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.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Updating, Weird Things, and Q+A

Just finished my first week at my research job.  I'm very happy.  Both to finally be finished with school, and to be able to start doing good stuff!

As I mentioned before, my congestion is always very bad.  I usually can not sniffle or blow my nose because of it.  In the winters however, I have times where my congestion is low enough that I can do those thing.  I'll tend to blow my nose way too much, which causes irritation, but its just so nice to be able to do it.  The other thing I do sometimes might be a bit gross.  Sometimes when I'm alone, I'll look in the mirror when I have snot hanging out of my nostrils.  I'll sniffle and most of it will come back up into my nostrils.  It will come back out eventually and I'll sniffle it up again, etc.  I just like that I am able to sniffle it back up like that.  Sorry if that's silly or gross.

Here is a bit of Q to A again:

Q: Is going to the dentist ever problematic?
A:  Luckily I have very good teeth.  I go once a year (or 2) or so for a check-up/cleaning and that's about it.  I of course do it outside of pollen season, and before I pick a dentist, I hang out in the waiting room/office for a while to see if anything starts to bother my allergies.

Q: Are there any foods you're allergic to? Are the symptoms the same as with scents and plants? 
A:  I'm allergic to dairy.  It makes my asthma much worse.  Asthma used to be a really big problem, but once we found the dairy issue, now its not a problem except sometimes when I'm sick.  I'll just get wheezy when my allergies are bad.  I can eat small amounts without a problem, but more than a mouthful of ice cream, or a few sips of milk, and then its a problem.  Other than that, I don't think so.  Some fruits and nuts might make my mouth a bit itchy at times, but I don't know if its a consistent thing.

Q:  Would you say your sneezes are loud or soft?
A:  On the softer side of normal I think.  If I sneezed just once or twice, it probably wouldn't be too noticeable

Q: You said in this post scents are causing you a reaction. Are these perfumes and colognes or candles and other things? 
A: Yes, those things.  I think pretty much any strong scent, but definitely perfumes, colognes, air fresheners, scented candles, etc.

Q: How do you get rid of dust in your home? Do you suck it up and clean it or does Allison do it?
A: She has a dust allergy too, but not as bad as mine.  We both tend to do it.

Q: I was wondering if things have changed for you in terms of mornings. A long time ago you wrote those were the worst, that you had to set aside a lot of time in the morning for your allergies. Is it still like that, every day since then? Do you ever find yourself needing to sleep over somewhere else where this gets extra difficult for you in the morning? 
A: Yes, its still pretty bad in the mornings.  When my allergies are bad and I'm having problems sleeping in general because of how bad they are, I'll try to sleep in another room as not keep waking up Allison.

Q: Why do you think the shower makes you sneeze? I was surprised to read that since typically flushing with water helps allergies. 
A: I have no idea.  Maybe the heat of the shower?

Q: How is your new job and the people there? 
A: Its only been one week so far, but I am enjoying it.

Q: You often say that you want to run away to a bathroom when you're having a sneezing fit in public. Wouldn't people also head you in there? I know plenty of people that would feel awkward with someone constantly sneezing in the stall next to them. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, I'm just wondering.
A: Its easier for me not to think about other people hearing me if I don't see them.  Its all the looking at me, focusing on me, etc.  that is the worst part.

I hope that answers the questions well.  As always, feel free to comment, or contact me directly.  I use skype the most now, but e-mailing works too.  I think both are sneezykate@hotmail.com

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Not just allergies

Its been a long time since last post.  I have been busy because I am getting ready to graduate in a bit over a week!  Then I'll have a break for about a month, then start my job at the lab I have been doing the internship.  Between that and not having any questions to answer and not much in the way of ideas for posts, well time got away from me.

My allergies have been getting a bit better, but still kinda bad.  I think dust and mold is really getting to me, between heating systems, decorations, x-mas tress, scents, etc.

I also found out that besides allergies, I also have vasomotor rhinitis.  That's pretty much things causing similar symptoms, but not an actual allergic response.  Mainly its just a label for the fact that my nose is oversensitive to everything.  I also have turbinate hypertrophy.  That's part of the chronic inflammation in my nose and me always being congested.

I don't have much else to add now.  No idea if I will post again before the new year.

As usual, please feel free to say hi on skype or by email.  sneezykate@hotmail.com works for both I think.  I'd love questions to answer too.  Happy holidays!


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A New Post So Soon!

I happened across some interesting articles I wanted to share.  They both have to do with explaining what its like having allergies:

http://www.lifehack.org/309337/5-things-allergy-sufferers-want-you-know

https://www.buzzfeed.com/allergiesbelike/things-people-with-allergies-need-you-to-unders?utm_term=.uc5amem0K#.pdVBObOX5

What does everyone think about these?  Does anyone else have any other resources that discuss what its like for people with allergies?

I have a couple of questions:

Q: You mentioned earlier that Allison bends over backwards to help you with your allergies, and I'm wondering, does she ever "fuss" over you, or coddle you when your allergies are bad, or does that bother you?
Also, does she really *never * say "bless you?" I know that in general the concept of blessing embarrasses you in public, especially when people say it after every sneeze and are mean about it. But is she allowed to say it sometimes? I always think of it as a way of expressing sympathy, so after a particularly bad fit does she never say one, single " Bless you"? I can't imagine having a S/O who sneezes all the time ( especially if they are truly suffering) and *never * blessing them? 
A: The fussing and cuddling is nice.  Its great having someone so helpful like she is :)

She will say it every once in a while, once or twice a day at the most though. 


