In previous springs and early summers, I’ve had to take pills just to keep my sinuses from completely clogging up and my eyes from turning red and itchy, but for some reason, I have yet to experience any of those symptoms – even though I’m not on any medication. Maybe it’s because we’ve had such a weird spring here in Sweden (basically non-existent) and the trees (I think alder and birch are the main villains for me) haven’t gotten around to pestering my nasal passages. I’m not sure that I really care – I’m just happy I don’t have to eat pills every day just to keep from turning in to a big pile of mucus.
I think back on previous years and the only thing that I can pinpoint as being different this year is the fact that I’m no longer eating meat. I decided not to eat meat in August of 2012 (partly out of concern for my own well-being and partly due to the ethical implications of systematically breeding and slaying other beings for no good reason). I don’t want to say that it’s because I no longer eat meat that I haven’t been affected by the pollen so far this year, but it’s the only thing I can think of as being a possible cause for my “recovery”.
Regardless of what is responsible for making my springs and early summers more bearable, I’m just happy that they are.