I've been incapacitated recently with allergy symptoms. About this time last week I got that little itchy twitch in my nose that hinted at allergy issues. By the weekend I was plugged up, sneezing, coughing, had a horribly sore throat, and puffy eyes. Oh joy. I'm much improved now, although still plugged up with coughing spells that feel like someone is trying to rip out my sternum. Lovely.
Recent temperatures in the upper 50s and record-breaking 60s in February spurred many plants to bloom early. One or more of those plants sent forth pollen that activated my histamines and set up the battle in my sinuses.
Visiting the barn and grooming a shedding horse didn't seem wise -- since a day with the horse can plug me up anyway. So Phantom is getting some time off. I did drop by the barn yesterday to let him free graze. Man, did I make points!
Interestingly enough, after an early taste of spring weather, conditions did a switcheroo, dropping the freezing level on Sunday and Monday to bring snow to the mountains and hills, as well as rain mixed with snow to the valley floor. All a little too late to prevent my allergies, of course.
Ah well -- much less of a hassle than was my broken wrist, and healing way faster. But a strain on the Kleenex supply.