Quick progress update for you today following on from my progress report here.
I have been a lifelong hayfever sufferer – remember doing your O level exams not being able to breathe?! I have hated Summer since my teens and avoided grass pollen like the very plague.
This weekend, I camped – albeit cheating in a caravan – in a field in the middle of the Dartmoor countryside. I was nervous but my hayfever has been non-existent practically this year so far so I went for it. NO REACTION AT ALL! How exciting is that? Am I finally going to be able to enjoy Summer; I truly hope so!
They do say hayfever eases as you get older so my usual cynical self is questioning it, BUT I am on a barrier strengthening plan. Mucous membranes ARE barriers. Could they be getting less porous and not allowing as many pollens through…? Ooooh…
As for other reactions – usually plentiful when we are away and out of our usual comfort-zones, aren’t they? – I did have one mild migraine, my usual gluten reaction nowadays.
I think it was kicked off by Fairy washing up liquid when I did the washing up on the first afternoon. Stoopid. I should have thought. I steeled myself for the current 48 hours of scoring 2-6 pain and nausea level (albeit a heck of a lot better than the 8-12 score for 4-5 days it used to be) and for my holiday to be ruined; I was only away 3 days.
But, for the first time ever, it last 24 hours and scored a 2 mainly because of the nausea. Not the usual debilitating awfulness. Yay. And no more washing up either, now there’s an excuse. Note to self: take Ecover next time.
Two possible barrier strengthening signs to share with you there then. Mucous membranes and blood-brain barrier. Woo hoo (whispered, just in case..)