Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hit by a Bus

After a long cold winter (well cold by California standards anyway), I'm more than just a little excited for spring to get here.

The flip flops come out, the jackets get stored and legs see the light of day again.

However there is one thing about Spring I could definitely do without. Allergies...

I never used to be an Allergy sufferer. Then one day, Bam! They were here. The sneezing, the coughing, the grogginess. I have it all. At night time when I'm trying to read my eyes will literally start running and not stop until I close them.

I guess it’s the girl in me, but all of this stuff I could deal with, as unpleasant as it is. But the one thing that really ruffles my feathers is the fact that I just look terrible. Every morning recently I wake up and look in the mirror with shock and horror. I seriously look like I've been hit by a bus or something.

My eyes are all red and swollen, my skin is pale (ok well that's not new, but it seems to be magnified now), and my nose is leaking like a faucet. The other day I put Visine in my eyes, and then like 10 min later they were all red again. I put another drop in each eye, and again they were red within a few minutes.

It doesn't matter how much sleep I get. It doesn't matter how much make up I put on. The other morning as I was attempting to look half way decent I heard Robbie get up, get ready and be out the door before I was even done primping. And I still looked like I had been out for an all nighter of hard partying rather than in bed by 10:30pm!

If any fellow allergy sufferers out there have some words of wisdom I'm all ears. I can take Claratin for the internal symptoms, but the external ones seem to be harder to shed.

Maybe there is a magic remedy I haven't discovered? Or am I doomed to look like this for the next 3 months...


Heather and Spencer said...

I would like to say I feel bad for you, but I don't. At least you can take drugs for it...ever since I got pregnant, and now that I am nursing, I cant even take any drugs! Welcome to my World! Good Luck!

Jennifer Knight said...

Singulair is great if you have good Rx coverage. Zyrtec works way better for me than Claritin, and you can get a year's worth (as in, 300 tablets or so) at Costco for about $16. Flonase is also great for the nasal and eye symptoms.

I never had a problem with allergies in Cali, but since I've been in NC it's been a nightmare.