Whew -- although i'm awake and it's the middle of the night, i'm feeling MUUUUUCH better. The DOH reports mold and ragweed readings still in the "high" range but grass pollen has dropped down to "moderate." For the most part, i've been trying to eat a lower histamine/tyramine diet, but i've made a few additions -- and i even got a little accidental mold contact in the house in the last 12 hours!
Part of the improvement MAY be attributable to a short fasting period i enjoyed yesterday -- on Tuesday evening we ate a whole duck between us (cooked in a "new" and wonderful way as described in Dana Carpender's "Five Hundred Paleo Recipes" "Unsightly but Delicious Duck").... Well, eat half a duckling, and you're not going to be hungry again for quite some time! I drank mostly black coffee until Wednesday dinner, at which time i couldn't even finish my (admittedly huge) ribeye steak ... though i polished off my share of the swiss chard with asian spices that J prepared to go with it. With this i allowed myself about eight or nine ounces of petite syrah ... oh, and twice during the afternoon (when i started to feel hunger again) i had a small square of the egg-cheese-jalapeno preparation that's on my recipe page. Yum.
I started working on the next house-rehab project -- the downstairs powder room where the wallpaper started to fail. That's where i found the mold, behind the toilet (which is under the window). Some of the previous owners' rehabs have been very poorly done, and every time i pull down old wallpaper i find things that make me roll my eyes in disbelief. Friends, if you have to make repairs to old plaster walls, do yourself a favor and put a layer a primer between it and your new wallpaper.... I'm surprised my sinuses didn't start screaming at me, working in that tiny airless room, up-close-and-personal with mildew ... or whatever it was.
Got back to sleep around 5:30 and got a few more hours -- and i still feel very good! :-) I guess my next experimental move will be to [gasp] go outdoors for a little while. We'll see if the summer heat (which finally arrived) makes me feel crummy again.
My husband, though, says he now feels symptoms of a chest-cold and has for a couple of days -- dating to when we got the new vacuum cleaner and air filter. Although our rugs and therefore the air we breathe are much cleaner now, there's no doubt i stirred up some almost-literal "old shit" (the stuff that Spense scratched off himself, which then got trodden into the carpets). This may be an indication that he's catching something i just got over. Bear in mind that J almost NEVER gets sick -- he's got the most robust body i've ever heard of, even compared to my mother's 90 years of generally good health! Back in the days he was smoking, he was always able to blow the lung-testing machine to the top of its scale, whereas i (nonsmoker) barely got it into the "normal" range. I'm grateful he's learned tolerance of my wimpiness!
Today's pollen and mold have been reported -- mold and grass pollen have both moderated and only ragweed is still high. Quality of life continues to improve. ;-)
Doing a last proofread while sitting down for awhile -- just got finished making more mayo and oopsie rolls, and clarifying the duck fat i saved the other day. Also reclarified the last tallow i saved, but alas it's developed a little rancid smell -- this will get saved in the "ordinary tallow" bag for use in my new betty lamp, or making candles. Damn.