It’s spring, and my nose knows it.

Spring in Kentucky was messy in 2009 – that’s when I realized that what I thought was a bad reaction to dust, was actually the beginnings of allergy hell.

Kentucky is bad for allergies. When I went in to have myself looked at, I was told that people who have never had issues with allergies before moving to Kentucky would normally end up with allergies within the first year. The explanation was that it’s situated right there in the middle of a large river valley – it’s humid, and festering with all kinds of bugs and weird trees and shrubs.

Texas wasn’t so bad on my allergies – except for the fact that my cats caused me to break out in some pretty bad hives. It got so bad that I literally looked like I was developing some kind of skin condition. It was alarming and uncontrollable. It was then that I discovered that I have allergies to cats, dogs, cows, and horses. (I didn’t even know those animals could be lumped into a category together other than the generic “animals”.)

Moving to Washington state seemed to be some kind of a godsend. It was going to be cool, rainy, mountainous, with a l’il sea breeze when I wanted it. We got here in August, as most of you might remember. So the chance for allergic reactions was minimal until now.

Spring is here, in the Pacific Northwest – finally. It only just started getting warmer within the last week or two and all the shrubbery has finally had the opportunity to spread their blossoming limbs. It wasn’t until halfway through a most miserable week that I realized the connection between my burning, tearing, itchy eyes, constant and very uncomfortable post-nasal drip (isn’t that one of the nicest ways to say I have icky stuff draining into the back of my throat from my sinuses? *gag*), and a voice that hovered between throaty and crusty.

Clearly, allergies are regional as well as seasonal. I feel a lot better these days, though I had to ask my doctor to run another allergy panel for me. I don’t trust those Texans too much where this is concerned. Mostly because they told me that if I had never had allergies before, I would certainly develop them in Texas.

Um … I hate to have to break it to them, but Texas allergies for me were a breeze compared to my experiences in Kentucky and Washington. Get in line!

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