Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bad allergy weekend

Big apologies for not posting in so long.  I really suck at this!  I had a pretty bad allergy experience this weekend which I will explain below.  I also had a few dreams since my last post involving my allergies, but I can't remember them anymore other than in one many people were very curious about/concerned about me and blowing my nose.

The bad allergy weekend - Allison and I went with some friends to stay at a cabin and my allergies were horrible the whole time.  Something about the cabin (no idea what) set off my allergies badly, and outside ragweed and probably other things bothered me too.  I didn't want to ruin the weekend/make Allison leave so I suffered through it.  I couldn't really do much, and so people would check-up on me from time to time.  I had one of the longest sneezing fits I think I have ever had.  One of our friends was there for it and he said he thinks it was 147 sneezes long.  Anyway, I am home now but still feeling pretty allergically miserable.

 Here is a little Q+A:

 Q: YOu wrote a while ago that paper products bother you. So do you mean that you can't touch paper or it makes you sneeze? How do you avoid these things because they are everywhere? Is is a strong reaction? 
A: Touching things dosen't bother me.  Mostly its any paper dust I think makes my nose react.  Something about newsprint seems to set my allergies off a bit too.  Its strong enough to be noticable, but not as bad as say pollen or animal dander, etc.

Q: Now that you're years older since you started this blog, do you still have issues with colleagues making comments about your allergies? If so ,can you give some examples?
A: Not much of a problem, especially compared to HS and undergrad.  I'll more get comments at some public places - like all my sneezing is seen as disruptive at the movies, I'll get weird reactions on mass transit, etc.  At work people I think are pretty used to it.  Sometimes someone might say 'there she goes again'  or ' I wonder how long til she stops sneezing'  but that's about it.  
Q: You said before that someone you knew somehow sabotaged you/your allergies before you were going to meet up with a guy I was interested in, and your allergies got so bad that it screwed it all up. What happened that day, can you describe the date?
A:
I might have made a prior blog post about it.  It was back in HS when I was still trying to like guys (I thought I was Bisexual for a time).  Someone who was jealous and wanted to date him I think somehow got pollen or something on my jacket without me knowing.  As the date when on I was sneezing a lot and my eyes got all watery and red, I kept having to wipe my nose and go off to the bathroom when my fits were going on.  It really interfered with the date and he seemed kind of turned off by it all.  We didn't go on a date again, although he never went out with the girl who did it to me as he had no interest in her - He didn't know anything about it and I didn't find out til after the fact anyway.

That is all I have for today.  I'll try to post a bit more often but its hard to remember to do.  I am always happy to chat online however.  Skype and google hangouts are the best ways to get in touch with me, or via e-mail.  sneezykate@hotmail.com should get you to me on any of those.

Thanks for sticking around to keep reading :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sorry for the wait!

I am sorry I have been so bad again at posting to my blog again.  Life gets busy and motivation gets low.

Tree pollen season has started, so my allergies have been starting to get worse.  Although the snowstorms have helped dip the pollen levels.  I just saw the following article.  I guess its not in my head that my allergies have been feeling worse each year:

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/3/14/17109336/allergies-climate-change-pollen

I had an allergy related dream a few weeks ago.  I just remember that my nose was running literally non-stop, and I had no tissues or anything to deal with it.  As people came by, they would pinch my nose closed and the runniness would stop, and then start back up again after they left.  If I tried to pinch my own nose it wouldn't work and I would have a sneezing fit.  Kinda weird, and its the only part i can remember.

I have a bit of Q+A:

Q: How many times do you sneeze in a row?
A: Depends on the time of year.  On average, less than 10 in the winter, can be over 20 at the height of allergy season.  That's average.  there is the rare occasion i will only sneeze a few times, and occasionally I sneeze non-stop for a long time, so now way to keep track of how many they are.  

Q: Does sneezing relieve pressure and make you feel better or make you feel worse?
A: It doesn't make me really feel any better, but it doesn't make me feel worse.  Mostly seems like it has no impact on how I feel, other than tiring me out and embarrassing me.

Q: Are allergies frustrating for you or are you used to them?
A: Both.  I am used to having them, but they are still very frustrating and I am used to having the frustration.

Q: Is it ever hard for you to fall asleep due to sneezing or allergies?

A: Plenty of times.  Sometimes during allergy season I will get very little sleep or even no sleep at night for days and will end up dozing off for a few mins randomly throughout the days.

Q: Do you ever stifle? 
A:  Not usually.  For some reason its hard for me to do.  When i can do it, it hurt my sinuses and usually ends up making me sneeze more in the end.


As always, feel free to contact me to chat.  sneezykate@hotmail.com for skype or e-mail is always best.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Miserable Day

I am in WA for the holidays.  I had to fly, and that usually is very bad on my sinuses.  I have a cold too, so it made it even worse this time.  I am also PMSing, so that makes everything just feel worse.  I took stuff to make me sleep but I kept waking up in so much pain - like my sinuses were going to make my head explode.  I'm still in so much pain its making me cry.  I don't know how well I will be able to sleep tonight, and I will probably need all of tomorrow to recover enough to feel normal-ish.  I wish I could just drill holes into my sinuses.

Here is a quick question, as I am trying to distract myself from how bad I feel.

Q: Do you track pollen counts? If so do you find consistency in when the number is high you are suffering more? And at what number do you know you are going to have a tough day? 
A: I kind of do.  I used to pay more attention to it.  Higher numbers does mean I will suffer more.  Even really low numbers will affect me though.  That combined with the fact that I usually can't change what I am doing on a particular day anyway, made me realize paying close attention to pollen counts doesn't help me much.

