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Two things

I was sitting in the allergy clinic of the London Chest Hospital, eyes streaming, sneezing and wheezing, voice half an octave lower and the doctor looks at me, with a straight face, and says, "Mr Dempsey, you don't have any allergies."

Actually, what I have is an allergy that they can't detect, but apparently I don't have asthma, just low resistance to chest infections. Why this should hit me hardest at the change of seasons, particularly in winter, is not clear at all. Maybe I'll try some digging. Still, cetirizine hydrochloride works even if it does make me a bit gormless.

The other thing is that I just got a phone call offering me a new job, on promotion with a 25% pay rise (into the 40% tax band) at BERR. I didn't think I'd done a particularly good job at the interview, having had to take antihistamines beforehad, but I did make my prospective line manager laugh. Hurrah.

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uthoroc
May. 30th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm quite a bit allergic myself (pollen and several foodstuffs), though certainly nowhere near as bad as you.

Just for the heck of it, I tried a Bioresonance therapy this year (a homeopathic treatment), despite being very sceptic about stuff like this. Stef was trying it to help with high blood pressure and I just went along, thinking it can hardly hurt after all.

Now, I'm practically symptom free, despite having extremely high pollen levels in Germany this year. I used to get stretches of sneezing and runny eyes that almost incapacitated me. Not anymore.

I have no evidence that the therapy is the cause of this, except for the coincidence of time. I'm just totally happy, I can spend unlimited time outdoors again in the spring.

I have no idea of your interest in alternative medicine, but I thought I'd mention my experience.
uthoroc
May. 30th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
Ah... and congrats on the new job. :)
thefon
May. 30th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats and commiserations.
whollyrandom
May. 30th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the new job, commiserations on the allergies (I've had a bad attack this week, sufficiently so that I sat around for several hours thinking 'I have no medication. Bummer' rather than asking MG where my medication was - I don't think very clearly once I stop breathing) and blast you for making me buy Trail of Cthulhu.
gbsteve
May. 30th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
The weird thing about the allergy is that it only started 3 weeks ago. I'd not ever had it that bad before. It almost sounds psychosomatic.

I tried piriton at first and that turned me into a complete zombie. It was almost funny. I got sent home from work with the recommendation to not cross any roads.

As for Trail of Cthulhu, another convert! Haha. I think Mutant City Blues is potentially an even more interesting game. I will make you buy that too.
whollyrandom
May. 30th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yup, looks like a purchase. I only just managed to put Esoterrorists back on the shelf when I visited Leisure Games at lunchtime on the grounds that there is no chance that I will ever play it ...
whollyrandom
May. 30th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
As for Piriton, doesn't make me drowsy but then almost no medication does. My wife has occasionally been astonished at my ability to take allergy medication marked "Caution: Do not Operate Heavy Machinery, Drive or Think Hard" without noticeable ill effects.

Heck, the only medication I've ever taken that's made me drowsy is general anaesthetic ...
scimon
May. 30th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
I've got that, I sneeze a lot and am bunged up year round. Antihistamines and Nasal Steroids keep it under control so they know it's an allergy. They just don't know to what.

Now I just need to get round to redoing my repeat prescription.
timgray
May. 30th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
1. Boo!
2. Yay!
simonjrogers
May. 30th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Excellent. Moving into a higher tax band means that you are less likely to get ill, too.
kruku
May. 30th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the job:)

I love the medical profession:
"Mr Dempsey, you don't have any allergies."

I've had similar problems with Drs and when come out with things like that I am tempted to say:
'This is not a hammer and I am not going to kneecap you with it if I don't get some proper medical teatment'.

Does the lack of success with the medical fraternity mean you're going to cover yourself in suspicious noxious ointments and recite the lord's prayer backwards several times in order to affect an alternative cure?
lucyas
Jun. 1st, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the new job!
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