There will be a short delay in the Leverage post; my allergies kicked in, and the only medication that’s keeping me breathing is also keeping me sleeping. Yes, I tried Claritin; doesn’t do a thing for me. Back when I figure out how to stay awake.

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On April 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm Kelly S said...

Claritin does do anything for me either. I take Allegra and nasonex daily, year round. Allergies are picking up. I’ve had to start using my inhaler too. Hope you feel better & that your allergies are only temporary!

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On April 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm M said...

No worries. It’s very understandable. I’m a zyrtec daily plus benadryl and/or eyedrops boost when necessary. And it’s been necessary lots lately.
Pollen vortex is way too cute a name for the badness.

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On April 14, 2014 at 5:52 am HJ said...

Have you tried Cetirizine HydroChloride? Sold under the name Zirtek, but much cheaper bought under the generic name. It is a different chemical to Clarytin so may help. There are several different anti-histamines to which each person reacts differently.

The other thing I find invaluable, and which may be less likely to cause drowsiness, is a nasal spray which contains azelastine. It takes effect really quickly. I use it in conjunction with the tablets on really bad days, but often on its own.

All the best!

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On April 14, 2014 at 7:26 am Deborah Blake said...

I can’t tolerate any of the allergy med except old-fashioned chlorephenarimine (Cholortrimaton) which knocks me right out. Most I just blow my nose a lot.

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On April 14, 2014 at 7:37 am lee said...

I need to know what to watch now that I polished off Leverage. I’m pining for more Parker and Hardison. And Sterling.

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On April 14, 2014 at 10:19 am Peggy said...

If you have Netflix, I enjoy White Collar and Burn Notice, which both have similar elements (White Collar is about a con man who works for the FBI to help track down other criminals, and it also builds community among the main characters; Burn Notice is about a burned spy to does “jobs” to help the downtrodden while trying to figure out why he got burned (kicked out of the CIA), and it also builds community among the main characters). If you like Sophie best, go with White Collar; if you like Eliot best, go with Burn Notice. :)

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On April 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm lee said...

Thank you! I liked Burn Notice until it got too violent for me. I still love Michael though, so I might be able to pick it up again.

I’ll try White Collar and Hustle. The con business is fascinating.

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On April 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm Peggy said...

Forgot to add: if you have Amazon Prime or your library carries it, Veronica Mars is a great one if Parker’s your favorite (tiny blonde with social issues tries to solve her best friend’s murder). Does feature rape and violence so may be triggering, and Veronica is a Sophie on the outside, but excellent writing and acting and Veronica is a private eye in training, so has “cases” but hey often involve some cons. ;)

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On April 15, 2014 at 1:19 am Jenny said...

White Collar was terrific until this year. I quit mid season.
Haven’t tried Hustle yet, but I’ve heard good things.

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On April 17, 2014 at 11:50 am Nance said...

Hustle is terrific. Community of experts, they’re in it for the money except when they decide someone needs help. There was an original cast, featured on A&E in the U.S., and a later reboot with a slightly different cast. Robert Vaughn is in both versions.

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On April 14, 2014 at 11:15 am Gin said...

Also check out the BBC series, Hustle. Same basic premise: grifters going after bad guys.

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On April 14, 2014 at 8:11 am Mary (Egads) said...

My husband’s doctor recommended Zyrtec for the tree pollen that’s the current problem. Like M above, I sometimes boost it with benadryl, but mostly it works fine alone.

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On April 14, 2014 at 10:01 am Allie said...

Have you tried both Claritin and Claritin D? (Separately, I mean.) Cuz they do different things. I do Flonase in the morning and Claritin at night, and the world’s been a better place for years. Although I think it also helps to be out of NJ. Not sure if you’re north or south, though. The more garden part of the Garden State can really getcha.

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On April 16, 2014 at 2:10 pm joyce said...

Have you been able to get Flonase where you live. I live in Chicago and for months, have been told it is on back order. Very frustrating because Flonase is the bomb.

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On April 14, 2014 at 10:20 am Peggy said...

I took Allegra daily for 21 years before getting acupuncture, and I’ve taken Benadryl once in the 18 months since then. So if you’re open to acupuncture, I highly recommend it.

Best of luck with getting through it, though–allergies are no fun at all!

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On April 14, 2014 at 11:17 am Gin said...

None of the pills have ever worked for me. I had high hopes for Nasacort (the nasal steroid) that is advertised as derailing more allergy causes than histamines, and which recently went from prescription to OTC. I started it a week ago, and I thought it was helping, but either it’s not really helping, or OMG could it possibly be worse if I weren’t using it?

