Sundog –noun 1. parhelion. 2. a small or incomplete rainbow.

Ever Onwards

The allergy season marches onwards while I remain hunkered down inside waiting for my chance to spring forth and begin my garden in a few more weeks.

The alders above our tent have not fully started pollinating yet, though they are no more than two weeks away from turning our camp yellow with pollen. For the first and only time each year, I find myself hoping more for rain instead of sunshine as the rain cleans the air and brings a few moments peace with it.

cute puppy 1
Enjoy the cute puppy photos this week!

I have had a few people ask me what I do during this time of season. The more conventional stuff sees me taking nearly double my normal prescription antihistamine, 2-3x’s a day over the counter allergy eye drops, and I wear a face mask to filter pollens 24 hours a day when not eating or showering.

I also add in approximately 18-25,000 mg of Vitamin C taken in 1-2,000 mg doses through the day. The C helps more than any one other thing for me. It varies what form of C I take at different times of the day, but each one gets taken at least twice a day. Sometimes I take a buffered powdered form, occasionally one mixed with some quercetin, but mostly just a cheap C with few extra ingredients.

A little meditation each day to help keep my body and mind in a calmer state also helps keep the stress of this season much lower. This is new for me this year as I had not started meditating until this last fall.

Lastly, I make sure to rinse out my nose at least once a day and preferably before breakfast in the morning. I’ve found doing it earlier helps keep my symptoms more calm throughout the day as opposed to doing it the once at night.

cute puppy 2

I am finding this spring season to be a little easier than the last few have been. Though it is possible it is a lighter pollen count this year, I think more likely is the fact of many diet and supplement changes having helped my body to heal more prior to allergy season beginning. Either way, I am happy my allergies are a little better than normal this year.

These are the things I do specifically for my allergies. I also have trouble every spring with my lymph stagnating more than normal which causes a great deal of pain. The pain begins first behind and under my ears then spreads throughout my body. Very little has helped in the past and the size of pain can only be described by saying all I can do when it hits is lie on my side and quietly cry. Pain killers do nothing for it and I have had to wait till it passed on its own.

This year I found some really good exercises to help keep the lymph moving and they take very little energy to do. The difference is astounding. I must remember to do them at least once a day (which can sometimes be harder than it sounds) but usually the pain starting will remind me if I have so far forgotten that day.

Only once did I have any significant amount of pain from the lymph nodes behind my ear this season, an even more welcome change than the lessened allergies thus far.

roxy the pit bull from upside down dogs

We have some stormy weather moving in for the next week or so, a blessed event which I am looking forwards to. With everything extra I must take to keep my symptoms tolerable right now, it has me even more foggy than normal. Some rain should allow me to slow down on the supplements I must take and possibly clear my head for a few days.

Posts will still be sporadic for a few more weeks. A big thank you to everyone who has offered me support during this time and let me know you were looking forwards to the next post here.


17 responses

  1. Snez

    Good to see another article by you! I read it with great relish. πŸ™‚

    Wow! That sure is a lot of Vit C. Though, I have heard of others taking a great deal (to bowel tolerance) to deal with colds, flus and other symptoms.

    Glad to see your symptoms aren’t as full blown as they could be. Urging more rain to come your way. πŸ™‚

    March 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

  2. Aye! Tons of Vitamin C. The mixing of the three types of Vit C seems to help keep me within the bowel tolerance while being able to judge how my body is doing to it a little better.

    Yay for rain! Its raining right now, thanks! πŸ˜€

    hugs! πŸ™‚

    March 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm

  3. I know others who take a bunch of Vitamin C. Mary Moeller mentioned it on my show the other day. I used to take it regularly and right now I can’t remember why I stopped. Must have been the monthly cost, I guess. I suppose the rain helps clear the air for you until the pollen rises again? Are you ever able to try any OTC allergy medications?

    Sending you good, pollen-free hugs,
    Cinda Crawford

    March 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm

  4. Hello Cinda and nice to meet you. πŸ™‚

    I use Zyrtec which is an non-prescription antihistamine, but I often refer to it as by prescription since that was how it was for the first few years on it.

    I’ve tried a number of other things like it, but none have worked as well with as few side effects. It is pretty cheap too – if you know where to find it. lol πŸ™‚

    I have also tried some homeopathic remedies but they really did not agree with me.

    Thanks for the pollenless hugs! πŸ™‚

    March 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm

  5. I don’t know how strict you are on the paleo diet, but going dairy-free will help reduce your airborne allergies. It is the casein in the dairy that you need to avoid.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:51 am

  6. Hello Don and nice to meet you. πŸ™‚

    We are very dairy free here. Only 2-3 times a year do we have some cheese (when it wasn’t on a pizza lol) but even the occasional pizza is out now.

