We are in the midst of red cedar pollen allergy season here. Of course the red cedar is not actually a cedar but a juniper, Juniperus virginiana to be precise.
I am terribly allergic to the pollen of these things. Not anaphylactic shock allergic but bad enough.
If that is not bad enough the newspaper reports that the pollen is going to last until the end of March.
I can't think of any good news about this really.
There was another article in the paper the other day in one of the Metro Sections. The writer said that if you were allergic to red cedar pollen you should not live in Oklahoma. She said she had tried every remedy she could find to no avail.
I do understand the sentiment.
I think I've tried most remedy. Right now I am trying Zyrtec-D© along with Alavert© and some stuff called Chloraseptic™ Allergen Block gel. I also have NasalCrom© and Zicam Allergy swabs. These are the ones that seemed to help. The others I've already discarded entirely.
Then I have Benadryl® which is about the only thing that actually works all the time but makes me sleepy as all get out and makes me feel drugged after I finally wake up.
Now the Zyrtec-D© has pseudoephedrine hydrochloride in it as well as the cetirizine hydrochloride. The pseudoephedrine content requires me to give my driver's license and signature in order to get it. Also someone will become suspicious if I buy a whole bunch of it.
The pseudoepedrine makes my heart race some and kind of fires me up. At the same time it kind of makes me feel heavy with sleepiness across my brow. I've heard some people say they like that feeling but I'd just as soon not experience it.
I am carrying around my epi pens just in case, too.
It is funny how the pollen makes me feel. I am not always bothered by it. It comes in waves and it varies by geography. Even where I am sitting in the house makes a difference.
We cut down all the cedar trees over at the farm except one. That sucker will be gone as soon as I can arrange it's removal. It would be gone already except the guy that's going to do it suffers from the same allergy.
But out here at Judy's place the things are everywhere even though they are pretty far away.
I view them as the enemy and shout out at them when I am driving by and see them. Well, only when I am alone.
I have another season of allergies that begins in late April and lasts through a good portion of May. I don't know what it is.