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On April 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm Julie H. said...

Well darn. I was hoping Nasacort would be helpful. The pitch sounds really good. LOL. But I guess that’s why they call it advertising, eh?

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On April 14, 2014 at 11:32 am Kay said...

Allegra helps me, and I’m sure you’ve tried that, but a friend of mine uses a neti pot and swears by it. I think the neti pot option is disgusting beyond words, but when everything else fails…

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On April 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm Mitchiewitch said...

I’m here to tell you that the neti pot is a disgusting experience but an effective one. I live with three cats to whom I am allergic, so take Allegra daily ( year round) but when they begin to shed their winter coats and trees begin to bloom – things get out of hand. This is when I begin to use the neti pot for relief. I use it bent over the kitchen sink, with one side of my face parallel to the bottom of the sink. Then half way through the liquid in the pot, I turn my face so the other side is facing the bottom of the sink. Don’t ever tip your head back when using the thing or you’ll start choking.

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On April 15, 2014 at 10:46 am pixie said...

I swear by the neti pot and use it daily (considering it just part of good health care like brushing my teeth) rather than waiting for things to get out of hand. And during extremely high pollen counts I’ll use it a second time just to keep clean. I can’t recall the last time I’ve taken meds for allergies. I don’t find it particularly disgusting, but I usually use mine in the shower, so I’m all wet anyways.

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On April 17, 2014 at 10:40 pm G and T said...

I also swear by neti– helpful in cold and flu season, and sometimes it helps with the headaches from hell.

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On April 24, 2014 at 10:29 pm Marlowe said...

NeilMed is a squeeze bottle applicator and powder which leaves the Neti pot in the dust, imo. No weird head turning is necessary and the feeling of cleanliness is unbelievable. It totally makes up for the strands of snot that exit my nose along with the cat dander that tortures me.

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On April 14, 2014 at 9:33 pm Kelly S said...

I’ve used the squirt bottle equivalent. Wasn’t too bad. I used it in the shower. What Mitchiewitch said is true, don’t tip your head back.

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On April 15, 2014 at 1:21 am Jenny said...

Urg. Will try.
I am getting a LOT of sleep this way, though.

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On April 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm Vannessa said...

N.B. sterilize your water before using..there’s that weird amoeba in the water that’s safe to drink but will totally wreak your brain

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On April 24, 2014 at 10:32 pm Marlowe said...

It’s best to use distilled water but, with NeilMed, there’s no need to do anything other than hold your head over the bathroom sink and irrigate your nose.

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On April 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm Julie H. said...

Allergies blow. :( Mine tend to cause tooth pain which just adds to the thrill-ride. I take Zyrtec as well, but I’ve been eying that new OTC allergy nasal spray out of curiosity. But the product that’s been saving me and has really, really helped is Arm & Hammer’s Simply Saline Nasal Relief spray. You can use it to mist or you can use it to irrigate. Best thing ever. Helps keep my ears clear when allergies make them stuffy, as well as just giving me sinus relief. My sinus infections are way, way down from year to year since I started using that. Tooth pain, too.

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On April 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm katyL said...

I second the Simply Saline–although tagline on my is nasal mist (no arm & hammer mention I remember). But it’s good & pleasant to use. No muss, no fuss, no steroids. And good for more than just allergies. Hubby uses it after work conferences, plane travel, etc. to clear possible germs from sharing enclosed recycled air.

I’ve only been dealing with allergy/lung issues since anaphylactic reaction to antibiotics about ten years ago and can’t tolerate drugs, so I’m always on the lookout for natural help. Lately, I’ve turned to Nespresso coffee. Seriously. Was never a coffee drinker but find that just one cup on days with inflammation, opens up my airways. Take a low caffeine flavour, unsweetened, with bit of low-fat coconut milk. No drowsy effects & best tasting “med” I ever took;)

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On April 15, 2014 at 5:43 am Ash said...

Hope you find something that works……

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On April 15, 2014 at 11:39 am robena grant said...

I take Claritin some times. My Doc said if it isn’t working switch to Zyrtec because they each work on different things. Then I use a squeeze bottle of saline for little kids *grin* it’s called Little Noses, and it works gently. Can’t quite work myself up to the neti pot. I’m such a baby.
Hope you feel better soon.

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On April 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm Julie H. said...

