As much as love being outdoors and working in the yard, like many others, I fall victim to seasonal allergies. The thing is, I could handle seasonal allergies. Its the fact that “allergy season” seems to never end. It could be Spring, Summer, or Fall, and it doesn’t matter, I get allergies. The allergies are primarily due to pollen and and other airborne substances. Basically, my body is super protective of me and thinks this constant stream of airborne particles that I subject it to are evil beings coming to attack it. It confuses the particles as an attack on my body and goes into full protect mode. All the sneezing, wheezing, coughing, watery eyes and other symptoms are just my body trying to rid me of the “germs”. Because I’m constantly stuffed up have a bunch of other health issues.
One of the biggest issues, because it effects Karen almost more than it does me is that I snore. I mean I snore a lot! I tried a few different home remedies and nasal strips thinking that if I just had open nostrils I wouldn’t snore as much. Needless to say those didn’t work at all. So, instead I started searching online for the best products to stop snoring and found some great results. There are LOTS of devices on the market today and they each cost $50-$150 so I wanted to take some time and find the right one for me. I ended up trying the SnoreMD snoring mouthpiece and it has worked great for me! It to0k 2-3 days to get used to but now I sleep well, and more importantly so does my sweet, lovely bride!
So the SnoreMD is great, but if you know me at all you know that I didn’t just settle at that. Like everything else I do I went into full overkill mode! I also started a stop snoring exercise program that tightened the muscles in my throat and mouth and helped me to open up my air passage ways even more.
The other big side effect of my allergies is that I constantly have red, watery eyes. It makes wearing my contacts a challenge and also makes it look like I’m constantly stoned! I’m not, I promise!
I have yet to find a great solution to the eye redness. My primary physician has prescribed some medications, and my ophthalmologist did too but neither did a great job. They did help get rid of some of the itchiness but didn’t do much to get rid of the redness itself. I suppose they “did their job” because they got rid of the annoying and irritating feeling, but my eyes were still watery and red.
All that said I wouldn’t give up working in the yard for all the allergies in the world. There is nothing that brings me the same calm and peaceful feeling as well as sense of accomplishment and pride as working in my garden. I love working the soil and planting seeds, watering and nurturing young plants, pruning them so that they bloom in the right places. All of that is such a joy to see payoff that I’ll happily take a few allergies in return.
Thanks and until next time, Happy Gardening!