So I recently went to an allergist. I’ve had seasonal allergies all my life, accompanied by a post-nasal drip that just never goes away. I had been seeing my doctor, trying to figure out what I can do to calm my symptoms and they finally sent me to a specialist.
It was a very interesting experience, to say the least. I was initially really nervous because I had seen a seemingly painful allergy test on TV where they lay you on your stomach and stick you with a ton of needles all at once. The skin test I had was so easy and actually kind of enjoyable! I got to see exactly what I’m allergic to. Check it out…
Needless to say, I’m highly allergic to numbers 1 – 18, which included all the outdoor stuff; grass, flowers, trees, etc. Number 17 was Bermuda Grass and the reaction from that test spread all the way up my arm! Looks like my lifelong streak of no grass-cutting will continue!
Here’s the rest of the test…
Numbers 19 – 35 included indoor stuff; mold, mildew, dust, etc. 26 and 27 are dust mites. Who isn’t allergic to dust, really?
My major takeaway from this is I need to find an allergy treatment that works for me and just stick to it. My secondary, house-related takeaway requires one of two things…either I stop doing yard work all together or we get hardwood floors! Or maybe…BOTH?!
Truthfully, I won’t stop doing yard work. I was just out Sunday night hacking up the earth trying to rid the ground of pesky dead(ish) ivy vines. It was a HUGE stress relief. Yard work is good like that. There’s a method to the madness and you are allowed to be actually mad about the work! It’s fabulous. I actually enjoy picking up sticks because it’s a really great workout! Have you ever done full on squats for an hour straight? Go pick up sticks in your yard and you’ll feel the burn!
To the hardwood floors comment; it’s definitely on the top of our “to-do” list. When Andrew ripped up a good chunk of our living room carpet to install our makeshift landing, we revealed some pretty decent looking hardwood. After speaking to some of the adults in our lives, we’ve come to the conclusion that having the floors re-done may actually be within reach – like this year or early next year reach!
Long story short, not much has changed having been officially diagnosed with tons of allergies to trees and such. The best part about it is that it will spark the motivation we need to prioritize projects. Maybe hardwood floors will be next!