Robena, if you want to try irrigation but the neti pot freaks you out, check out the Arm & Hammer Simply Saline spray. It comes in a metal canister with a misty nozzle that, if you continue to press down on, turns into a very manageable stream for irrigation. Must less intimidating for me than the neti pot.

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On April 16, 2014 at 8:59 am Susanne said...

I’ll try that Julie. In a fit of bravado I bought the Nettie Pot, but have never used it. The spray sounds like something I could try. I don’t have allergies but the sinus headaches are wearisome.

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On April 16, 2014 at 11:33 am robena grant said...

Sounds good, Julie. Thanks.

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On April 15, 2014 at 8:23 pm Polly said...

Just a warning, for some people (including me), Zyrtec is NOT non-drowsy. If I take a zyrtec, I’m out for 24 hours and cannot force myself up. I thought I had developed some crazy illness at first, till I realized it was the zyrtec. I had been on it for months at the time, and the drowsiness developed over time. I talked to my doctor, who commented how surprised she had been when zyrtec was marketed as a non-drowsy med, as lots of people have the drowsiness.

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On April 15, 2014 at 9:58 pm Kelly S said...

Zyrtec totally knocks me out. I’m zombie like for 24-36 hours after one of those pills. I’ll sleep like the dead too for about 12 or so hours.

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On April 15, 2014 at 9:26 pm sara said...

How are you feeling, Jenny? Btw, did the blog break for awhile there? It was nerve wracking when the page wouldn’t load.

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On April 16, 2014 at 2:19 am Jenny said...

I keep falling asleep now, even without the meds. I’ll figure it out. So far I’ve lost my Leverage notes and called so far behind on my to do list that it’s a hopeless case. I think the key will probably staying inside with the air conditioner but since it’s going to get down to 28 tonight, the air conditioner isn’t really an option.
OTOH, Krissie and I watched RED 2 tonight. She liked it, I was sputtering with repressed rage. And that made me watch RED again to see why, and I realized that RED is just about a perfect script, and RED 2 was a rip-off of surface elements without the incredible craft of the first one. Which is weird because I think it was the same writers. So if I can stay away to type more than a paragraph later this week, there will probably be a RED vs RED2 post. Plus “The Inside Job” if I can find my freaking notes. Argh

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On April 16, 2014 at 8:59 am Kelly S said...

Amazon sent me an email letting me know all of the Leverage seasons DVDs and many of Burn Notice were on sale today. Between 25-45% off. Not certain if it extends beyond the U.S.

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On April 16, 2014 at 10:38 am Paula said...

Alfalfa capsules work allergy miracles for me. I take 2-3 with 1000 mg of vitamin C. It is magical – better than any drugs I’ve ever tried.

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On April 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm Sure Thing said...

I use the saline rinse that comes with a plastic bottle. Add warm water, the salt that comes with it, or table salt and shake. Over the bathroom sink, easily done, no worse than coughing globs of phlegm to spit. It is worth any initial squickness that you feel.

Nasal spray about 15 minutes after. Nightly antihistamine also. When I lapse, it is obvious.

Hope you feel better.

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On April 16, 2014 at 11:47 pm Relce said...

I hope the allergies pass soon.

If you aren’t averse to alternative remedies, you might give Bresol a try next year.
Start taking the tablets from the beginning or middle of March; it works best as a preventive medicine.
My brother suffers from severe respiratory and chest congestion problems during pollen season in April, but has been free of allergies the two years he has been taking Bresol.


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On April 17, 2014 at 2:36 am Kimberly said...

I like the nasal sprays and thought Claritin prescription was awesome. Like a godsend. Stop eating wheat or starches and have lots of green juices at lunch time or before dinner. A dietary shift away from starch with plenty of vegetables and whole fruits aids with the minimization of my allergies to the point of not having them any more. Unless of course you do this now, then sorry. Tough season.

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On April 17, 2014 at 11:53 am Nance said...

For the allergies, look for Function drinks’ Urban Detox. When the tree pollen or the grass pollen have me wiped out, I drink half to one 16-oz bottle a day and after a few days I feel the improvement. Prices vary. I try to keep it under $2 a bottle. Amazon sometimes has a 12-pack at that price. I prefer the citrus prickly pear flavor, but there are others.

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On April 18, 2014 at 6:35 am Bona said...

I don’t konw what to say, as I don’t have that health problem but I can imagine how terrible and exhausting must be, so I’m glad you have shared it with us. Your web page has a list of older articles so wonderful that it’s a kind of backlist that keeps as reading until you feel well enough to keep on writing.

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