reply to post by doesericsleep
Well, I have had plenty of ordinary coughs, colds, sinus infections, ear infections and so on during my life, but it has generally been, like, annual.
Once a year, maybe twice during a year, max. I am a healthy person. I work out 4-5 days a week, eat my veggies (in fact am a vegetarian, although I
also eat eggs and dairy), get to sleep by 9 pm on work nights because I have to wake up at 5 am on work days (I work a 4/10 schedule and am happily
off until Tuesday AND am not the on-call tonight so I am free to stay up late talking to you folks). I know a lot of people have seasonal allergies
here in the Zone (Arizona) - it was explained to me that the reason was because so many non-native plants have been brought in by East Coast folks
coming here, but I just can't buy that because before I moved here I lived in: (Born in) Falls Church, VA, upstate New York (as a baby, not sure how
long) Alabama (maybe a year, pre-school time frame), Columbus, OH, Colorado Springs, CO, Dayton, OH, Cincinnati, OH, then back to Colorado Springs,
and finally to The Valley (greater Phoenix area). I have been here since 1998. I only ever had allergy issues when I lived in Cincinnati, which I
was able to positively connect to the ragweed. The rest of my life, and all those other locations (my Dad was in the Air Force, so we moved around
every few years), I didn't have allergies. Even here, I have been here for what, 14 years now? I have only had this ongoing, chronic thing for the
past couple of years, but it is getting worse.
I do know that our Ozone is often high here, no idea if that plays into it, although I do get the itchy eyes and that, I have been told, is an ozone
All I know is that I am so sick of this and I can even deal with it until I can't breathe. When I find myself yawning constantly throughout the day
and I get home and still find myself yawning and gulping air, that is when I start to freak out. I might not even mind so much if the "cure" I have
been given so far, of the stupid inhaler (Albuterol) didn't make me shake so bad!
Ha! I am looking for help here, but I'm also ranting - sorry all! I just get very frustrated by this and have trouble taking it in stride. Like I
said, my family can't relate on this, so I'm looking for sympathy and input from the Interwebs. Who knows, maybe one of you will have experienced
the exact same thing and be able to help, if not, I'm certainly willing to check out the ideas you all throw at me! On days like today I am willing
to try anything. Someone gave me a very appealing suggestion via private message, so I am looking forward to trying that!