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Hypersensitive Me

March 17, 2012

Yeah, right

2012 — hereby dubbed The Year of the Draggin’ — has sucked so far. Beset by one health drawback after another, I’ve really found it difficult getting my new garden plan underway. I just haven’t felt up to it, using my weekends instead for laying low, chilling out, and getting better … The worse part about all this is that posting on this blog has been affected.  An avid blog-reader myself, I hate when my favorite bloggers post only sporadically. Well, this week’s issue began last weekend, ironically  just when I finally felt like I was getting my oomph back after working both days in the garden. It began with a dry tickle; then became a full-on cough; progressed straight to an annoying hack, and then, by Wednesday, became an unrelenting lung-rattling bark. Checked out of work, saw my doctor. After three hours, and exams and tests for both pneumonia and asthma, was told I had allergies so severe both ears and sinuses were involved and as a bonus I had bronchitis. I’ve always had allergies but nothing this bad, something my doc attributes to the whimsical weather conditions this winter. Makes sense to me; since last Christmas we’ve had nothing but climactic mood swingin’. The solution: 9 new meds of various types, some prescription, some OTC, none of them free. Helpfully, a handout and advice for dealing with the problem was gratis, but what advice! …

Because allergies are, by definition, a hypersensitivity to common environmental substances, it was suggested I do the following to prevent symptoms: use a mask and goggles while working in the garden, stay indoors during high-pollen seasons, keep away from dust and mold and — dun-DUN-dun — steer clear of furry or feathery pets! Well, just reading these guidelines was cough provoking … When gardening I hate wearing gloves, even while rasslin’ with the prickliest of succulents; the idea of a mask and goggles is cause for eye-rolling And, how could I possibly spurn the tail-wigglin’ advances of our furry apple-headed familiars, Frito and Inky?!  I’m feeling better (finally) and the cough’s tapering off; last night I almost slept through … so, I promise to take the pills, use the inhaler and spray the nasal mist, but all bets are off as far as the other tactics go. I also pledge to try and post more … RR’s never had more followers or daily readers (many of them international!) and I thank you all for being there even when I haven’t.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Victoria permalink
    March 17, 2012 2:45 am

    I was wondering just last night where you were. Glad to hear you’re doing better and back to posting, yay!! Nice hazmat suit too!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 17, 2012 3:08 am

      Thanks, Victoria, I hesitated detailing this latest issue, hearing about people’s health issues can be such a bore… Thanks for reading!

  2. March 17, 2012 2:47 am

    Hey Reuben, I had the same problem, I couldn’t get well and it lasted so long, but now I have healed, it will go away, it takes some time, but I don’t use the inhalers anymore and I am back to normal. For me it was about 6-8 weeks of hell, I thought that I would never recover completely and that i would have asthma forever. Now I don’t have a cough, but I haven’t worked in the yard recently because I have been in N.Y. with a dying friend. We are alive, you will be well and Ruth and I will come to visit you and Paul. You are the best, believe me you will recover, you don’t have to be the boy in the bubble. love Johanna Went

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 17, 2012 3:10 am

      Johanna, I’m sorry to hear about your friend, but she must be so happy you’re there with her … thanks for the reassurance, I’m so sick of being sick and just want to get on with it. It’s nice to know there’s light at the end of this tunnel!

  3. March 17, 2012 8:16 pm

    Inky and Frito want a second opinion!
    (glad you’re on the mend.)

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 17, 2012 8:46 pm

      Thanks, Denise! The poochies do seem confused by their sudden barring from the sleeping quarters …

  4. March 18, 2012 3:12 am

    There are a couple of natural healing tricks you can do too to supplement the meds. Try drinking a daily cup of chamomile tea. You can add some raw, unheated, unfiltered honey to this for some extra comfort. Also, try drinking a spoonful of apple cider vinegar in a mug of hot water with a teaspoon of raw, unheated, unfiltered honey first thing in the morning. Raw unheated honey has anti-allergenic properties, and I have read that chamomile does too. Apple cider vinegar is just very cleansing for the body.

    Sorry to hear you are feeling down. I understand that it is hard to keep up with writing sometimes. I am putting good thoughts out for you! I think just make sure to be patient with your own self and your healing process. Peace ❤

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 18, 2012 3:32 am

      Nisha, thanks for such a sweet message … I’m going to try these remedies

  5. Vickie Perez permalink
    March 18, 2012 4:58 am

    I am so glad to know that the mystery has been solved and that you’re on the mend. I know the frustration of being miserable and trying to find out what is wrong. I know that you’ll listen to your body and will try not to overdue as you begin to come back into your “normal garden creating self”. I’m sure that all of your many friends are like me in that we cannot wait to see what you are brewing up. I’m sure that Paul is watching over you and trying will you into health. Hope to see you both soon.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 18, 2012 5:01 am

      Thanks for such an understanding message, Vickie… being sick sucks and being sick continually really bites! Paul, of course, is very attentive (to the point of annoying me sometimes) so I’m in good hands … new stuff coming soon! We’d love to see you and Tom sometime soon; like when we’re both better!

  6. Daveintoronto permalink
    March 18, 2012 5:51 am

    Hang in there, my friend. Think clear thoughts, at least!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 18, 2012 5:57 am

      Good advice, Dave, hope all’s well with you!

  7. Rita Majkut permalink
    March 20, 2012 11:34 pm

    Loquat syrup is great for coughs, too. It won’t “cure” you, but it will make your throat feel better.
    I’ve been coughing up a storm myself this season. Very annoying!
    Hope you are back to square soon.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      March 21, 2012 12:37 am

      Thanks for the tip; I’ll be looking for loquat syrup next!

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