I was walking in the back yard with my dogs yesterday and my shoulder brushed against a low-hanging oak branch.
Out of the corner of my eye I could see a puff of green powder. There was pollen all over my shirt sleeve, my neck and one side of my head. We have oak trees all over our property, but this was the first time I’d had a really good look at oak flowers. I realized that’s what’s all over our car right now, our patio furniture, our dogs, and US!
You can wear a mask outside, but when you come into the house you’re carrying pollen all over yourself. I try to remember to wear a hat too, and brush myself off when I come inside, but it’s just impossible not to be affected by a regular pollen storm.
This morning I was awakened by this weird whistle – it was my left nostril!
At times it makes me light-headed, nauseous, and just TIRED. I find washing my face with Noxema cold creme is helpful, and yeah, the nose wash bottle is very nice, I always try to remember to use that.
And DRINK WATER, it’s a must. Sometimes my mouth is so dry it’s stuck to itself. My dentist told me a lot of dental problems are caused by dry mouth. I saw actress Carmen Diaz chugging water on Dr. Oz one day, I thought she was so cool – I tried it! Had acid reflux all day, so I haven’t tried that again. I just pour myself about 8 ounces at a time, leave it by the kitchen sink, take a whack at it every time I pass by.
Of course, right now, I’m drinking a stinking hot cup of coffee – when I hold my nose over that cup in the morning, I can feel it cracking and popping inside, and suddenly I can breathe. A cup of coffee is nice.
The weatherman and the news lady were going on and on about how great it is to have your windows open at night – not if there’s a pollenator out there. Be aware of what’s going on in your yard before you pop those windows.
I love flowers, I love trees, I love Spring, but just one year I wish I could beat the pollen!