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An Open Letter to All of my Allergens
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An Open Letter to All of my Allergens

Dear Allergies,

I don’t know how to put this lightly, but I’m sick of you. Literally. You’re making me sick. I’m so over you coming in with the wind and ruining my day. Spring is the prettiest season of the year. We don’t get very many nice days in Houston. It goes from wet winter to steaming hot summer, and I’m supposed to be outside enjoying every day with my family during these few weeks of Spring!

The worst part is that I give myself weekly shots to avoid getting crazy bad allergies, but apparently this year those shots are doing nothing. NOTHING! Nothing at all and I’m not happy about it. Last month my allergies got so bad that they turned into sinusitis. Did you know that sinusitis can last from 2-6 weeks? Mine lasted 5 weeks. 5 weeks of misery and the tail end of it was at Disney World. That’s really not cool.

Now this last weekend it happened again! I had lots of plans. Don’t get me wrong, I went through with all of them. My plans just included extra antihistamines, Dayquil and sinus headache meds. Okay and let’s be honest, a little booze to help me ignore the congestion and throb in my head.

I managed to make it through the rodeo on Sunday despite all you were throwing my way. The wind was whipping and just swirling all of you around the air and up my nose causing me to sneeze all day and continuously need a tissue.

Despite you pulling all the tricks out of your sleeve, I survived. I even managed to teach both of my classes on Monday. It’s not easy to workout when you can’t breath through your nose. Being a mouth breather isn’t fun and requires chapstick on hand 24/7.

Now let’s cut to the chase and just lay out what I really want to tell you. We’re breaking up. I’m breaking up with you. I’m over everything you’ve put me through and I’m ready to move on. I’m heading back to my allergist on Tuesday to get retested so that I can keep you away. I’m sorry to do this so publicly, but you left me no choice. Now I’m going to hide from you until Tuesday since I can’t take any of my meds until then. If you don’t mind, just leave me be. I need my space. I hope you understand and can respect my boundaries. Soon I should be able show my face outside again, no thanks to you of course.

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