Dry, desert allergies attack

When I was 15 I was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma. I have an emergency inhaler and a daily inhaler and my asthma is under control.

Many people who have asthma have allergies or vice versa.

When I was 19 I was diagnosed with environmental allergies. (That was a tough semester in school as I couldn’t stay up past 9 most nights. I saw the beginning of a lot of movies but missed the end of most.)

For many years I have taken Zyrtec, which for the most part has kept my allergies manageable.

I was 23 when I left Tucson (Arizona) where I was born and raised.

After leaving I went back regularly to visit home.

One visit I had about three years after leaving Arizona was the worst allergy attack I’ve ever had … still to this day. I had a terrible cough, I could hardly breathe, my head felt 10 times as big as it actually was, I could hardly hear, I was so congested. It was awful. I was miserable.

Allergies regularly make me tired and wear me out. Most of the time I have a little congestion, some sneezing …

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Staying healthy with regular doctor’s visits

Today I visited my doctor for my annual check-up. I was there about three weeks ago for my annual visit. But my doctor had a family emergency so I had to reschedule.

I usually have my appointment in the morning. But today was an afternoon appointment. I had to wait almost a half an hour just to get in the little room.

But once I was in the little room the nurse immediately took my weight, height, blood pressure and asked me the normal questions.

The doctor was in there within minutes of the nurse stepping out.

I had 10-15 minutes today with Dr. Fiscella. In that time she managed to perform my exam, chat me up about my allergies, my weird shoulder, exercise, my cholesterol and past and future travel plans.

I see her once (maybe twice) a year and she remembers that I like to travel. She is well-traveled herself. So I love to hear her stories and talk to her about places we have been and plan to see.

I really like Dr. Fiscella. I like her staff and her nurse practitioners. Everyone seems genuinely kind and happy to work there.

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Mini cold

So last week I wasn’t sure if I had allergies or a cold. I think it was a cold, a mini cold is what I like to call it. It wasn’t a full blown cold. And luckily I am feeling almost back to normal.

I skipped noon spin class today as I still had a little bit of a cough and I didn’t think cardio was the best. I plan to attend the afternoon yoga class tomorrow.

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Lunch time workout

My spin teacher, Jennifer, recently started teaching a noon body conditioning class on Thursdays. I went last week and thought it was a great workout.

So I went back today. For some reason everyone was kinda sluggish in class, myself included. I coulda taken a nap during abs just about anytime.

Once back at work I had lunch. That perked me up a bit. And then a diet Dr. Pepper helped a little.

I am wondering if allergies are just keeping me exhausted. Or just that I am super busy at work, stuff to do at home, etc.

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