Okay guys, I’m still in a total allergy haze and my husband is going to divorce me if I don’t quit downplaying it. Truth be told: He and I are probably both wrong. My whole, “It’s just a few weeks a year! Why should I see an allergist for just a few weeks a year of misery!” is probably under reporting but his, “She’s miserable for months!” is probably being overly dramatic.
But – I do suffer early Spring. Never any other time of year really. I know people who suffer year-round and I always feel like THEY deserve to see the allergist, not me. But I’m miserable and maybe I don’t want to dread days outside next year. I spent Saturday and Sunday running and volunteering outside so I’ve just been swollen and sneezy and foggy due to the 14 different types of allergy medicines I’m taking.
Here’s what I’m trying to avoid: Taking anything (pills or shots) regularly just to avoid symptoms for this time of year. But, I would like to poll the crowd. What do you take for your allergies? I currently take Sudafed for the congestion headaches which works great but I can’t take too close to bed. I take cough medicine at bed because when I lay prone I start to cough. But that makes me hazy in the morning. Last night, I felt so terrible, I doubled up with cough medicine and Benadryl because I haven’t had a night of sleep lately where I didn’t get out of bed with sneezing fits.
Let me know your thoughts on Zyrtec, Claritin, Alegra. I thought previously that you had to take these every day for the entire season just to have them barely work but now I’m hearing differently. What kind of allergies do you have and how do you treat them?
Other than the allergies, I really had a great weekend. I volunteered as a split timer for a 5K on Saturday and then the Sunday morning No Runner Left Behind trail group I lead organized after our run to help replace signs and sign posts inside the park we run in. It was really nice and fun and I’m glad I’ve found a few times this season to give back to the trails I love to run on. The weather was great, I kept my eating healthy without counting even one calorie! I got caught up on some stuff for some volunteer gigs I do.
I just need to work out the allergy issues. Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.