music for the indoors

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it’s absolutely gorgeous outside! and i can’t wait to escape! but not quite, not when the damn area is looking like this…
BADBADpollen

Anyhow, below is simply my ramblings regarding my allergy. You can ignore as you wish :-).

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My experience with doctors in the US has been that they’re very quick to give you medicine, and as soon as you come in to say no this doesn’t work and more importantly you would like to understand why something is not working with your system, they’ll be quick to offer yet another drug.. At least this was the case 10 years ago when suddenly out of nowhere i got majorly attacked by “allergy” after a super windy day back in 2005 and landed repeatedly in the doctor’s office with all sorts of medications that didn’t work. It actually started way back 20 years ago during another major very sudden breakdown with repeated tests showing no results and some 20 various ineffective drugs being prescribed, until one finally magically worked! The only problem is that it would put one to sleep for 20 consecutive hours and you never know when and in what condition you’d wake up to.. so I’ve always been using it very sparingly as a total reboot during emergency. But a bit more readings last year resulted in something less potent with the same generic ingredient, with only 14-hr consecutive sleep.

What started all of this? After “collecting” self data for 10 years, i now have a theory as well as (still-in-progress) methods 🙂 .
Theory:
Why the system goes beserk: Lack of exposure. Exactly 10 years ago i finally hunkered down to write up the thesis. That’s the problem, too much sitting indoor, as we all do. Before that you could spot me practically out on the mountain hiking or in the field playing sports every weekend in all seasons. Blame it on the thesis, the consistent back pain and allergy due to lack of exposure.

As to why the body fails exponentially so quickly, I’m still clueless. The system can be categorized into 4 levels. Relatively speaking mine is not life-threatening. Yet it takes me off completely from being functional so i guess it’s a major self-issue to have to address every year.
(I) being well + happy self
(II) in alert with runny nose
(III) non-functional nose, highly unstable
(IV) non-functional eyes + nose, eye infection, on anti-biotic, in isolation, fighting every hour/day hoping the next will be better. Occasional visits to urgent-care.

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year 2013 data

A lot of self-tests have been conducted in attempts to not reach level (IV) and all so far has failed (except this year?? still counting days..). But it’s now established that once pollen gets to high level it’s imperative for me to avoid: (1) Air Conditioning, (2) Flights, especially trans continent = long, (3) (eventually) allergy medication (!!). In fact (3) is a very interesting problem, in that we all know these antihistamine drugs function to shut down the particular things that caused runny nose + watering eyes. Yet strangely the balance is such that it will work up to a certain point until the negative effect (on me) works the same way as (2) in creating dryness, which escalates into level (III) & (IV) in a matter of days. If you’re a doctor, perhaps you can help explain. Otherwise, i guess the self-test is the way to check what works and when..

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Year 2014; arrived in Paris in bad conditions, recovered 4/Jun

So, every year, i hold my breath as the damn trees replace their leaves. It’s clock work sadly, as seen in data from the previous 3 years. Predictively it goes like this (for Boston, for Los Angeles it’s 1.5 month earlier): system ok as pollen ramps up, level (II) reached around 23/Apr , level (III) reached between 1/May-7/May, level (IV) hit around 10/May-20/May, isolation + fighting, down to level (III) until into the first week of June. How to get out of level (III) is also still an unknown factor. As far as I can remember, it has to be some kind of shock to the system: 2009: I can’t remember, that was the toughest year.., 2010: a day-long bike trip with buddies, 2011: a visit with DTO in Toronto, 2012: opening night of Capuleti with VK in Munich, 2013: big bicycle accident that cracked rib + losing big chunks of skins, 2014: intense short hike up the mountains in Grenoble. I’m still holding my breath for this year. Every day is still quite unpredictable as to what condition I’ll wake up to but may be the system could sort itself out? If not, still need to stay in hiding until this damn curve comes down, perhaps 1 more week trapped inside?

I used to freak out every time a common cold causing runny-nose, thinking it would escalate into level III and IV. An interesting yet accidental discovery up on the Alps with wild flowers solved this mystery immediately, system confidence builder :), it’s working flawlessly fine :-). Generally speaking, I’ve now enough data to know that the system is not a wreck and will recover on its own when catching a cold as long as there is no pollen around. When there’s pollen, it’s imperative to start with very low doses of medication as soon as (II) hits. But (II) will still persist until a small exposure to AC or being on a flight or a small over-dose of med that would just kick it into level (III). Between (III) and (IV) is a thin line, incredible self-resistance is needed and must be done in isolation. Don’t bother visiting me during this time. In fact the idea is to run the hell out of here as soon as level (II) hits but NOT come back until all coast is cleared. Else the long flight will simply ruin everything, as is the case this year…

year 2015, still in progress..

year 2015, still in progress..

Where to go next year? I’ll have to plot up. But Aix-en-Provence was very nice to my system. As was Salzburg last year in 20degC. Actually anywhere where it’s 25-30degC and extremely humid WITHOUT blooming, oh how i wish.

Oh, and the music link: I did manage to escape the apartment for 1 night 2 days ago for a lovely concert at the NEC to hear this particular cello concerto, and have been paying the price the last couple of days.. but there’s hope.. Was very beautiful music of course, with the tune stuck in head since.

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About thả diều
writing-challenged opera-addict

12 Responses to music for the indoors

  1. stray says:

    Has anybody suggested this? It’s worked pretty well for one of my coworkers.

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    • thả diều says:

      i’m thinking about it more and more now, at first i didn’t think i need, but it seems quite a reasonable alternative, my friend here also has it and said it significantly improves her conditions.

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    • thả diều says:

      unrelated, you’ll be here during pride parade, let me know if you might want to check out 😉

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      • stray says:

        Oh right! Every time these two events converge I think BEMF really should field a float. Such a wasted opportunity!

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        • thả diều says:

          i’m not sure.. given their record this year of uniformly cleaning out mezzo/contralto in trouser roles (i still miffing!! )
          Anyhow, can’t remember what happened by i’ve missed the parade the last 2 years or so.. will do a walk through prior to my bemf event at 2.30pm. Let me know if you (and your envoy?) would like to join, good company makes it much more fun 🙂

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          • stray says:

            Exactly why they need to be involved, maybe it would inspire them to fix their chronic mezzo deficit.

            And yes, it would be fun with the Envoy, so I’ll run it by her and see what she says.

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          • thả diều says:

            if being on a float can make it more enticing i can work on getting us on one 😉 (think i was part of the parade for 3 years in boston, and countless times in LA.., you don’t get to see a whole lot but you get to be center of attention if dressed up nicely 😉 )
            now i’m excited, let me look for skin-paint to get a rainbow flag on my face, you gals can have too 😀

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          • thả diều says:

            ps- i’m actually so much more excited at the idea of being able to run around outdoor!! can’t wait for June!!

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          • stray says:

            Nah, I’m a New Englander, we save the center of attention for other people LOL

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          • thả diều says:

            you never know the diva side hidden within 😉

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          • stray says:

            Trust me, the Envoy got all the Diva. And her response to the suggestion was something on the order of “Oh hell yeah”.

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          • thả diều says:

            briiiing it on, i in good health, i soooo stoked! looking forward very much to seeing you (and Envoy da Diva!)

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