Monday, 11 March 2013

What the dickens was that?

Yesterday, we had the usual morning of Aikido followed by a quick trip to the post office then lunch and then the supermarket. When we went into the supermarket, it was a beautifully sunny day, blue skies, nice and warm.
When we came out the sky was yellow and the wind had picked up, two minutes later we were driving home in this....


Crazy stuff, we could hardly see and it all happened so quickly. There had been reports that contaminated yellow sand was blowing in from China so we thought it must be that. It turns out that it was due to freak weather conditions, it had been really warm then there was a sudden cold front move in which forced the warm air to rise and as it did so it picked up all the dirt and sand. It is winter here and very dry, it was also really windy which wasn't helping matters. 

I was rather annoyed that this all happened and I had left the laundry outside! Lucky none of it had blown away but it was covered in sand/dirt so I had to bring it in, beat the dirt out of it then vacuum everywhere - oh joy!

Not only do we have crazy sandstorms, the pollen count has been really high this week and so I have taken to leaving the house looking like this...


Until 2 years ago I had never had hay fever, an allergy to lavender but not hay fever. After the earthquake I got it really bad and have had it each year since. It is horrid, I spend most of the day wanting to scratch my eyes out and blowing my nose. The drugs the doctor gave me the first time were waaay too strong and just knocked me out. I tried some over-the-counter meds and they gave me migraines so I went back to the doc, this time he gave me nasal spray, which does seem to help and some herbal medicine. 
When I went back to the doc, he suggested the spray and then said "You could try the Chinese herbal medicine" shook his head and  continued "ahhh but you are not Japanese" 
Nothing gets past you hey doc? He must have seen my confused expression because he explained himself - he thought westerns might not be open to trying traditional Eastern medicine! To be honest, I was at the point that I would have tried ANYTHING.

I used to love the spring here now it is just misery and then we have the horrible summer to contend with, oh well, it will soon be autumn again! I need a second home obviously. If you have any cures or ways of relieving kafunsho/hayfever please leave a comment and I will love you forever!

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