The Suffering: Pollenpocalypse– Allergies and Farming

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It finally happened!! Spring has SPRUNG and we have been impatiently waiting for it to get here.  During the winter we sat around fantasizing about the warm days where the sun would kiss our skin and we would dig in the dirt and plant the first seedlings in our wonderful gardens.  We recalled everything we LOVED and ADORED about Spring, the warm weather, the new life, all of the potential.  We skipped outside to welcome Spring with open arms and then …*BOOM* Spring hit you like a ton of bricks.  But instead of sun kissed skin and dirt under your fingernails, it greeted you with wind storms of pollen and red puffy eyes.  Not quite what you imagined right?  If you’re like me every single year you can’t WAIT for spring to get here, but you totally BLOCKED OUT the fact that Spring is a miserable BLUR of antihistamines, tissues, and trying to garden and care for animals through swollen eyes.

By this point into the season you have gone from thoughtfully measuring a teaspoonful of Benadryl to pouring it over ice and sipping it through a straw, like Will Smith in the movie ‘Hitch’.  Long gone are the days that you carried around a small packet of tissues to blow your nose.  That dainty pocket pack has been replaced by a roll of paper towels you carry under your arm that you use to replace the two tissues you have shoved up your nose, when they become too soggy. You have gone from gingerly dropping eye drops into your eyes to wishing you could remove you eyes and soak them overnight in a denture cup beside your bed. If you are in the trenches with your allergies and asthma today I encourage you to go back and read Dealing with Allergies and Asthma while Homesteading.  That post offers many practical methods for dealing with allergies and asthma and still leading the farm life you want to live.

Allergies have always been a huge part of our lives.  We are always trying to find new ways to improve on them so that we can continue doing what we love.  Some days it works and some days (most spring days) we feel crummy, but we do love homesteading and are determined to find a way.


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