Minnesota has welcomed me home with open arms… arms filled with grass and tree pollen. I woke up Friday morning clawing at itchy eyes, sneezing as I rolled out of bed to check my alarm clock. I’ve moved back down to school and there is no air conditioning in my house, so the windows are all open, and I am popping Claritin to no avail. I am still itchy and sneezy, and the decongestant is making my head feel like it’s floating above my body.
The upshot of this is that I have no appetite whatsoever. Case in point: This afternoon, I made a beautiful apple pie and have had no urge to eat it, despite skipping lunch and only eating a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast. In fact, I’ve actually been able to allow the pie to cool the required 3 hours so I may cut it without all the hot apple filling gooshing everywhere.
The moral of this story? Clearly, Claritin-D is an effective weight loss method. However, it’s doing little to curb my runny nose and will be ruining my dinner tonight. So, after I took my pie out of the oven, I walked to the co-op and bought this box of all-natural outdoor allergy pills. If they work, fabulous. If they don’t, my sinuses will be no better than they already are, but at least I can enjoy my pie.