Allergies: A (Sometimes) Silent Menace

Allergies.

According to the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, up to 40% of the Canadian population will be affected by at least one allergic condition in some point of their lives. That’s a lot of sneezing and congestion right there.

I, myself, have a couple of allergies I’m prepared to share with you. Get ready. Here it comes.

MIXED VEGETABLES!

No, really. My 5-year-old self is cheering so hard in my head right now.

Well, to be more precise… FROZEN mixed vegetables. It has something to do with the chemicals they use to preserve them during the freezing process and less to do with the actual vegetables but let’s be honest: who actually likes frozen yellow beans mixed with corn and peas? My reaction to this nasty bit of chilly business isn’t too severe, mostly a wildly upset stomach followed by stomach and abdominal cramps for hours.

Ok, maybe not so gentle I suppose.

The next is a doozy. You might want to sit down for this one and grab your EpiPen.

DUST!!!

*thunder rolls in the distance*

Or, to (again) be more precise… THESE GUYS!!:

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Dust Mites! I’ll call them all Kevin. Not to be confused with the Bed Bug, their scientific name in the Entomology world is Dermatophagoides microcerasIn my world, I call them #&@!*# (or Kevin) aka “Maybe one day I’ll not be congested and able to breathe clearly out of at least ONE nostril for more than 10 seconds”. My reaction to these little guys are constant, ever-present, and very much like having a semi-cold every single day. Congestion in both chest and head, sniffles (IN JULY! I mean, COME ON!), and inability to breathe clearly.

One time a few months ago I was able to breathe through both nostrils clear as a blue sky, and the on-rush of so much oxygen coming in was so much that it actually gave me a headache. AIR GAVE ME A HEADACHE.

Thank you Kevin. I appreciate it.

Despite all of this, I don’t let it affect my life as much as I can and when I start to get a bit whiny (I said a bit!), I remind myself that there are people out there with allergies exponentially more severe than mine, so I honestly have no right to complain. There are people with allergies to peanuts, seafood, and even sunlight.

My hope is that in the future we will have the medical technology to come up with cures for these sometimes common (and not so common) interruptions in our lives. All I can say now is…

*AH-CHOO!*

Bless you. 🙂

 

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