Q:  How much would you say your allergies affect your eating habits/ enjoyment of food? I know you don't eat much when your allergies are bad, just due to not really feeling hungry, but what about in general? I know you have trouble tasting, but do you still get at least some enjoyment out of food ? How about compared to before your allergies starting? I kind of imagined you as not eating enough and being, almost, frail? Because your posts make it seem like you can't enjoy eating at all D: 
A: It affects it a lot.  Food doesn't have much taste for me, so I don't find it that interesting to eat.  Maybe my allergies in general too make me less interested in the hassles around eating.  Before I got allergies, I ate more, but even then I'd often get sidetracked by other things and forget to eat at times.

Sorry this post wasn't too long, but its nice to get one up so soon after the last one.  I am interested t get your answers to my questions this time!  As always, feel free to say hi and chat.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Oct update and Q+A

Mid Oct and the ragweed levels have been coming down, so my allergies are slowly starting to get a bit better.  It takes my nose a while to not be as sensitive though.  The longer my allergies are bad, the more sensitive I get to everything so it takes some time for that to calm down.  I have to keep remembering though when I say 'my allergies aren't that bad'  most others see it as really bad, lol.

I have some Qs to A:

Q: Also, do you use corticosteriod nasal sprays ? Or are you too congested to try them?
A: Tried them and not only is the congestion the problem, but when I try to use sprays, I start sneezing like crazy and my nose gets all runny so the medication just doesn't stay in.

Q: How much do would you say allergies affect your performance in school? Are you so sued to it, so focused, etc. that except for the *really* intense days , or does it actually affect your grades. Has it taken you longer to finish your PhD because of this?
A: They have certainly affected school and work.  Missed days, not able to do as much as id like on many others, etc.  It has taken me longer because of my allergies. 

Q: Would you consider yourself a spoonie? ( "spoons" are this system for measuring how much energy a person with a chronic illness has. Generally applies to chronic fatigue/pain disorders, but since your allergies are soo severe I feel like it may apply) 
A: I didn't really know about this until you asked.  I don't think I would.  What I can do all depends on how bad my allergies are that day which is dependent upon what and how much I get exposed to.

Q: Do you ever lament about how mild your allergies started?
A: Not really.  They got pretty bad pretty quickly.  I more lament how I used to not have any allergies.

Q: Do you still take allergy shots. 
A:  No, not anymore.  I had them for a few years when I was younger, and they made no difference.

I am still on yahoo chat, but its not that great anymore.  Skype chat might be better.  I think the best way to find me there is my e-mail:  sneezykate@hotmail.com

Thanks, and keep commenting, asking questions, and saying hi!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Finally a Post and a bit of Q+A

Sorry it has been so long.  Things got crazy between the internship, and school happening again, etc.  As a quick summary for the internship - my allergies were making me miserable and I was having all sorts of problems and people having issues.  One of the people in charge realized how bad it was for me, so he was able to get me moved to something where I am not around animals at all, so I am doing better there now, and much less embarrassing.  Out of control allergies in a mask really sucks!

Ragweed season is still making me pretty miserable overall though.  I have a little bit of Q to A, so here we go:

Q:  Have you gotten any more information about what you will be doing? From what you do know about the job what do you think will be the biggest obstacle regarding your allergies?
A: I guess the above answered that. 

Q: Has your job started Kate? How has it been?
A: Also, see above, lol.

Q: I was just wondering how you cope when you start sneezing in a situation where it is difficult to leave - have you ever had a bad experience for example at a wedding, during an exam, on a plane etc?
A: Yes, its happened a number of times over the years.  Mainly I just have to sit there and let it happen.  Sometimes all the sneezing is disruptive to others, and I usually get very embarrassed.  It hasn't happened often, but occasionally for one reason or another I can't keep my snot totally under control and it grosses out other people.  That's the worst.

Q: I'm wondering, if maybe you're a little a too embarassed about your allergies? I don't doubt that some people are terrible and unreasonable and just don't behave like adults, but I feel like you're a little too sheepish by it? If you could say something like " I can't control it, you're being an ass." And act less embarrassed, people would mock you less? I almost feel like because you act so meek about it, people feel more like they can mock you for something you can't control.
A:
Not really sure how to reply to this.  I'm embarrassed by them, that's just how it is.  And they ARE pretty embarrassing!  Its also hard to reply much when I'm in the middle of an allergy attack, etc.

Q: I"m wondering how your parents reacted to this, and if they were supportive? I know they don't have allergies, but it can't be easy to watch your happy, athletic, popular kid's life suddenly decline due to remarkably severe allergies. I'd imagine it depressed them, too.

A: They have been pretty ok about it.  Concerned and all that.  They took me to lots of doctors and lots of tests over the years. 


I hope the answers were interesting.  I want to note that with the new way yahoo chat is, its hard to tell if someone is online or not.  I am still using it, so feel free to say hi there.  I am also on skype (just type chat, no video or voice), so you can message me on there too also at sneezykate.  E-mail works too, but I tend to like chat better.  As always, please give me feedback and more questions!