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!!!