Yes, it is a three exclamation point situation, and it is not a diatribe about back to school ads. My fall allergies have kicked in.
In past years, fall allergies have involved stuffy and/or runny nose, itchy eyes, sinus headache, you know, the usual stuff. I’ve taken the usual over the counter remedies with occasional forays into prescription territory. I’ve gone though whole boxes of tissues in a single afternoon. I’ve irrigated and neti-potted. I’ve drunk gallons of green tea with local honey (not all at once, like the tissues).
I confess, there has always been a stirring of joy with the first sinus twinge, because it means fall is here. I love fall. Well, my problems with my sinusy twinges this year are twofold.
To begin with: it’s not fall. Play all the back-to-school ads you want, lament that summer is half over, even start school if you are in one of those states, IT’S STILL NOT FALL YET! Even the unofficial start of fall (Labor Day) is a month away. Real fall is almost three weeks after that, and when (or if) we’ll get the pleasant fall weather is anybody’s guess.
The second fold of my problem is these are not the allergy problems I am used to. What I’m used to is getting the above listed, normal allergy symptoms. When the symptoms become too bothersome, I take something for it, which usually dopes me up. It becomes almost a mathematical problem: how much allergy discomfort makes it worth the discomfort of being horribly lightheaded? Sometimes the answer changes. It adds a little interest to my day.
Well, it seems now the main symptom is to be horribly lightheaded. What the hell, body?
Someone will argue (and you know who you are) that it is really a time, money, and mathematical equation saver. After all, I’m skipping right over the usual symptoms and going right to the lightheaded part. I suppose, too, I could be pleased that my body decides to switch things up now that I’m into my 50s. After all, it proves that you can so teach an old dog new tricks.
In any case, I’m feeling too lightheaded to write a real blog post, and I thought this would make a decent Non-Sequitur Thursday post. Fall allergies when it isn’t really fall. Having the last step first in the allergy discomfort equation. Sounds pretty non-sequential to me. Then again, I am lightheaded. Hope you’re all having a lovely Thursday.