The other day I rearranged the furniture in my room. It took a long time because I also had to clean the mess I made while moving the stuff around. For a day afterwards, I had a stuffed nose, irritable eyes and a general ‘I don’t feel so good’ feeling. I realized that I might be having an allergic reaction to all the dust that was thrown up during the process of fixing up my room. I went to the drug store to get a non-sedating anti-histamine (loratadine) and I’ve since felt a lot better.
I realized retrospectively that I had been suffering from a mild allergy for a few weeks now. I sometimes needed an inhaler and a nasal decongestant spray to get to sleep comfortably because my airways felt ‘tighter’ around the time I got to bed. I didn’t think much of this at the time, thinking that I was just being fastidious, but with the loratadine the breathing problem vanished and I woke up today feeling fresher and more alert than I had felt in a while. The allergy had been draining me of strength and even though I resorted to an inhaler and a decongestant at night, it never occurred to me to think I might have an allergy.
It’s strange how doctors loose their objectivity when it comes to their own health.
On another note, while writing this entry my Orange Card for the Step 1 exam arrived along with an orientation CD. I’ll formally schedule the test date soon.