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Walking outside in the pollen--no reaction--yay!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Feeling so thankful and happy that my allergies/asthma are under control. Yesterday we were visiting our kids in Ohio and sat outside for 2 hours at our grandson's soccer game. It's the height of pollen season there, and I didn't have a single wheeze, sneeze, or any other reaction. A year of allergy shots have helped a lot!!

Just one year ago---in April when everything is blooming in Michigan, I went on a 2 mile walk. Came home and found it difficult to draw a breath. Called my DH and said I was driving to the doctor and could he meet me there? Doctor gave me oxygen up the nose and 2 breathing treatments through my mouth, but the airways kept shutting down further. Finally she said I had to get to an ER and she called for an ambulance. (First time ever in an ambulance.) Lots of steroid injections later, I finally got out of the hospital with instructions to see a lung specialist. Turns out I'm severely allergic (not just mildly allergic) to 22 different trees, pollens and grasses. That seemed to just pop up out of the blue, though I've always had mild sneezing and watery eyes every spring and fall. So……I've been on an anti-inflammatory diet (lots of green veggies, and very little sugar or anything that turns quickly into sugar (pasta, rice, bread.) And allergy shots.

A year later…..what a relief. Just got back from that same 2 mile walk. Took my inhaler and epi-pen just in case. But…..not needed! Whew!!!
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  • no profile photo CD10954048
    HOLY COW!!

    how scary. I am glad they got you the help you needed and it hasnt happened again.
    2456 days ago
    Awesome! It is wonderful to not worry about breathing!
    2456 days ago
    I'm glad to hear you can enjoy the outdoors again!
    2456 days ago
  • DEB62BIE62
    So glad you didn't have the allergy attacks. We were around a great group of guys that are wood carvers with chain saws, and they were carving a cedar tree. I got a sore throat then a lot of congestion. I think it was breathing in all of the cedar dust. Not fun.
    2456 days ago
  • JANET552
    Wow!! I am so happy for you and a bit jealous. It is crazy how allergies pop up suddenly. I have had problems for many years but this year is just terrible despite the meds I'm on. Good to know there is hope!
    2456 days ago
    I've been waiting for this progress report; what great news!! Enjoy the Spring!!

    2456 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    PTL I am so thankful and glad that you finally have relief. That is scary for sure. My FIL just died of COPD (never smoked a day in his life) and it has made me SO aware of what we breathe!

    2456 days ago
    Glad that you're doing so well. It's a happy thing when you can get ahead of the allergy season. Glad that you got to enjoy your weekend and your walk. Bright blessings to you my friend.
    2456 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13970786
    That is great news, Beth! I am so happy that the shots have really helped and you can enjoy the great outdoors! Amazing!

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    2456 days ago
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