Here i am, concerned about something left in my diet which is causing allergic annoyances. and i completely dropped the ball. Yes, i went to the local department-of-health pollen-and-mold site, and saw nothing particularly noteworthy -- what i failed to do was take a drive outside my usual dog-walking route.
Yesterday i finally caved in, and went to do some shopping for the new tyrosine supplement, various meat supplies, and kitchen notions. The warm spring weather here has caused Nature to rejoice in her usual way, encouraging blossoms of all sorts, flora and fauna, to multiply themselves. Yes, the city is abloom with things that DON'T get listed with the DOH: Bradford pear, for one.
The way-too-short time i lived in Tulsa, our property abounded with the trees; looking out the bedroom window, you would have thought a snowstorm was raging, the view was so white. That first spring resulted in no misery, but every succeeding spring that i've been around the things, they've driven me crazy.
Not only do new allergies pop up when we're overexposed to stimuli, the tricky bit is that they're also CUMULATIVE. Pollen X or mold Y or food Z may not pull the trigger, but get all of them going at once, and suffering takes on a whole new form. I learned this when we lived on the gulf coast of Texas, where it seems that NOTHING EVER DIES ... in the microscopic world, anyway. You never get a break from the mold, mildew, algae, etc etc. The ubiquitous oak trees pollinate THREE TIMES A YEAR. Then there's the ragweed, goldenrod, yarrow.... Fighting fleas and roaches is an endless battle.
So the unpleasant surprise concerning an unknown allergen in my VERY limited diet is most likely a minor sensitivity when the landscape is covered with snow or heatwaves, instead of flowers. I'll stay away from things i know (or suspect) to be irritating in small doses: nightshades, citrus, eggs, nuts, chocolate, perfumes, whatever. I'll have to be cozier, though, with one of the few pharmaceuticals i depend on anymore -- Benedryl!