Staying Healthy

Mostly what I do to stay healthy is not bother worrying about it. But I ingest mega doses of vitamins, just in case. B for energy, C to ward off colds (and scurvy 🙂 and D for sunshine. Calcium for my bones. Flax for something, I can’t remember what. Not my memory, apparently.

Last spring I was NOT healthy and I don’t want to go through anything like that again this year or ever, if I can help it. I developed allergic rhinitis and asthma-like symptoms and eventually pneumonia. It was not fun.

Spring is a beautiful time of year, but there’s always bad stuff blowing around in the wind. When allergens enter the body they trigger an immune reaction and the production of antibodies in the mast cells of the nose, eyes and lungs. The mast cells release histamines and other chemicals that irritate and inflame membranes and cause scratchy throat, itching, sneezing and watery eyes. I had all that plus a chest cold and difficulty breathing. And a really hard time being nice to people. There are a lot of side effects.

Basically, the body is objecting to the sexual activity of grass and trees. I don’t know how you can put a stop to that. It is also sensitive to spores, which are the reproductive particles or seeds of fungi or moulds. Spores are particularly nasty little buggers because they are smaller than pollen and can get deep into the lungs.

And that brings me (at last) to killer snow mould. (I added the killer part myself, because just saying snow mould on its own doesn’t make it sound nearly fierce enough.)

It’s a fungus that looks like spider webs and forms under melting snow. There is a lot of stuff written about what one should do to it so that it doesn’t kill ones grass. Personally I care very little about the damned grass, being much more concerned about how my lungs are functioning.

It’s been rather hard this spring to avoid exposure to all the snow mould, short of locking myself in a hermetically sealed room. But I have been avoiding going outside too much. I keep my windows closed. I don’t have an air conditioner, but I keep an air purifier going night and day. There is a heppa filter on my vacuum cleaner so that it doesn’t recirculate particles back into the air. I change my sheets and pillowcases frequently. I keep my cortisone nasal spray and my inhaler handy.

So far, fingers crossed, I’m winning the battle, but this has been the weirdest spring for slow melting snow. Our backyard still has mounds of it, receding as slowly as a hairline.

When it is finally gone and the yard has been power raked and aerated, it will be safe for me to open the windows and doors and embrace the season properly. Hopefully this will happen sometime before July.

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