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Sniffles [Mar. 23rd, 2016|11:53 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz says I can't have hay fever because it's the wrong time of year, but there must be something in the natural environment I'm allergic to because I seem to get the sniffles at the start of every Spring. They came on me last night in the wolf hours when everything seems desperate and insurmountable- and I wrestled with them for an hour or so before getting up and making myself a cup of tea and spending an hour with a good book.

I'm reading Conan Doyle's People of the Mist- in which the heroes of The Lost World- Prof Challenger et al-  become converts to Spiritualism. It's not so much a novel as a fictionalisation of Doyle's own adventures in psychical research. The chapter about the haunted house is terrific. 
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-03-23 11:55 am (UTC)
I too have sniffles due to a slight hay fever allergy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-23 11:57 am (UTC)
The sniffles are a bore but losing sleep because of them is really debilitating.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2016-03-23 12:03 pm (UTC)
I shall have to give that book a try - I've not read it yet.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-23 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying it- and planning to track down more of Doyle's spiritualist writings.
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[User Picture]From: kissxbangxbangx
2016-03-23 01:24 pm (UTC)
Just a random drive-by comment as your post was on LJ's front page, but you can indeed get hayfever this early in the year! If just depends which kind of pollen you're allergic to. If you're allergic to grass pollen it probably won't kick in until late spring/early summer, but certain trees start releasing their pollen in March. I got it in March where I used to live - presumably there were trees there releasing pollen I was allergic too - but don't usually get it until April or May now, although I started feeling a bit hayfevery earlier this month for a bit.

So there you go, it could be hayfever!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-23 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Yes, I don't think it's a coincidence that I get this way just as the trees are waking up.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2016-03-23 02:12 pm (UTC)
maybe this will work where you are
"https://www.pollen.com" i have juniper and poplar

maybe this is better for you
"http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/health/public/pollen-forecast"

could be that combined with air pressure change
"https://weather.com/maps/satellite/unitedkingdom-weather-map"

hope you feel better sooner
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-23 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. We have a lot of trees around us, including some of the species that will be discharging pollen right now.

Ah well....
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2016-03-23 03:52 pm (UTC)
After saying for most of my life that I don't suffer from hay fever, since the wood grew up beyond our back garden, I've been forced to admit that I am affected by tree pollen. See my icon for how many trees surround our house. The sniffles have already started. :(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-24 09:38 am (UTC)
I used to tell myself I was particularly vulnerable to catching colds in early spring....
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2016-03-23 02:36 pm (UTC)
It's not the wrong time of the year for pollen allergies (a better term than hay fever). Trees pollinate very early and tree pollen is some of the most reactive. A mild antihistamine might be of help. I've had pollen allergies since I was a child.
It could also be mould spores.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-23 03:47 pm (UTC)
We have a lot of trees round here. If it's tree pollen I'm allergic to then all is explained.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2016-03-23 04:06 pm (UTC)
It's very possible!
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2016-03-23 05:30 pm (UTC)
I have allergies at the beginning of spring and the end of summer, myself.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-24 09:30 am (UTC)
It's tiresome, isn't it!
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2016-03-23 07:38 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of molds in the air in the damp and warmth of spring. I get wheezy and phlegmy in the spring too. It could be leafy stuff too as the trees bud out. My bet is mold spores though.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-24 09:34 am (UTC)
I suppose it could be mould. I've opted for the trees because I understand them better. :)
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2016-03-24 01:08 am (UTC)
Does Land of the Mist stand on its own, or should I re-read* The Lost World first?

*I think I read it about four decades ago
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-03-24 09:30 am (UTC)
It stands alone. Doyle wanted to write a book about spiritualism and had these characters to hand and decided to reuse them. Their former adventures are referred to on the opening page and then forgotten.
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2016-03-24 10:21 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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