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G. Niblock on the L41 TipSUP Noserider. Photo: J. Chandler

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Damn Acacias!

What great Spring weather we had last week! It was warm and sunny, I even got to wear board shorts and slaps after my last surf session on Wednesday. But I spied an ominous site on my way home. The acacias had burst into full bloom, yellow pollen was everywhere...and I'm allergic to acacia.

It is a well known fact that in Latin from the Greek, acacia is translated "thorn," as in thorn in my side. Sticking me for what or why, or why me, I just don't know. By Friday I was losing my voice, by the weekend I was mute and looking down the barrel of a nasty head cold. No surfing was in my immediate future, dry land was my fate.

No big thought I, it's gonna rain and blow out. It rained, it didn't blow out, and the yellow pollen powder ran in rivers down my driveway, then dried in cake runs of hardened dust when it was over. The surf smallened, but there were lots of rideable waves. On Monday the swell came up, the weather cleared and it blew offshore like it meant it all morning.

All I got were these pictures which in my allergized condition, were enough to get me through.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Gary,

    Sorry to hear of your pollen induced troubles. I too just started my spring time bout with pollen.

    Monday was good all over town. I got some fun ones after work.

    Ahh... Chooo!

    -Ron

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  2. I hope this isn't going to be one of those uber-pollinated Spring seasons. Have you ever taken anything for it like Claritin? I tried it once and didn't like it much. Have you heard of anything else like it? Seems like the older I get the more susceptible to allergies I become.

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  3. Gary,

    I've got seasonal allergies out on the East Coast. I've never liked the side effects from Claritin either, but I've found zyrtec really effective, with no side effects, and it's been available over the counter for a year or so now.

    Richard

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  4. Hey Richard,

    Thanks for the tip! I'll give zyrtec a try.
    g

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  5. Gary,
    I don't like Claritin's side-effects either, but it does work. I have allergy-induced asthma (no fun). I take Advair (before bed) and Albuterol (before exercise) for the asthma.

    This is a really early start to the season for me. I usually don't start sneezing for another month.

    -RD

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  6. Sorry to hear that RD, especially about the early start. I've managed to avoid a cold all Winter so far, I hope Spring doesn't turn out to be the "real" cold season. Thanks for the update.
    g

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  7. Hi Gary, I miss reading your posts and I'll put in my experience with allergies here in Santa Cruz. After trying all sorts of stuff I have found the best success with NAET treatment. This is a form of accupuncture, and may seem a little far out but it worked for me. check it out. Locally I have gone to Duane Byrd http://byrdacupuncture.com/ and it has made all the difference. Good luck,

    Eric

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  8. Thanks for the comment Eric. I've tried acupuncture in the past (for another issue) with limited results. I've been landlocked 'cause my laryngitis turned into a sinus infection which for me is par for the course in February. So I'm treating this outbreak of allergy induced illness with a short course of antibiotics and an ongoing (during allergy season) course of nasal spray called Nasonex. If I get positive results I'll have to remember to get the Nasonex going every January in preparation for allergy season....early!

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