Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Right Stuff

I am feeling sluggish. I need a jump start, a jolt, a pick me up. Wait.... I wrote that Thursday!

What is my problem? It has just been diagnosed. I have been taking the wrong allergy medicine. That's one problem solved.

I haven't had severe allergies in years. And then we moved to a new state and experienced spring for the first time. Oh my goodness, whatever is in the air here is killing me.

I started taking the allergy medication I had in my cabinet last week and then it ran out.  I rummaged through a different cabinet and found some other medicine.  It was generic and already open so I know that I had taken it before, and it must have worked or I wouldn't have kept it. Or would I?  I didn't bother to read the label other than the word Allergy Relief because that is what I was desperately in need of. Oh, and it expired 11/10 but I didn't even notice that at that time.

So the reason I have been sluggish all week (although Oklahoma certainly was part of it) is because I was taking diphenhydramine otherwise known as Benadryl with side effects that may include "marked drowsiness". No wonder I couldn't hardly move all day and went to bed early and slept so well. I was taking Benadryl every 4-6 hours and feeling like the walking dead. I was convinced that I was coming down with some nasty bug because my daughter had been sick, and the baby was starting to show symptoms, and I wasn't getting better. We were a combined mess.

It's nice having a doctor in the house who can read labels for you and then pick out just the right medicine at the pharmacy. I guess he would prefer me to do something other than sleep all day until allergy season is over.

I woke up this morning feeling so much better. I even took a shower, after three days of wearing my pajamas. I might survive this spring with the right stuff in my system.

But then we will move to another state and we'll see if I have developed new allergies there. Oh the joys.



  1. Haha - love this - not in a mean way!!! Life can get so busy that we just don't take the time do the right thing for ourselves. Glad you are feeling better!!!! Good luck with the new state (sadly if it is one you are returning to then there is a good chance you will have allergies there).
    Chey xo

    1. It is funny. During the summer months I can't stay at my parents house for more than 48 hours without getting knocked out by my allergies. I suppose I could medicate myself before we go, but I never remember! The actual city where we are returning never gave me any problems, I am hoping that is still true. I guess it's safe to say I don't have a concrete and asphalt allergy.

  2. Maybe you'll finally have a chance to get adjusted to a state and know exactly which allergy medication to grab! Surprisingly, living in Texas with the cotton set off my allergies but the green and fertile state of Pennsylvania? Not a sniffle. It's almost enough to make me not want warm winters. Almost.

  3. oh my gosh I can never get my allergy medicine right- glad you could!

  4. Good old benedryl works for sleepless nights too -that is unless you have an idiosyncratic reaction - then, you're PUMPED!
    but for real - moving to new states and having the seasons change can be TORTURE!
    got zyrtec? ;)

  5. Hope you feel better! Glad you found the right stuff. Thank goodness for Dr.H being able to assist!


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