A few years ago, I was feeling run down and decided to make an appointment with the doctor. My guess was a cold, but it had gone on for quite some time…not getting worse or better. When the doctor came into the examination room, he asked a few questions. It didn’t take long for him to render his diagnosis.
“Well, it looks like you have allergies,” he announced, shaking his head up and down.
“I’ve never had allergies,” I resisted.
“It’s very common for people your age, or any age to get them later in life- even if you have never had them before,” he educated.
“Oh, goody,” I said sarcastically.
He then offered to do skin testing to find out what allergies were affecting me, but I declined. He explained the different medicines or treatments which also met my refusal. My line of thinking goes something like this: Whatever I am allergic to isn’t life-threatening, so knowing what it is will not make me any less allergic. The medicine for allergies makes my head a little foggy (I’ve tried a couple)- which is very close to the way a cold or allergies make me feel.
Yes, I could try to avoid pollen or mold but those are in oxygen, which is said to be an important element. And what if I am suddenly allergic to my dogs? Do I just ship them off to the nearest shelter? Never gonna happen.
There are hundreds of things that could make my eyes water or stuff up my nose. Maybe it’s a food allergy, but I don’t believe so. There are people who suffer from peanut, shellfish or fruit allergies. Some are lactose intolerant. There are gluten sensitivities. Certain spices will send someone straight to the hospital.
The most disturbing thing that I have discovered during a heightened awareness of the allergy life- is that people must think we are incredibly stupid. There was a warning on a package of peeled, hard-boiled eggs that I bought. It read: Caution, contains eggs. Similar warnings have been put on nuts or edamame.
A company that sells allergy medication, wraps up their slogan in the idea that their product helps with 6 allergy symptoms, instead of just one. Apparently, six is more than one, and better than one. Truly inspiring. Where do we send the thank you letters for that Earth-shattering information?
If you are reading this and suffer from any kind of allergy- be strong. I now know first-hand how awful they can be. If you don’t have allergies: Good news! You can get them at any time. And, something that should have been mentioned earlier, for the safety of the reader: This blog was written in a house that contains nuts.