Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Just a quick note


During the summer, I always try to re-organize and declutter the house from top to bottom. Only problem is, it gives me the worst allergic fits. Something we have a LOT of in Arizona is dust, pollen, and all kinds of other yuck in the air because it (almost) never rains, so that stuff just keeps adding up in the air. Before we moved here, I never had any allergies of any sort.

Yesterday, I did the kitchen, which took me all morning and some of the afternoon, with the usual interruptions for diaper changes, feeding kids, etc. I threw away/donated four big garbage bags full of stuff, so the kitchen cupboards look great now. But I am still suffering from the allergies today. My nose has been running non-stop since yesterday morning, and my eyes are sore, itchy, and swelled up. Mind you, there was NO visible dust inside the cupboards!

As soon as I feel even remotely better, I am moving on to the next room. Oh joy! Some rain would be nice.

And, don't forget about my giveaway! Thanks for all the great comments so far, I will answer all your questions later this week. That is, unless my eyes permanently glue shut from allergies.

11 comments:

  1. I completely understand the dust issue -- I live in Oklahoma and because we have ZERO mountains the wind around here ranges from 30-60mph on any given day. I never had allergies either until I moved here and now I'm miserable. Thank goodness for Allegra is all I'm going to say!

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  2. You know how to solve the allergy problem, MOVE TO ANOTHER STATE!!

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  3. If I could make a suggestion, Allegra works really well. I have horrid allergies, and that's about the only thing that helps them out.

    Also, if you wear contact lenses, you might not want to wear them when you do cleaning in dusty areas. Perfume can aggravate allergies, so avoid it as well.

    Hope this helps a bit... allergies are no fun.

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  4. We are decluttering right now, too. I try to get done early before the day gets very hot. Mississippi isn't any cooler than Arizona if you take the humidity into consideration; not fun! I'm so sorry you have allergy problems. My children do, too. The problem they've had with allergy medicines is that they make the children so irritable and moody.

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  5. I feel your pain. I have the worst allergies all year long. Usually in the winter they end up turning into nose bleeds too... fun fun! I take a basic antihistimine (with no decongestant- they only make me jittery) and it works fine for me. I've heard a neti pot might help. I've never tried it, because I think I'd feel like I was drowning. But if you wanted to try something with no medication you could give it a whirl. Even a basic saline salt solution spray might clean out some of the allergens.

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  6. I can sympathize, I have horrible allergies (which are just as bad in the state I live in now as they were in the 4 other states I've lived in so moving away doesn't stop them) and since you have a nursing baby you're limited on what you can take. A steam shower is the most natural way I can recommend to clear out your passages. Sit in it as hot as you can stand it close up the door turn off the fan and let it all blow out down the drain. The hot water will loosen the phlegm and will at least help you breathe better for bed if you do it right before bed, also plain saline nasal spray shouldn't affect your breast milk either.

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  7. How odd - Arizona is suppose to be the best place for asthmatics. I guess not those with allergy asthma, though.

    Have you tried using a mask whilst you declutter? You can get them at a hardware store.

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  8. Ohhhh, I've been decluttering too. I'm so tired of cleaning around clutter. When you have too much stuff, it just makes regular housecleaning too hard. This is coming from a naturally unorganized person. Being married for 10 years and having 5 kids, I had to learn or die. Sink or swim. I live in AZ too and have bad allergies. I sing at church but it stinks how my ears are always plugged up.

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  9. I use stinging nettle capsules for allergies, but you probably know that already.

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  10. Cow's milk causes some bodies to produce mucus and aggrevates allergies and respiratory problems. When cleaning or working around the house or yard try the inexpensive filter masks that have two bands that go around your head to hold the mask on. They seal around the mouth and nose better. A good air filter in your A/C system or portable air purifier might also help.

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  11. We could use some sun here(Maine). There have been only a handful of dry days this month:( Though my daughter's allergies have not bothered as much as in past summers.

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