When I first got here I was asked regularly by the locals if I suffered from 'Allergies', to which I responded "no, never have". Their very encouraging response was almost always "give it time, I never did either until I moved here"!
I moved here in October 2005 and I breezed through the following spring still happily allergy free and defending my drip-free nose confidently against the pessimistic locals.
Last spring things were not quite so hunkydory and my left eye finally succumbed to pressure and expectation. But it was a lone dissenter and all I needed were eye drops occasionally to keep it in line.
Spring 2008 rolls in, on the back of a drought for about 6 months and all hell has broken loose in my nasal passages. Yep the dreaded infamous Okie allergies have finally dragged this particular Brit' under kicking and screaming!
It started last Monday with a scratchy throat, developed by mid-week into a nasal drip, by the weekend the watery eyes were in place and by Sunday the sinus headache and cough. I have now admitted defeat, waved the white flag and started on the Allegra medication.
Today, if you didn't know better, looking at me you'd think I have a cold...but it's not, as allergies do leave you feeling distinctly different. I am not blocked up, just heavy headed, watery eyed and coughing due to the runny nose. I can't say the Allegra is helping yet, but guess what!? The Vicks rubbed on the soles of my feet at night is working a treat still and at least I am sleeping like a baby!
Now the locals just nod wisely at me and say "ahh yes allergies, we all get 'em, it's all the wind and dust out here"....I have to say that really makes me feel better, knowing I have this to look forward to every spring for the rest of my days!