Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Snow Day



The oak pollen is flying fast and furious through Washington DC. Brother Wind is pushing the pollen into every crack and crevice which, I suppose, is the point. But much of the green dust is airborne since it has been way too dry in DC lately. Ah-choo!!

Once upon a time, not that long ago, I would have tossed myself into the fray even though I am severely allergic to oak pollen. I would have been outside, walking around, taking pictures, sneezing, blowing my nose endlessly, cursing the trees, or conversely, begging for mercy in the midst of their springtime orgy. Ignoring the truth of cause and effect, once upon a time I would have made myself sick as a dog on a day like this. I used to be so cruel to myself.

I remember a day like today, a couple of years ago, when I plummeted into anaphylaxis. I staggered into the fire station at Eastern Market, barely able to croak "Call 911." Firemen are excellent - they immediately said "We ARE 911." They gave me some Benadryl and watched me closely as the symptoms lessened. Thank god for firemen! Thank god for Benadryl. It's not good for you, but if you have allergies, it can save your life. Someone told me recently that if you chew the pill, make sure it gets under the tongue, it will be absorbed more quickly.

Today will be a "snow day." I will do some spring cleaning, watch movies on netflix, that sort of thing. I will watch the oak trees waving in the wind outside my tightly closed windows. In this way I will do a kindness for myself, protect myself. Oh yeah.

Happy snow day, y'all!

12 comments:

ellen abbott said...

well good! no need to make yourself sick just to prove you are strong. we already know you are strong.

Reya Mellicker said...

Thank you!

Kerry said...

Oh that sounds miserable. But you do have some snow days coming, so why not take them? And hope for rain to clear the air.

Cheryl Cato said...

Thankfully, the oak & pine pollen seems to be gone from my area. Have a great day doing your spring cleaning!

Pam said...

Take care. Take it easy.

steven said...

ooooooooh girl i moved to this town i call home twenty one years ago and was told if i didn't have allergies i would soon enough and ya know what . . . they were right!! leaf pollen . . . messes my body right into little snotty exclamation marks for about a month . . . oh and my eyes . . .right out of the exorcist!!! yep. i wear it very poorly . . . steven

nerima roberts said...

Interestingly enough, yesterday it was so windy and gusty, and the pollen was whirling everywhere. It really looked like SNOW!

Reya Mellicker said...

The Exorcist! Ha!! Oh yeah.

Steve Reed said...

Sounds like a wise decision! (I didn't know you could chew Benadryl?!)

Val said...

perfect plan - enjoy the peace and quiet too x

X said...

In this blog they discuss using the liquid formulation of benedryl or chewing and gargling with the pill if you don't have the injectible benedryl. I have found chewinfg the tablet (which tastes quite bitter) works fine. You can also use the fast dissolve tablets under the tongue. It takes 15-20 minutes for medicine to enter the bloodstream from the mouth if the size of the drug particles is sufficiently small, otherwise it takes 20-30 minutes from the intestines, with peak plasma levels achieved generally after 45 minutes.


http://knowledgeisthekilleroffear.blogspot.com/2010/06/understanding-and-treating-anaphylactic.html

X said...

In this blog they discuss using the liquid formulation of benedryl or chewing and gargling with the pill if you don't have the injectible benedryl. I have found chewinfg the tablet (which tastes quite bitter) works fine. You can also use the fast dissolve tablets under the tongue. It takes 15-20 minutes for medicine to enter the bloodstream from the mouth if the size of the drug particles is sufficiently small, otherwise it takes 20-30 minutes from the intestines, with peak plasma levels achieved generally after 45 minutes.


http://knowledgeisthekilleroffear.blogspot.com/2010/06/understanding-and-treating-anaphylactic.html