8.15.2012

Allergies Suck

According to my doctor, this is the worst allergy season since 1946.

I believe it.

When I was pregnant with Kennedy, that was also a horrible allergy season. If you will remember, I had that wretched cough and fluid in my lungs for months!!

This year is taking its toll on me as well. It's been difficult to breathe normally but especially when I'm out exercising. I have an increasingly difficult time being able to get in air. Ten days ago I actually had a full on asthma attack. That's never happened to me before. I could not get air in. I called Cory in a panic and couldn't get any words out, I just wheezed and hung up on him. It was the most terrifying thing I've experienced in a while. I had to sit down and deeply concentrate on my lungs expanding to let in air. I really thought I was going to die. And I didn't even know why it happened.

Since then, when I've tried to exercise outdoors I've had a similar experience but not as bad. My chest would get tight and I'd struggle to get oxygen and I'd have to slow way down or even stop to catch my breath. And it would take a while. Something was not right.

I went to see my doctor. This man has seriously been such a life saver over the last six months. He says I have exercise induced "asthma" caused by the allergies in the air. Wonderful! He doesn't want to call it asthma since that would mean its a chronic issue, but it's the same symptoms and reactions, it's just caused by allergies instead of me having a constant problem. For now anyway. He gave me an inhaler and we'll have to see how it works. I'm praying it works. I can't take much more of this.

I sure wish the air would clean up and that we'd get some rain. The constant high 90 degree days have been awful to begin with, not to mention what they've done for allergy sufferers. But I have learned a great deal of patience through all this and I'm grateful for that.

If only we lived in Washington...

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