Now I’ve gone and done it!

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Or at least, my allergies have gone and done it.

Up to now my allergies have just been annoying. They keep me from fully enjoying social gatherings, since I’m allergic to a lot of foods and fragrance triggers asthma in me.

You may think that I miss eating all those yummy goodies, but avoiding the wrong food is the easy part.

People who don’t know me well think I’m anti-social. Especially when they reach out to give me a hug and I practically sprint away. It isn’t that I don’t want to be friendly, it’s only that their perfume jumped ahead of them and gave me a fragrance sock right on my nose. My heart might be saying, “how sweet, a friend,” but my lungs are screaming, “poison…run!”

That’s bad enough. But now, now my stupid allergies have now gone too far. They made me lose a job.

I tried to stick it out. I struggled to concentrate as each waft of fragrance was matched by a wave of dizziness. I lasted up to the point when that elephant pranced into the room, sat on my chest, and wiggled around to find a comfortable seat. I knew then that it was a lost cause.

I’ve heard that acupuncture relieves allergies, for some people. I should give it a try. Nothing else has ever helped.

Yep, I really should think about it.

I really should.

After all, what choice do I really have? I can be an unemployed anti-socialite or a pin cushion.

You would think the decision would be easy, wouldn’t you?


What do you think?