Sorry this post is so short.  Please contact/message me on skype/e-mail if you want - I might be in the need of company if I am not feeling like I am dying so much that I can't get online.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Catching up

Sorry again that it has been so long since I made a post.  Ragweed season ended, but it lasted long than usual because of how warm it was n October.  My allergies are a bit better now since I don't have pollen to deal with for a few months.  Now its mainly dust and molds i have to watch out for.  of course there is still all the other stuff I'm allergic to, but they arent as hard to avoid as pollens, dust, and molds.

A couple of days ago, someone pointed out to me there is a comic book series called 'Snotgirl'.  They said it reminded them of me.  I read some of it online and the story is kinda weird and the characters are very superficial and mean, but the main character has very bad allergies she tries to hide - that does remind me a bit of me, lol.  I think she often does a better job than me as she doesn't seem to sneeze that much, just snot and congestion.  Its a bit of an amusing read.

I do have a bit of Q to A:

Q: What has made this the worst it has ever been? 
A: Part of it was how long and warm the season was - so possibly more pollen than usual and for a longer time.  Sometimes I don't know if my allergies keep getting worse or if its just more pollen.

Q: Can you talk about a typical day with your allergies? Examples like, Is there a time of day that is worse than others, what do you feel when you wake up, how many times you think you may sneeze or blow your nose, taking OTC medication because symptoms are too much. 

A: I can't pinpoint any time of day that is always worse or always better.  It also depends on time of year, what allergens I might be being exposed to, etc.  I usually wake up with a sneezing fit and my eyes are all goopy and my nose is all snotty.  I usually sit in bed for a bit dealing with all that.  I sneeze tons, so its hard to keep track.  I usually can't blow my nose because my congestion is too bad.  Sometimes in the winter I can.    I on a number of medications, but prescription and OTC.  They don't help too much, except for benadryl  It really knocks me out though so I only use it if things are really bad, i can't sleep from my allergies, and I know I don't have much to do the next day - I don't know if it actually stops my allergies or if it just makes me sleep - I'll sleep from it and when it wears off ill be awake but really groggy and my allergies will be back.  I use sudafed pretty often as that can keep my sinus pressure from becoming pain much of the time.  

As always, please feel free to ask more questions, or contact/chat with me on e-mail or skype via sneezykate@hotmail.com

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Short - Post and Q+A

Ragweed is one of my worst allergies, and this ragweed season has been horrible for me.  I can't wait for it to end.  This is probably the worst it has ever been.  I have missed work a number of times, and I haven't really been able to go out and do anything fun.  Its been a lot of staying at home being an allergic mess.  My sleeping has been really crappy because of it too.  I'm tired and worn out all the time.

I have one Q to A:

Q: When you first started to realize you had allergies did you ever experiment on your own to confirm or just go to an allergist? 
A: It was going to the doctor where I found out I have allergies.  My parents thought I was getting a lot of colds, so they took me to the doctor, and she said I had allergies and she sent me to an allergist to get tested.  I have experimented on my own, as I sometimes would think "I can't be allergic to THAT!"  In the past I have also tested myself on things I wasn't sure about that either I knew I might be around when I went somewhere or it was something that someone I was dating liked.

If anyone wants to keep me company in my misery, as usual, skype and e-mail is sneezykate@hotmail.com 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Its been way too long

I am so sorry!  I kept thinking about making a post and I kept putting it aside. I still have a hard time figuring out what to post.

This summer has been a very bad allergy season for me, and ragweed season is starting soon.  Feel like my life since the spring has just been work and allergies.

I even had a dream related to allergies I wanted to share, but its been so long I forgot what it was!

I really just have one question to answer:

Q: Tell me about your most allergic day so far this year? What is a typical day for you like when your allergies are flared up? 

A:  On my most allergic days I am pretty much non-functional.  I have sneezing fits with not much break in between, I constantly feel like I am about to sneeze, my nose is very red and sore and itchy and tickly/tingly.  I am totally congested and can feel the pressure in my nose and sinuses.  My eyes are puffy and red and very watery and itchy.  My ears feel clogged and itchy, and I'm constantly dealing with snot coming out of my nostrils.  It makes it difficult to eat/sleep/do almost anything.  It all makes me pretty worn out and tired.

Sorry this is such a short one.  I am spending a lot of time this season just dealing with my allergies, so feel free to message/e-mail me to keep me company/give me something to do.  As usual sneezykate@hotmail.com for e-mail and skype.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sorry its been so long, some Q+A

I haven't posted in a while because I have been very busy, sorry about that.  This will be a short post.

This spring my allergies have been very bad.  I'm sneezing and snotting all over the place and my nose and eyes are always very itchy and swollen.

I had a weird allergy dream a few weeks ago, but I only remember 2 small parts.  I was in a group of people who had allergies.  They all had tissues and were blowing their noses but I didn't have any tissues.  They told me I had to stop sneezing to be able to use any tissues, but I couldn't stop from sneezing.  In another part, I was with a group of people again, and there was someone with me and my nose would run for a little bit, she'd wipe my nose with a really rough paper towel of some kind, then that would make me be about to start a sneezing fit and she'd put her finger under my nose until the feeling went away, then my nose would start to run for a bit, and that just kept repeating, and I just felt like I really needed to sneeze the whole time.

Q: How have you been?
A:
Allergies have been bad.  Otherwise pretty good

Q:Has this blog helped you at its original goal?

A: Not too much, maybe a little bit.

Q:What's your fav song/movie?
A: That's way too hard to say.  A recent movie I have been thinking about a lot is 'Arrival'

That's all for today.  Please contact me if you'd like with questions for my blog, or if you just want to chat.