

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    Apr 09, 2010 @ 4:51 am


  5. Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups

    Our area (NE Georgia) recorded its second highest pollen count ever this week. My kid’s nose and lungs have staged a major revolt.

    (NukeDad) I’m amazed that I’ve gone this long without a bad reaction to all of it. We’re supposed to have some rain in the next day or two, should help the situation.

    Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups´s last blog ..Very Punny My ComLuv Profile

    Apr 09, 2010 @ 9:52 am


  6. Mike

    This is the time of year that I knock on wood and thank the lords that I’m not of the allergy genre. BTW I wrote an article recently on fighting allergies

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2847154/seasonal_allergies_cures_7_helpful.html?cat=5

    (NukeDad) Thanks Mike, we’ll check it out.

    Mike´s last blog ..A Day in the Life… My ComLuv Profile

    Apr 09, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

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