Strange things happen to you as you age. While many people suffer from allergies their entire lives, I have always been super healthy. I’m the guy Blue Cross makes money off. Sure I have aches and pains (mostly job related) but as far as being chronically ill, it doesn’t happen to me.
So imagine my shock when at a recent eye exam the Doc recommends READING GLASSES! I have always had great pride in my vision. I could see the lettering on highway signs before the Oberfrau could see the sign. Now reading is a constant battle to move the book just the right distance away so the letters don’t blur together. You have got to be kidding me.
Now the other day the boy wasn’t feeling well. I was at work as usual when I got the call he was feeling badly. When I got home I got the rundown on his symptoms: headache, nausea, vomiting. He’s like me in the sense that he is rarely sick. Mom gave him some kid medicine and he went to bed. Slept through the night and woke up fit as a fiddle.
Fast forward to today. About an hour after I woke up I could feel a headache coming over me. I started thinking about the boy and his symptoms and sure enough I had the same thing. I spent the entire morning on the couch, shivering with a pounding headache, hoping to hurl my guts up. (I didn’t). It really felt like my eyes were being pushed out of my head from behind. It’s one of those headaches where the light makes it worse.
The Oberfrau seems to think it’s allergies since it’s the beginning of the allergy season. So far the predictions are for a severe season this year. If it is, it really sucks because I have never been knocked down by allergies like that before. I really feel bad for the boy as well because I know how bad he felt and it sucks.
It’s a little past noon and I have to work tonight. I have a few hours to start feeling better because I’ll most likely be up half of the night. There’s nothing worse than having a headache in the firehouse. It makes for a brutal shift.
I guess it’s only down hill from here. Sigh.