I got hit badly by allergies yesterday, no thanks to the fact that I had lunch in my sister-in-law’s house where they now have 2 pet cats. I’ve been asthmatic from birth, but this is the first time that I’ve been hit by allergies so badly. And to think Mom had at least half a dozen cats back home — give or take one or two at any given time — but I never sneezed, got teary eyed or got so affected like this. My eyes are better now, but I can still feel some discomfort. As much as I’d like to down another Benadryl tablet, I can’t afford to go drowsy here at work. Just a few hours more and I can go — and I can be comfortable again.. I hope.

One thing about Spring is the fact that it means all the allergens like pollen, ragweed, and dander run amuck in the atmosphere. We never heard of this back in Manila, but when I got here, I found myself having asthma attacks not during the winter months when we would expect it to come, but rather during the spring and summer months when the allergens are thick in the air.

This has been one of the many adjustments I’ve had to make. Living with asthma since I was a child was never easy, although my asthma attacks are nothing that required major medical intervention. They were mostly allergic reactions to dust or erratic climate changes which were mostly occasioned by the typhoon season while I was still in Manila. Otherwise, I led a pretty normal life.

I’m just glad that it looks like Angel did not get the weak lungs my siblings and I got from my Dad. He has been adjusting well, perhaps partly because he was born in the spring (May 2004) which allowed his lungs to adjust to the allergen-infested air we breathe here.

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