I’ve had allergies all my life.
Just the usual – pollen, pets, dust. The time we went to England and I stayed in a room with my aunt, one morning from her bed she said, “You just sneezed 27 times in a row. I counted.”
Finally, I decided to do something about it because I realized a little hazily how much it affected my daily life. I tried a few different OTC allergy meds and the one that wrks the best for me is Claritin.
It says 24 hour but it does wear off. Anything stronger than that make my ADD get worse, so the trade off of less sneezing and nose running and blowing is worth it. On bad days, I’d take Claritin twice a day.
Oddly, at least to me, I still had days where I was really tired and headachey.
Sarah suggested I try Advil cold and Sinus to clear my sinus out. I did and after a few days it had dawned on my I hadn’t had a headache. On the days where I had been taking Claritin at night, I tried the sudafed instead. That worked way better.
This week, I realized I had a pretty darn good week, health-wise. Some restless sleep but nothing due to allergies or headaches.
But Friday night I forgot the sinus medication. Last night, forgot it again.
And at 7:20 this morning I woke up with a blinding sinus headache. Actually, now that I think of it – the same headaches I’d usually call migraines, complete with stars. I could not get the sinus & allergy meds into me fast enough. I crawled back into bed next to Ron and thankfully was able to go back to sleep. Woke up at 9:50 with only a mild sore head.
I’m just amazed this used to be normal for me. Once or twice a week or so I;d be knocked flat with headaches.
Giving myself another dose of the sudafed because I can, and that should knock it out for today.
I’m going to need a second bottle near the bed so I don’t forget the night dose again, sheesh.