Friday, November 07, 2014

Who else is gonna do it?

If my hands look this bad after merely touching a pine tree,
imagine what my lungs look like when I inhale dust. 
Okay, call me a nerd if you want, but this is the kind of stuff that consumes my life, and not by by choice.  

Those who know me probably don't know that I'm allergic to just about everything outside, including pine trees.  Surely pine trees don't set off asthma and allergy attacks, but they do cause my skin to break out in hives.  

Just so you know, this is the sort of punishment I am forced to endure just trying to be a normal guy.  Here I am, home alone with no wife and no kids, so I decide to take advantage of my time and rake the leaves under the pine trees. A normal guy would think nothing of it, and work until the job was done.  

Well, as much as the politically correct asthma and allergy experts like to say "you can live a normal life with asthma and allergies," that's not necessarily true.

To me, however, this is not a big deal, as I've been dealing with it for 44 years.  I know if I just wait it out the itching will eventually go away. But imagine for a moment a kid having to deal with this sort of thing.

Sure I'd like to continue raking leaves like a normal guy, but I'm forced to find other ways of occupying my time, such as I'm doing here by writing this frivolous post. Just don't make fun of me if my yard never gets done, or if you see my wife raking leaves and me watching the kids. 

The bottom line is that guys with allergies still have to get things done.  Either they can piss and moan about it, hire someone to do it, or just do it and deal with the consequences.  In my case, I guess it's obvious I chose the later.  

This kind of reminds me of a conversation I had with my Uncle Mickey after he fell off a roof when he was in his 70s. I said, half joking: "What's did you fall off a roof for?"

He said, "It needed to be fixed, and who else is going to do it?"

Point made.  

1 comment:

  1. Yes definitely people with asthma or allergies do face problems in daily life..keeping the inhaler handy and following a few basic steps can reduce the intensity of asthma problems for sure.