Living With Allergies – It’s All Around Me!
Living With Allergies – I Can’t Escape It
Can You Relate to Living with Allergies?
How would it be to live in a world where nothing made you sick? That would truly be amazing. Unfortunately, we don’t. For me, learning I have severe allergies, has been quite the experience. After feeling poorly for sometime, I felt I needed to go get allergy tested. I found out that I was allergic to almost everything! So now I learn that I will be living with allergies.
Always Feeling Poorly
I was constantly congested, had sneezing episodes, would break out in hives. I was just plain miserable. So last June I made an appointment with my local allergy office. I was tested for seasonal triggers, animals and food. When the nurse says you are the worst case she has seen all day, you know it’s about to get real.
I had a feeling going into the appoitment that I might have a few small allergies here and there. Oh my goodness, was I surprised with the results. I have severe allergies to ALL but one tree, (really? come on!) all weeds, and grasses. To top it off, severe allergies to cats and dogs! What? We have two small dogs in our home. Luckily, I’m not allergic to any foods.
Time To Make Some Changes
After the Dr. and I figured out a plan of action for myself, my homework began. I had to learn about living with allergies. For starters, I had to let my son, take over mowing the grass. You might wonder why that was a hard thing for me. I have always enjoyed mowing the grass. The instant gratification of the freshly mowed lawn. But, it wasn’t worth the hours of sneezing and being unable to breathe afterwards.
My husband went and bought two air purifiers for our home. I have one in our master bedroom and one in the living room. They run 24/7. No more leaving the house windows open. Also, no more hanging my clothes outside to dry. I couldn’t get rid of our dogs, I just couldn’t. Our Yorkie doesn’t bother me. But our little chihuahua/dachshund, will make me break out in hives. Therefore I have learned to not touch and hold her.
I am such an outdoors lover that it was hard for me to imagine being allergic to pretty much everything outside. As a family we enjoy camping and taking fishing trips. Taking sunday hikes up the canyon. I will still continue to enjoy these things but on a much smaller scale.
Don’t Give Up
Like with any obstacles that we are faced with in life we can choose to throw in the towel and take the easy way out and just let them consume us. Or we can hit them head on and put them in their place. I still find myself having to rethink how I go about my daily activities while living with allergies, but that’s okay, because I could have it a lot worse.
I know there are others that are dealing with far harder challenges and sicknesses than allergies. The point behind this blog post isn’t to compare ones challenges to others. It is simply to show, that sometimes we have to go about things differently than we are used to.