There is definitely something in the air. And it smells like allergens! I have really been suffering from allergies lately. It’s no fun sneezing every five minutes and using up an entire roll of loo paper in one go – if you’re wondering, I blow my nose with loo paper. Tissues go down too fast 🙂 Allergies are so life sapping. On my really bad days, and I have had a few of those lately, I can barely muster the strength to get out of bed. And when I do, it’s usually to waddle over to the sofa – how sad is that?
My biggest problem at the moment – my arch nemesis in fact, is a rather unspectacular shrub that grows long, woody stems with thick bunches of leaves from its base and on the ends of each branch are a few bunches of what can only be described as grape-looking. On closer inspection, however, one will notice that these ‘grapes’ are actually a bunch of tiny purple flowers – like I said not the most eye-catching of plants. What does catch ones eye, however, is the large quantities in which they are found in a particular area. Personally I think it’s some kind of conspiracy. They know how much I loathe them so they gather in large colonies around my house – and of course there is the single invader in my garden that I cannot get shot of! I have, of course tried my level best to rid myself of this pest but its roots are deep. Instead I hack it down every so often. I did that a few days ago. My allergies to this plant are so severe that I break out in a rash if it touches me. I persevered and chopped it all down. Now its an ugly mangled mess of hacked off stems and battered leaves. but at least the allergy inducing flowers are gone. I have been wondering lately what kind of plant this is, that grows like a weed in my neighbourhood. My neighbour suggested it was some form of lavender – plausible as the way the flowers grew made it look like oversized lavender flowers and similar looking leaves, although much larger than the leaves of a lavender plant. But I was a bit sceptical because lavender has a lovely smell. This plant has quite a strong scent which reminded me of Jasmine so not exactly lavenderish. Also, my daughter is always picking the lavender out front and giving it to me as little gifts. I have never had an allergic reaction. Anyway someone else suggested something else to me (I forget what it was now) but I didn’t think it was that. So I used that wonderful tool called Google image search. Yes, just type in purple flowered shrub. And lo and behold, there it was. Lilac. Yes I am highly allergic to lilac!
Now I thought to myself after this latest allergy episode,why is it that scientists cannot come up with a cure for allergies. Now I know there are many allergy varieties but I would say hayfever is a pretty common one. I am in no way scientific so I couldn’t say what is involved in the process of making cures but I don’t think I am being unreasonable asking this question. After all, they have made cures for some pretty serious diseases. Now some of you might be shouting at your computers that they do have a cure for allergies, it’s called antihistamine. Sorry but I have tried all types of antihistamine drugs from tablets that make me sleep all the next day to nasal sprays that make my nose bleed (yes – BLEED). They are, at best, temporary plugs to my constant problem, but more often I find that they do JACK. Besides I want my cure to be a one-off jab in the arm, a single big pink pill or some such thing. Not a regime of medicine taking – one a day for the rest of your life… And no, I don’t want to go onto preventative medication either (already have enough of that thanks 🙂
So are there any scientists out there willing to take up my challenge? I wonder…
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