I have a theory. After blowing my nose one hundred times tonight, not because it is dripping or running, but just for the luxury of being able to breath through it for one fleeting breath before it stuffs back up, I have decided that the reason it is stuffing up is to prevent me from inhaling more of the terrible pollen swarming around the farm here.
For the past month the only times I have been able to breath through my nose are those that I am either on the water or in the city. At one point a while back, it was so bad that I could not even open my eyes long enough to see what the botanist, conducting a tour of the nature reserve I am living at, was talking about. That little field trip almost killed me.
To make it worse (or maybe better depending on how you look at it) I had a helluva cold last week. Usually a cold for me just means a runny nose. I have seen on TV sitcoms where people have a cold and are laying in bed. I thought it was just a part of the joke. I have had co-workers call in sick to work because they have a cold. I thought they were just wusses or lazy. I have never had a cold that caused me to miss any of my daily activities (other than breathing through my nose). This cold kicked my butt though. It was wonderful to feel such extreme misery, knowing of course that it would be over in a day (I am a fast healer).
So, my point was... combined with the hay fever, the most evilest cold I have ever had almost killed me. But I survived.
I still have the hay fever, and I have been resisting taking some manufactured medicine containing crap no one really understands. Sure it would help me to feel better now, but in the long run it would do little other than make me reliant on some expensive chemicals for the rest of my life.
Not that there are any alternatives. I went into the eco-butik (the organic goods shop here) and asked for some herbal medicine that would cure it. Henrick (the owner and my landlord) showed me some supplements that would make me more "in-balance" and make me stronger so that next year when spring rolls around I wont suffer as much. Of course, for that to work, I also have to change my diet.
At first this sounds unacceptable. But think about it. Here we are doing whatever we want, eating whatever chemicals we want to eat, breathing whatever toxins we want to breathe, always with the expectation that someone will make some drug that will fix any problems that arise from our unnatural behavior. These drugs in turn lead to some other problem that requires some other drugs. And the cycle goes on.
Is there something to changing our lifestyle to fit more with the natural systems of the earth? Is there a benefit to living within the constraints of the ecosystem (the key there being the word "system")? Is there a reason that allergies have increased between 50 and 70 percent in the last two decades? Could it have anything to do with our attitude of do whatever we want and fix it later?
I don't really know the answer. In fact the only thing I do know is that today when I went into town I resisted, once again, the almost insane urge to buy some drugs to fix problems that many have claimed to fix by simply changing their lifestyle. I don't know how much longer I will be able to resist though... I am taking the balancing vitamins. I am eating healthier than ever before (not for the allergies, but just because I eat at the eco-cafe every day). Still, I have not had one morning in three weeks where I can open my eyes without first picking off all the eye-boogers.
The photos are from a few days ago when I helped rescue a sail boat from an Island where it was shipwrecked. Wednesday I will join the owner (in the photo steering the boat) and my new housemate in a three day sailing tour of the the islands.