Thursday, January 21, 2010

You give me fever…

I am cranky. The reason for my crankiness? Cedar Fever. I don’t know about the rest of Texas, but here in Austin during this time of year, we have a wonderful (insert sarcasm) phenomenon called Cedar Fever. The cedar trees, which are more prevalent than pigeons in the park, go into bloom, causing anybody with a nose to suffer.

Some of the more common symptoms are drippy, stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes, plugged up ears, scratchy throat (sometimes to the point of losing your voice) headaches and facial pain. It has taken three years for me to become allergic. And now I am miserable. I must admit that I don’t have all those symptoms, thank gawd. I am one of the few that suffer from just one of the symptoms; headache. And my head, it aches!!

It started with the facial pain. Not even knowing I had allergies, because why should I think that, I’ve never had them before, I stopped in at the pharmacy and said only, “My face hurts!” The gal behind the counter said one word,  Zyrtec. I was all, “I don’t have allergies, see, I can breathe through my nose” and proceeded to sniff loudly at the pharmacy counter. She looked me right in the eye and said that today’s cedar count was eleventybillion and I do, in fact, have allergies. “Take Zyrtec.”

So I did. It worked wonders! Until the real headache started. I’m talking severe pain in my head. Not wanting to go back to the pharmacist and tell her she was wrong, that I don’t have allergies at all, but in fact a brain tumor, I decided to do what most people do. I went on the internet. Nothing says good health care like self diagnosis.

This is the interesting thing I learned. You have to take more than one kind of medicine to cover all the different headaches. Nice. There are several different kinds of allergy symptoms that cause different kinds of headaches.  Zyrtec is an antihistamine of a certain order and only hits xyz. But if you have other kind of head pain, you have to take a sinus pain medication that covers efg. Does your head hurt yet? Yeah, mine, too.

Luckily, I had some of that, and I was finally able to sleep last night (otherwise, this post could have been ugly). But I do have one question: Can somebody please tell me why in the name of all that is rosy, can’t they put both pills in the same get-out-the-scissors-if-you-can-find-them-because-you’re-too-weak-from-chronic-headache-to-try-to-tear-through-the-CIA-protected-super-glued-child-resistant bubble??



  1. Would you mind sharing the name of the EFG medicine? And please don't tell me it's something like Tylenol or Advil! I'm taking the Zyrtec and I'm still miserable. This too is my first year with the Cedar Fever (which interestingly doesn't include an actual fever)! It feels like someone is standing on my face! But unlike you, I cannot breathe through my nose!

    I think I'll move to Abu Dhabi with you. I bet they don't have allergies there.

  2. First scorpions, now Cedar Fever?!? Why do I want to visit Texas?!?

    Sorry you're feeling like crap. Glad the pharmacist helped you out and you FINALLY got rid of the headache and all that goes along with it.

    I have been known to cry simply because my flu addled body is not stong enough to open the nighttime flu capsules. And then the anger comes and I'm able to melt the metallic whatever that is with the flames shooting from my eyes.

  3. Ohhhh, allergies are the worst! And I so hear you on the pill packaging.

  4. I've had several people say that after 3 years you start to develop allergies. I'm coming up on the 3 year mark, and am PRAYING they just pass me right by. I've never suffered from allergies, but after now having a daughter that does, I have IMMENSE sympathy.

  5. I have never heard of Cedar Fever, but it doesn't sound pleasant! I'm glad you found something that works. I'm also glad I'm not the only one who relies on my best friend, Dr. Google.
    I think I'm allergic to everything that is indigenous to Arizona, but now that I've moved, I haven't had one allergy attack. I know, wait a few years, right? And I so hear you on that bubble packaging. One night I almost stabbed myself with scissors trying to get to some Nyquil Liquigels out for my daughter.

  6. Pills, pills, pills - stop it already! Inhale deeply and take the pain like a man. That is what my dad would say (even though he pops a gesquillion pills a day). Allergies suck, and cedar is the worst!


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