Ahhhhh . . . Spring!

Ahhh. . . Spring!

No matter in what part of the country we live, Spring is always a wonderful time of the year.  The first hint of green in the lawn, the first buds on the trees and bushes, the first butterflies happily waving good morning with still-damp wings as they flutter through air filled with the scent of sweet salt air.

Ahhhhh . . . Spring!

Ahhhhh . . . . CHOO!

Dang it!  I was sure hoping my springtime battle with allergies would be a thing of the past when we moved to Florida.  We don’t live near any Pine or Pecan trees, and it was my thinking all this sea air would be filled not with pollen, but with the natural healing powers of salt.   I was wrong.

They tell me it’s Oak pollen down here that gets everyone sneezing in the Spring (the Burr Oak and Northern White Oak to be exact), but with a little research, I’ve discovered the mighty Oak is just one of the culprits.  There are also grasses:  Bahia, Bermuda, Coastal Salt Grass, Eight-flower Six Weeks Grass, Fall Panic Grass (in the spring), Red Top Panic Grass, Smut Grass and Wand Panic Grass.

And then there’s Bayberry.

Makes Georgia’s Pine and Pecan trees look like petty criminals, doesn’t it?!

I lost my voice five days ago – LOST, as in even uttering a whisper required great effort and the pain of trying to squeak out words past a throat so sore I could barely swallow.  This is normal for me in Spring.  If I’d been in Georgia, I would have called my family doctor at the first sign of a sore throat, and he would have sent me a magic cocktail of antibiotics, cough medicine and prednisone.  Two days later it would have been over. 

But here.  Here I have no family doctor yet.  So I put off calling for almost a week as things got progressively worse.  This afternoon I broke down and called my Georgia doctor.  He’s faxing the magic cocktail prescription to the nearest CVS, and I’ll go pick it up later tonight.   

And – hopefully – I’ll be all better by Sunday!  

God bless.

Just looking at this makes me feel better.  Another masterpiece captured by Clark Bloswick.

Just looking at this makes me feel better. Another masterpiece captured by Clark Bloswick.


19 thoughts on “Ahhhhh . . . Spring!

  1. Hi Bree, for your allergies you may want to try Nasacort. My doctor recommended this to me 2 years ago and it’s been a life saver. No more sinus infections or allergy related problems and also no sore throats. I use this every morning. Hope you get well soon


  2. Take care of yourself! I don’t have allergies but my kids and husband do. It can be miserable. Flonase seems to help them – it has to be prescribed but it works!


  3. Brenda,

    I have never experienced any allergies or sinus problems, so it’s impossible for me to actually understand the misery you’re going through. Nevertheless, I’m praying the medicine will do it’s job and get you felling better as soon as possible. If it does what it’s supposed to do on the Florida allergies, make sure the new family doctor (whom you will get very soon) knows about it.


  4. Good Morning Bree! Hope your are feeling better. This is a dumb question! I have been going to Mackinac Island for many years but don’t really know how Cadotte is pronounced. Could you solve this problem for me? We enjoy reading your blogs!


    • Hi Bill! I pronounce it Ka-DOT’. I’m sure there is a French pronunciation also, but I have no idea which is technically “correct”. Any islanders out there who want to chime in on this question? Thanks for writing, Bill!


  5. So sorry to hear. I’ve lived with allergies my whole life. Moving around a lot, though, I usually get one free season in a new location since my system isn’t used to what’s around yet. I’m a bit alarmed to read all the grasses being a problem. Was hoping to plant some large grasses around my house! One thing I’ve read many have success with is using a saline solution and a netti-pot. I haven’t personally tried this yet, but if you think its something you could do, you might give it a try. It’s certainly a low-cost option. Feel better soon!


  6. Wow. Who knew there was that much to be allergic to? I never had allergies until I moved away to Arkansas for college/work for 10 years, then moved back to Thomasville. Boom! Hit me like crazy! I got tested, and then got many, many shots, and I am 95% better. Worth the weekly hassle now. Hope you find a solution that works for you. (You’re missing pecan blooming season right now!) 🙂


  7. Ok, Bree, here’s my 2 cents worth on allergies. I’m bothered by perfume, flower/ tree pollen, grass, dust, etc, etc, etc, and CATS. And yes I lived with a cat and suffered. What we won’t do for our pets. Finally I started talking Allegra (Fexofenadine) over the counter. I’ve been taking it once a day for years. Doc says its ok. I can breath. I have also tried the netty pot (squirt bottle type) and it does clean out pollen from your nose. It’s actually refreshing. Good luck! Hope you find relief. Spring is still my favorite season even with all the irritants.


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