What living in the worst place on earth for allergies feels like
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I feel like death has a grasp on my head today. Perhaps this is what it feels like to turn into a zombie. My brain is a fog, there is pressure behind my eyes, behind my nose, and in my jaw. My ears keep popping. I just want to go back home and curl up in bed. I take a zyrtec every night because I am allergic to our dog and to grasses. Did you know that corn and rice are grasses? This is where the true horror of where I live comes into play.
I live in the Mississippi Delta. If you look at any article about the worst cities to live for people with allergies you will see Jackson, MS as number one. Well, that is only because we don't have any cities with more than 20,000 people in them here in the Delta. Jackson is the southern most point of the Delta. I was told by my allergist that I needed to start going to after moving here that the first 5 years of living here are the worst for EVERYONE who moves here. I knew I had some allergies before moving here, but nothing I couldn't handle. I moved here and BAM, there are days I just go home from work and go to sleep for 2 hours because of the pressure in my head.
Last year I tried shots because everyone I knew with allergies swore by them. They would say they never had allergies problems again after starting the shots. Well, two month in to getting shots I almost had to be rushed to the hospital. The shots, along with it being peak season for corn and rice, combined to almost shut down my lung function. I felt like when my brother would sit on my chest as a child and it was getting worse. Sooooooooo, after that experience I said the zyrtec and flonase will have to do. I only take the flonase when I get bad. This week requires flonase. It's so bad that along with an additional benedryl this morning, I have no relief.
Saturday we went out of town for the day. Just a 2 1/2 hr drive to Starkville to visit friends was pure bliss for me and my husband. We had no allergy problems all day. Within 20 minutes of being back in the Delta, we could both feel our sinuses wanting to kill us. This is without most fields even being planted yet this year. However, they have been crop dusting for weeks now and every day more and more fields start to bloom. Yet another reason I need to find a new job and escape this place once and for all!