*Aitchoo* My Word of the Week

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We’ve had a SneezeFest here at chez Mummyshire this week thanks to the increasing amount of wild flower pollen around *Aitchoo*

I’ve never suffered from hayfever badly before until I had the children and moved to Oxfordshire, and unfortunately this week it has been going into overdrive *aitchoo*

Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not complaining about the arrival of summer and these lovely warm days, or eating al fresco, but I’m not happy with the inbetween rainy days.  The rain is causing the wild flowers and shrubs to grown like triffids, and it’s this pesky pollen which is making me sneeze.

The wild flowers and nettles on the Phoenix Trail walk to school are almost thigh high in places and as pollen dust rises in the morning, so does my propensity to sneeze.  I may have to resort to wearing a balaclava and sunglasses as a pollen defence barrier!

The sneezing episodes start with a tingle in the bridge of my nose, followed by an itch in my throat, my eyes narrow and then *aitchoo*, between four and six full blown, body shaking sneezes in a row.  Unfortunately throughout the day it also brings with it a blocked up nose, runny eyes and a sore throat.  Really, it’s not pleasant and any mascara I manage to apply pre 8.30am ends up smeared around by eyes by 9.15!

The irony is that prior to my move out here, living in a pollution filled City my nose was fine.  Yet here, surrounded by beautiful countryside there are times when I’d rather stay inside!

Unfortunately Little Mister is now showing similar hayfever signs. I could cope with a summer of snotty noses, but he has suffered asthma in the past and Hayfever can be a major trigger.

So, if I don’t have any joy with our pharmacist today I’m off to buy some balaclavas – I hope they do them in pink floral for summer!

Hope you had a lovely week


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  • chickenruby

    i do hope you adjust to all the pollen and it’s not going to effect you every year, strange to think that the pollution in London didn’t cause you any issues

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Haha I sneeze on cue! Husband and I have this too and I am hoping my son wont get it. We both been doing this non stop and its so tiring to sneeze whole day and my back hurts already! #wotw

  • The Reading Residence

    Oh no, not nice at all. Mine finished in early May and I was glad to see the back of it. Sorry to hear that your suffering is just beginning. Hope you have some joy at the pharmacists. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • MummyShire

      Oh another fellow sufferer. Isn’t it odd what pollens make us suffer?! It can be awful to be grumpy just as the weather turns and starts being gorgeous, so this week I shall get on top of this Hayfever business!
      Thanks for the lovely linky, as always. Have a lovely week x

  • Sarah Christie

    I suffer more at this time of year but my eyes stream, it is so annoying people are always asking if I am crying if I forget to take a hay fever tablet xx

  • Karen

    Fingers crossed mine has been mild so far this year… hope you feel better soon

  • Kim Carberry

    Oh no! Hayfever is the worst….I hope you feel better soon x

    • MummyShire

      Thanks! I’ve never had it to bad and am surprised just how irritating it can be when all you. Want to do is be outside!

  • Pickinguptoys

    Oh dear,hayfever is awful isn’t it!I always end up with massive puffy eyes.Bad times x#wotw

    • MummyShire

      Yes the eyes can be bad, sometimes it looks like I’ve been crying my eyes are so puffy and it’s only 9am!

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