Since I was a kid, I have been allergic. I am allergic to everything that walks or talks or floats through the air. We didn’t have air conditioning, of course, when I was a kid. We didn’t need it in the woods of NW PA (though it’s hotter there now). But we did sleep with the windows open all night so I often woke with a solid dusting of pollen all over my body. Of course, that also meant I was sick pretty much all of the time. I went to an allergist in NY (the closest there was) and he wrote on my chart (which I still have) that I was “a most unusual and interesing case”. He also noted that, while in his office, “…I coughed until I threw up and then continued coughing.” Charming…so I have allergies to all sorts of foods and trees and everything, like I said…and they are bad.
When we lived in TN, there was something different. Very few things bothered me there. The trees in Nashville were, in many cases, very different from what we had in PA or here in WV. It was a pretty easy-going time allergy-wise for me. I just figured that all my brains had leaked out through my nose or that I had outgrown my allergies.
Fastforward a few years and we returned to live in WV. Allergies kicked my butt all over again. Folks think I am in a constant state of mourning as my eyes are always red. I must seem more emotional than a teenage girl! I am actually a bit like an older lady who keeps tissues up her sleeve. I can’t leave home without them. All that was the case until last year when I decided I couldn’t live like that (puberty and menopause at the same time was a drag!) I went to a local allergist and he confirmed that I am a most unusual and interesting case. I started allergy shots last year and have continued. So far I am still boy-like and not a miserable mess of histamine-reaction!
Today I have to go back to the doctor for my checkup. I am not sure what exactly goes down at an allergy checkup. I suppose he needs to make sure it is all working as planned. Whatever the case, I am happy to go back because it seems as if my allergies are under control with the shots I have been taking this past year! The best part is that every time I go to the allergist, I leave with a lollipop…without fail. I suppose they leave the candy out there for the kids, but I need encouragement to get my shots too!
Anyhow, do you folks have allergies? Do you take shots or have other remedies?