RevGals Marybeth is struggling with allergies, and misery invites company!
So, thinking about allergies:
1. Do you experience any seasonal allergies? Are you allergic to anything else?
Indeed! During football season I am allergic to Tennessee Orange. And actually, I'm allergic to most versions of the color orange created by anything other than God. I'm all about Marigolds and Pumpkins, but in clothing, furniture and shag rugs, ewwwwwwwww!
2. What kinds of symptoms do you experience during your allergic reactions?
I have been fortunate not to be symptomatic with sneezing, watery eyes or itching. Well, sometimes the itching. Mostly every molecule in my being wants to beamed up to some bucolic destination far from the man-made version of this color.
3. How do you manage your allergies? (ie: medication, avoidance, alternative therapies, etc)
Avoidance works, and alcohol is a great aid, but when I can't escape I root for the other team. It's cathartic, especially when the other team wins.
4. What is the strangest allergy you've ever heard of?
I once dated a guy who was allergic to pine. Considering that my family owns a (timber) tree farm where we harvest pine, this didn't bode well for the relationship. I'm sure there are stranger allergies, but I had not heard of being allergic to pine prior to that.
5. How do you feel about school and social policies that ban peanuts and other allergens?
I am absolutely unaffected by this, but since allergies in the young appear to be on the rise, I guess it makes a difference that kids not be consistently medicated or suffering when they're in an environment to learn. I'm not sure what the implications are for the school and what kind of burdens this might put on them, but that's my initial response. Social policies? Huh? You can see that I am clueless!