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Change of Seasons

I always struggle with my allergies and asthma the beginning of spring. then things seem to level off until the beginning of fall. I love seeing the leaves change color and being outside as the temps cool off. It makes it had being outside when my allergy symptoms are at their worst. 

How do you enjoy the change of the seasons when it is hard to be outside?

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  • Pljohns

    Season changes are tough for me too-the end of Aug/first part of Sept has always been tough on me.  For some reason, every time I get sick, it’s Aug/Sept and then again in Jan.  I hope to make it through it this year.  I sort of try to enjoy the season from inside-would love to be outside but no way.

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Melissa, great question!  This is my first Sept with symptomatic asthma, so the plan is to continue using my vog mask so that I can do the outdoor things that I enjoy. I also have a follow up appt in October with my allergist so that she can determine if my asthma symptoms are subsiding, or if I need to continue to use the Q-var twice a day or if they'll lower the dose or the amount of times I take it each day. 

    Fall and Summer are my favorite seasons and I was sad when I thought about all of the time I spent indoors in June and part of July. 

    However, getting the vog mask has opened up my world. This past weekend, I took my DD to a Scottish festival…the air quality started out green and then transitioned to yellow and then after a while, transitioned to green again. I wore the mask when it was yellow which led to a couple of conversations about the mask with a few couples. The more I wear it, the more comfortable it is and the more fun I get to have because I'm not focused on my breathing. 

    Brenda

  • Melissa G

    I am going to be more aggressive with my allergy/sinus meds this fall. It's like my whole body gets involved this time of year…so frustrating. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Yikes, Melissa! I hate that your allergies seem to be worse.

    Brenda, so glad the mask is allowing you freedom!

    Lynn, there is that September asthma epidemic that leads to lots of people being hospitalized with asthma flares. I've fallen victim to worse asthma flares then — and in May, of all times. I've tracked down the cause to viral infections that tend to be circulating during that time of the year — so I basically become a germophobe until I'm past it. 

    This weekend, I started to check out in the grocery line … but then I noticed the little fella in the cart ahead of me was coughing all over the place. I waved, backed around and went to another line. 

    The thing I miss the most in the fall is how the days get shorter and I lose my window of opportunity to walk in the evenings — there's a short window where it's cooler and still daylight. In the fall (at least in the south), it's hot up until October — when it suddenly gets cold. It never failed when DD was little — Halloween would turn up cold enough for a jacket — but what kiddo wanted to mess up her princess outfit with a sensible coat?

  • Melissa G

    Cynthia, I agree! I don't like when it gets darker earlier…makes the night seem so much longer too. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Yep, that's me. I need daylight to function! I get so excited at the prospect of Dec. 20 or 21 … the shortest day of the year means that the days will get longer!

    The weather keeps teasing us with cooler days … but we're still in the throes of summer. I expect that the coming storms (two tropical storms are on the radar) will blow in cooler air in the next couple of weeks. 

  • Melissa G

    Our cooler weather is coming in this weekend. Will go from air conditioning to needing sweatshirts…..

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Today is a moldy cloudy type day. Good day to stay indoors . I have a chicken dinner meal thing in the oven. It will be done soon. Just have to reheat later. I am staying calm and keeping my mind and myself occupied. Hope everyone is doing well and taking care.  Debbie

  • LK

    It's very humid here today again and cooler at nights so the AC doesn't come on at all.  Both of those things contribute to the house feeling stuffy to me.  I don't like to have a fan on anymore since that stirs up any lingering dust.  Almost hope it warms up so the AC will come on!    

    Leaves are just starting to fall of the trees.  Don't know if that is from the long dry summer or if it's the shorter daylight hours.  Probably both!  

    I do love (well used to love) the cooler weather.  My lungs don't like it when the temps are below 65-70 degrees F depending on if it is windy.  

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Hi Lisa. Yes…the stuffy nose and cloggy airway and wheezing thing for me at 245 am when I got out of bed. Yuk! I know when it is cold outside I cover my face because the cold sucks the air out of my lungs like a vacuum. My DH limes the fan on but I don't think it's a good idea. It blows any particles all through the air.

  • Melissa G

    The weather is definitely cooling down here.  A little humid yesterday but not nearly as bad as it has been. We are supposed to get rain tomorrow and Tuesday, so not able to enjoy the cooler temps quite yet. But with the cooler temps brings fall allergies…

  • Melissa G

    looks like we are finally going to be getting some fall weather. We are going to go from the 80's to the 50's.  What happened when we use to have a slow cool down?

