Cedar Fever

Cedar Fever.  Have you ever heard of it?  If you’ve been around the Central Texas area during December – February-ish time, surely you have.  You see, we’re inundated with these beautifully green Cedar trees.   Amidst the deadness of winter, there is always the beautiful green of a Cedar Tree.  This is a small interesting article about Cedar Fever.  If you have a minute, go read it.  It’s written well; not just from a medical perspective … but from a personal one as well.  And she hits the nail on the head.

“But cedar fever is not just any allergy. It’s a scourge”  2nd paragraph, 1st sentence.

I completely agree.  Cedar Fever — FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER — has stricken me with its death.  Michael and the kids only have minor allergy problems right now, and I’m truly thankful for that.  I don’t want anyone to feel like I’ve felt.  My symptoms?  Body aches, chills, sore throat, sinus pressure {so much so my teeth hurt and I can’t open my mouth fully}, headache, lost voice, a stopped up nose and a constantly drippy runny nose … all at the same time and all with no fever.  As many times as I take it, there’s no fever.

Check out this video someone in Austin took from his balcony as he overlooked the Hills.  Y’ALL!!!! That is craziness.  All the Cedar Pollen just floating off into the sky.  Craziness, I tell you. *Craziness*.

I write this post to let all of you Austinites know … I sympathize with you.  I do.  I understand that feeling of exhaustion you get, you know, from just opening your eyes in the morning.  Yes. Just waking up is exhausting.  Anything you do is exhausting.  Yet, when you try to get a full nights sleep, it’s a crap shoot.  Maybe you will, maybe you won’t?!?! Will you be stopped up so much that you can’t even sleep? Maybe.  Will you snore so loud that you sound like Darth Vader and actually wake yourself up from it?!?!   Maybe. Will your KIDS actually be disgusted by all the snot and mucus coming out of YOUR nose?!?!  Maybe.  Any and all of these might actually be possible.  {um, I’d like to say none of this is pulled from personal experience, but I’d be lying.  It’s been a rough week.  Sorry, kids, for all the mucus. And most of all, I’m so sorry, Michael, that you have to actually share a bed with me in this condition.  I thought 3rd trimester pregnancy was bad!}.

Thus far, it’s been killing me.  But as of last night, I’ve found a special concoction of regular allergy and allergy-D medicine, along with occasional ibuprofen for the body aches and so far … I’m killing it.  At least for the past 15 hours.  We’ll see how the rest of the next 4-5 weeks go.  Here’s hoping for the best.  What are you doing to ward off the evil that is cedar pollen this time of year?

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ginicraven
    Jan 20, 2014 @ 10:36:56

    Oh Holly, I am so sorry you feel so bad. But I must admit, when you were going through your symptoms I did giggle about the snoring:)


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