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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Major Allergy Attack! (And Open Thread)

I haven't had such a terrible allergy attack for decades!  Even Claritin provides little relief.

I've been suffering for over a week.

When I feel better, I will return to my usual blogging schedule.

Meanwhile, commenters may treat this post as an open thread.

Note: Sam has a post queued up for Thursday, April 18.


  1. Right there with you. It's the trees! The cold spring has imposed a delay on the hardwoods that usually flower in sequence. This year they're all coming at once.

  2. The Heart ask pleasure first --
    And the excuse from Pain
    And then those little anodynes
    That deaden Suffering.

    And then to go to sleep --
    And then, if it should be
    The Will of its Inquisitor --
    The liberty to die.

    ~ Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

    We are so sorry you are suffering, but certainly hope you don't feel as bad as Emily must have when she wrote that brief examination of the agony that sometimes possessed her sensitive soul.

    Try to remember these words of St. Teresa. They help to alleviate the distress we feel at every perplexing, unwanted, unjust, unbidden situation:

    Let nothing disturb thee --
    Nothing affright thee.

    All things are passing
    Patient endurance
    Attaineth to all things.

    In whom God pleaseth
    In nothing is lacking.

    Alone God sufficeth.

    All the best ...

  3. FT,
    I'm not wishing for The liberty to die.


    But all this sneezing can't be good for my ticker.

  4. Viburnum,
    Usually, tree pollen doesn't bother me.

    Grass pollen is my nemesis, and I suspect that the grasses stared pollinating at the same time as the trees.

  5. Nutjob: "Former Dem Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Says Government Carried Out Boston Terror Attack."

  6. May God grant me the serenity
    To accept the things i cannot change
    The power to change what I can --
    And the wisdom to know the difference.

    Serenity -- i.e. ACCEPTANCE -- eases suffering, and must, perforce, be good for our hearts.

  7. I am so grateful that -- so far -- no one from any of numerous factions has attempted to gain political leverage from this horrific event.

    I take that as a healthy sign.

    We seem united in grief for the victims, which is far better than being polarized in pursuit of some perceived "enemy" to blame.

    If there could be anything good to come from this dreadful thing, that just might be it.

    If nothing else, at least it has acted as a wake-up call to renewed awareness of our common humanity.

  8. I checked the links, AOW, CBS failed to identify WHO was being investigated -- of course -- and the list of names living in that apartment building certainly shows a broad spectrum of ethnicities.

    Perhaps Ducky or Shaw my stop by and tell us if Revere has developed any special reputation for harboring radical seditionists of any stripe? I certainly have no idea.

    Interesting -- and possibly a good sign -- that "no one has claimed responsibility" as yet. That would at least indicate this dastardly deed was NOT politically motivated.

    Cold comfort, I know.

  9. Hang in there, AOW.

    I rarely have allergy attacks but I do remember two years ago when the tree pollen was so bad I was miserable for two or three days.

    It passes.

  10. FT, Revere is one town over from me.

    Tough town and pretty diverse. If its the building I think on Shore Drive it's a modestly upscale address.

    The police did pull a lot of stuff from the apartment. No statements yet.

  11. The jihad forums, thus far, are quiet; that is, nobody there is claiming credit for the attack yesterday.

  12. Duck,
    This allergy misery has been ongoing for over a week now. No worse, but no better either.

    Maybe I'll switch medications. I'd have switched off from Claritin on my last trip to the pharmacy except that all the other OTC meds were already gone.

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  14. Someone calling itself "Hedda Hayer" left this link at my blog:


    I checked it out, and it's an interesting compilation of 10 opinions an obviously leftist site considers outrageous and disgusting responses to the new Boston Massacre. Most I agree with.

    Take a look, and see what you think.

  15. Very high allergy levels here in sunny Southern California too. Everyone's complaining, we're having an early spring and the trees have all bloomed already, while lots of other stuff is just getting on a good roll. I'm congested, was thinking to myself this morning how unhappy my lungs are. Violent sneezing, too.

    Ahh, Spring.

  16. AOW,

    In case you haven't tried it NASONEX works good for me. I'm allergic all sorts of airborne stuff.

  17. I feel your pain. I have allergies, but since my hospitalization, any sneeze or cough is looked upon as a relapse. I know they mean well, but that gets annoying after a while.

    Just be glad you don't live in Florida or it would be worse :-)

    Hope you feel better soon.

  18. Have you tried Allegra? Wal-Mart has their store version which is cheaper, and is exactly the same ingredient. Seems to work for me with no side affects.

    Right Truth

  19. My allergies hit so hard yesterday that I had to just take benadryl and go to bed. Feel better, AOW!

  20. fyi - Public order in Venezuela is breaking down...

  21. Today I have felt marginally better (fewer sneezing fits), but I'm still not fit company.

    On the advice of a fellow blogger, I have ordered Sinus Rinse from Amazon, and the rinse should arrive on Friday. The stores have almost nothing on the allergy-sinus shelves.

    Meanwhile, I trying to tough out this siege.

  22. Oh gosh, AOW, you are NOT alone. I was actually telling my friends to "shoot me, shoot me now!"

    I had never been so miserable. I was Zyrtec, Flonase, Sudafed and Motrin for the pain it was causing in my jaws.

    I am finally getting over it. It is miserable as hell.

    My prayers are with you!! I hope you are getting better.

  23. Leticia,
    You, too?

    The misery here continues. However, Sinus Rinse arrived yesterday from Amazon -- store shelves are empty of cold and allergy OTC's. I've used the rinse once and have gotten some relief.

  24. Zyrtec worked better for me than Claritan. You can get a generic version at Wal Mart for less.

  25. Mike,
    I was trying to find Zyrtek. The store was sold out, and I was too ill at that time to go to another store. **sigh**


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