Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Yellow Peril

I drove down a rural road this morning, turned around and came back the other way a minute later. Not only was the pollen still swirling through the air in my wake, like a grainy mist or fog, but I could see my tire tracks, as if I had driven through a light dusting of snow.

There are many lovely things to appreciate about spring, but this is not one of them.


  1. That makes me sneeze just reading about it.

  2. There are times when I'm driven so insane by the incessant tickling, running and sneezing that I actually want to repeatedly punch myself in the nose to make it stop.

  3. Brian M11:21 AM

    I live in Solano County, California, which may be the worst place in the United States for allergies. Miles of grasslands, air pollution from the Bay Area, and strong winds.

    for some reason, though, my allergies seem to be declining. Does that mean my immune system is declining? (LOL). I used to get horrible bronchitis every spring. I lost a lot of weight (40+ pounds) and my asthma seems to be declining, too. So...knock on wood.

  4. Be careful, Brian. The first year I didn't have horrible allergies, in 2001, it was because whatever it was in my immune system that triggered them had switched off. Problem was, it also switched on rheumatoid arthritis. So now, as much as I hate the allergies, I just breathe a sigh of relief, figuring the RA is still in remission at least.

  5. Brian M12:53 PM other symptoms like that. And I still get some immune response during pollen season (can't really lay down on grass without itching eyes and running nose) and the shellfish allergies are still in hopefully nothing too weird like that is happening.