Allergy Season

All my life I’ve suffered from seasonal allergies.

The season is now, and the main culprit is ragweed, depicted here in a book my wife published last year.

ragweedMy symptoms are typical, including itchy nose, sneezing, clogged sinuses, watery eyes, itchy throat, swollen glands and swollen face.

And I’ve tried all the cures, including decongestants, antihistamines, bronchodilators, immunotherapy (shots), corticosteroids and local honey.

They all help a bit, to varying degrees. But some have side effects, like insomnia.

And none of them address the real problem, which is that we live on a farm, and that our house has no air conditioning, so our windows are normally open.

Yesterday, my daughter asked me if, after I retire, I’d spend allergy season elsewhere, like Florida. And I said, “No, not Florida. But I wouldn’t mind traveling more at this time of year. In fact, I’ve already got a rough plan for this season next year!”

Note: That book my wife published last year depicted every variety of wildflower that bloomed on Cabot farm that year—spring, summer and fall.

In total, there were 93, including nine varieties of goldenrod!

  • Blue-stemmed Goldenrod
  • Canada Goldenrod
  • Elm-Leaved Goldenrod
  • Grey Goldenrod
  • Lance-Leaved Goldenrod
  • Pine-Barren Goldenrod
  • Rough-Stemmed Goldenrod
  • Seaside Goldenrod
  • Sweet Goldenrod

They’re pretty, but it’s ragweed that’s the bane of my allergy season.

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