    Thanks for the suggestion, I do get pretty stuffed up from dairy. Helpful if my nose won’t stop running but otherwise something mostly avoided.

    Have a great day! Lisa

    March 8, 2010 at 9:57 am

  7. What lymph exercises do you do? Don’t try to type them. If you can refer me to a link that would be great.

    March 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

  8. Hi Pris! πŸ™‚

    Its not a very good video and the woman’s singing is a bit annoying but the technique works well enough.

    You can also try searching youtube for “self lymphatic drainage massage” and check out some of the other videos that pop up. I looked through a few and the woman in the link seemed to focus where I needed it with a very minimal intensity technique.

    Though she does it laying down, I prefer sitting up. Easier on my arms that way. πŸ™‚

    Hope this helps! Lisa πŸ™‚

    March 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm

  9. Great to see your new writing up Lisa! You made me chuckle with yoru dairy comment :”Helpful if my nose won’t stop running but otherwise something mostly avoided. ” lol!

    I’m happy you are finding things to help minimize the allergy reactions. Keep on keeping on girl!


    March 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

  10. Thanks for the link. Yes, I think I’ll do them sitting up, too. And I agree about her singing:-)

    March 9, 2010 at 7:36 am

  11. Hi Kimberly! Thanks for the encouragement and I’m always happy to give a chuckle! hehe πŸ™‚

    Good deal Pris, glad it will be useful for you. I also carry the face rubbing past the forehead and onto the scalp for a little downwards moving scalp massage. It feels great and I’ve noticed the more painful my lymph is, the more painful my scalp seems to be. Might be a connection there (no idea for sure) but either way it feels good to get some more circulation there anywho! πŸ™‚

    I hope you both have a brilliant day! Lisa πŸ™‚

    March 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm

  12. Marian Smartt

    Just found your blog…wonderful and soothing. It helps me feel not so alone.

    Passing time with my dogs…loved the pics of the dogs. I have 3 and just adopted a stray kitty…I live in the woods(house though) and the cat wouldn’t last long with the coyotes etc.

    Your friend,

    March 14, 2010 at 4:36 pm

  13. Hi Marian! I’m happy you found my blog and are enjoying it! πŸ˜€

    It really helps me to feel not as alone either. πŸ™‚

    I love dogs – huge dog fan. I would likely have a dozen if Jeremy ever let me. lol Right now we have none due to the logistics of keeping mud outside the tent or dealing with a wet dog getting our blankets wet, etc. But its top of my list soon as we are settled indoors someplace that will let us have one!

    Always good to adopt the strays. I told Jeremy just a few days ago that should a stray puppy come wandering into camp someday, well good luck with me not keeping it. hehe πŸ™‚

    I hope your day is going smoothly! Lisa πŸ™‚

    March 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm

  14. Hi, Lisa! Just wanted to say hello and that I hope you continue to feel better. I don’t post often, but I do read your blog and you are often in my thoughts!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

  15. Hi Laurel! πŸ™‚

    I’m really happy to see you are on the upswing again and glad you stopped on by. πŸ™‚

    You are in my thoughts here as well, I hope you continue to see progress in the right direction. πŸ™‚

    Big and gentle hugs, Lisa

    March 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm

  16. Hi Lisa,

    Been thinking of you guys. How long till you will get to start your garden? I have never had a garden but have wanted to for years. We just always seemed to be moving onto the next rental with every spring, but maybe some day I will learn the art of growing tomatoes and all that neat stuff.

    I did buy myself some synthetic flowers the other day…they will do nicely for now! :0)

    Just wanted to say I hope you and Jeremy are faring well. Warmer weather and breathing easier will come soon.

    take care, Kimberly

    March 25, 2010 at 12:01 am

    • Hello Kimberly! πŸ™‚

      I went up to my garden yesterday to begin working on it but it is much the worse for wear after this winter. >.< It is looking like it will be a late garden this year because it will be a few more weeks until I have enough done around camp to put the kind of work into it that it will need.

      Have you thought about doing some container gardening? You could grow all sorts of stuff in containers and take them with you each move. Lettuce (highly recommend Tom Thumb variety for containers), radishes, herbs, all sorts of stuff! πŸ˜€

      Thank you for writing Kimberly. I read this and it gave me a good shot of energy to get some writing done today. The blog post going up in a little while came out of that energy – thanks! πŸ™‚

      Have a happy and peaceful day, Lisa

      March 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

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