  • LK

    Melissa,  Not sure we ever have had a slow cool down to fall!    Our weather usually goes from hot summer to Brrrr overnight and then fluxuates back and forth for months it seems like.  Sometimes we get an Indian summer later and it warms back up again.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Hello! We were in the low 80s here yesterday. Today in the high 70s with horrible humidity. Tomorrow the high could only be 49°. Enough to make my head spin. 🌀 It is pouring like never before. Some leaves have fallen. After they dry they have to be cleaned up due to my mold allergy. So many ugly gross weird mushrooms growing outside too! I bet they cause me to have allergy problems too! I dress so that I can stay cooler if needed, but have a sweater handy in case I get chilly. Also having COPD means frequent fevers and chills after medications. I bring my hoodie everywhere with me. Stores can be too cold sometimes. Don't forget to wear a mask outside if it helps!!! Take care and be safe!

  • LK

    Good thought about the mask!  I did wear mine when I was outside today and when I went to pick up my online grocery order.  Probably because of the sudden change in the air, but even with my mask on, the air I was breathing felt chilly.  May need to put a scarf over it when it is so cold out.

  • LK

    What a nice change for you, Melissa!

    It's in the 40s today and finally stopped raining.  This weekend it's supposed to be down to freezing one or two nights.

  • Pljohns

    We have sunshine and FINALLY cooler temps-high today is 71 and low tonight is in the 40's.

  • LK

    Yes, I'm afraid I know that feeling, too!!    Used to absolutely LOVE the cool fall breezes!!  Now all I think about is "Where is my mask so I can breathe when it's this chilly outside!"  Self-preservation kicks in!    

  • Melissa G

    I saw this on facebook and thought it was so fitting since we have had such a drastic temperature change…..

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    This weekend was definitely chillier than I expected…my DD played soccer in 52 degree weather–I had to keep telling her to put on her hoodie when she wasn't playing…She said she was fine while running around (which I believe)…I put my mask on my face just to stay warm…and the air quality crept up to yellow zone, so I needed it anyways. I had to take a hot shower just to feel warm again! 

    I have a feeling that fall is here to stay, so I'm sorting through my DD's wardrobe and removed as many shorts as I can without her noticing too much. She still thinks that she can wear shorts to school–I get cold just looking at her!

    Brenda

  • Melissa G

    I hear ya Brenda! Josh came down in shorts on Friday, and I had to remind him that fall came in over night and he would need different clothes…. 

  • Melissa G

    Well, the temps have been on the cooler side, by mid-week the temps will be near 70! Then we are supposed to have a warmer than normal early November…..

  • Melissa G

    Cooler weather is here with rain yet again….. We haven't even able to dry out from the beginning of the weeks's rain. 

    Today has been the first day without a headache! yay! I took a second antihistamine before bed and sinus meds when I got up. I may have to do that to avoid the allergy/sinus pressure from all of this yucky weather. 

  • LK

    We have about 2" of snow on the ground and the northwest wind is howling today.  Tonight will be in the teens with wind chills in the single digits.  Welcome to winter!  Supposed to warm up to 40 by Sunday.  

    The snow this morning before the wind picked up.

  • LK
    Melissa G posted:

    Lisa, do you need help putting a picture in your post?

    Melissa,  I usually can attach a picture but I was on my phone and when I look at it on my phone is is an attachment, but on the computer came up in the body of the post instead of as an attachment.

    Any ideas are welcome!

  • Melissa G

    Lynn, me too. As much as I love the snow…it is still too early in the year for the white stuff. 

  • LK

    Time for the scarf over the mask! Broke out the heavy winter gloves, hat, etc. Wind chills in the 20s. Brrrr! 

  • Melissa G

    Lisa, I put the pic in your post…

    Apparently we only got fall for a few days…wintry mix coming on Thurs. Good thing we all have our winter clothes ready. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    It was 29 ° here early this morning. It snowed lightly for about half an hour. Now it is 54°. Go figure. Our bodies can't keep up with these changes. They try to adjust but I think sometimes it's too much. 

  • LK

    I second that, Deborah!  Snow, wind, warm, snow, freezing cold = not good for asthma!

  • Pljohns

    I am right there with all of you-near 80 one day and dropping through the 30's the next-in the good ol' South, that's too much-and my lungs know it!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Yoyo is right!!! This had been the worst fall for me yet. I am prepared with winter clothes. Have the scarves and gloves out. Then before you know it, here come the 60 degree days back.

  • LK

    This weather is feeling more like January and February than November!  It's 12 degrees F right now with a wind chill of 4!!!  ⛄️  Oh, Brrrrrrrr!!!!!  

    It is supposed to warm up to 50 by Friday, but makes one wonder what the winter will be like!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Gee Lisa…that's so very cold! Here it is 40 °and it has been pouring since after midnight. My backyard is flooded. This weather is not good for asthma sufferers. Bundle up and keep warm!

  • LK

    Sometimes makes me wish we still lived in northern Illinois.  It seemed like once it got cold up there it just stayed cold until spring, which admittedly was a long way off!    

    Here the temperatures always go up and down all winter.  Never can pack away any mid-season clothes because you never know when it'll be back in the 50s-60s or down in the deep freeze.

    Is it supposed to rain all day, Deborah?  Hope not!!