Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ragweed, how I hate you

It looks like I'm going to have to move....
to get away from...

This plant is EVIL. It was put on this Earth to torture millions of innocent people, me included. What purpose does it serve except to make me miserable and stuck inside.
This time of year is notorious for ragweed allergy sufferers since this devil's spawn pollinates in the months of August, September and October. Each plant produces a billion grains of pollen a season. Ragweed likes a wet spring and summer but I don't remember it being so wet this summer, just very hot. Ragweed is wind pollinated so dry windy days are extra deadly. When the humidity reaches 70% and above ragweed pollen clumps and can't become airborne. Hhhmmm, ragweed pollen or humidity, which would I rather have. I'll take humidity for a hundred Alex. There are no areas free of ragweed plants and its pollen. The pollen has been found as far as 300-400 miles out to sea and 2 miles high in the atmosphere.
For some reason this year has been particularly bad for me. I have lost count of the days with itchy and scratchy ears, nose and throat. The thick feeling in my throat along with post nasal drip. The itchy, watery eyes and a new symptom this year; inflammation behind my eyes causing fluid to build up and press against the back of my eyes. I take Zyrtec but am losing the battle this season. Is it any wonder why autumn is my least favorite season and why I can't wait for a killing frost?
So if you don't see me around I'll be looking down
with sympathy from the International Space Station


Anonymous said...

I , too, share in your misery. I feel so weak and sickly during this time of year, with the end of August and early Sept. being the worst for me. Winter is very welcoming at this point! They should have done something to eliminate this weed long ago!

Feeling your pain in Michigan

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with you more!!! Ragweed is the devil's spawn! I have been in Hell these past 2 weeks,and NOTHING I do alleviates my misery. Is there anymore room at the space station?