491st Friday Blog Roundup
I’ve never really struggled with seasonal allergies. It’s a fact that I’m sort of proud of. I may or may not have put it on my resume. But this spring, the Pollen Vortex (spring’s response to winter’s Polar Vortex) is hitting me hard. I finally gave in at the beginning of the week and got Allegra.
It took a lot for me to put the box of allergy medication in my shopping cart despite feeling like crap. I felt like grabbing the woman stocking medicines at the end of the aisle and shouting in her face, “I don’t have allergies! I don’t need this.” But I didn’t do that because that would be inappropriate and wholly false. My watery eyes, sneezing nose, and itchy throat were all evidence to the contrary.
So I took my first Allegra, and an hour later, I felt like a different person. Everything on my face had dried up. The pressure in my head receded. I felt foolish that I had waited so long to try Allegra; what was the big deal about admitting I had allergies? I marveled at how quickly the medicine acted, and people informed me that it likely wasn’t the medicine at all since it takes days to get up to full strength. I am choosing to ignore this fact.
I am a new woman. A new, much dryer woman.
Speaking of my watery eyes, did you know that just as you are right handed or left handed, you are also right-eye dominant or left-eye dominant? I didn’t know this until this week. But I discovered during an email exchange that I am right handed but left eye dominant. This explains why I have terrible aim.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “A Blast to the Head” (A Crack in Everything)
- “25 Worst Expression to Say to an Infertile Friend” (Waiting for Baby Bird)
Okay, now my choices this week.
It’s NIAW, so obviously, a lot of the posts in the blogosphere either addressed the theme or discussed NIAW in general.
Searching for Our Silver Lining has a post about the emotional impact of infertility. She addresses how isolating an experience infertility can be when you are surrounded by people easily conceiving and delivering babies. She writes, “With each surprise pregnancy announcement from others on the heels of another BFN or miscarriage, stealing ourselves became survival mechanism.” It’s a great post that should be shared near and far.
Where the *Bleep* is Our Stork also has a NIAW post, responding to an insensitive sentiment posted on a blog. She takes us through her anger and doubt and confusion and finally to the peace that comes when she realizes how much love she has known in this world. I absolutely love the final two paragraphs of the post.
The Great Big IF has a post about why she didn’t write a NIAW post this year despite intending to do so. She writes about how infertility drains her emotionally, keeping her from both reaching out to others also experiencing infertility as well as diving into non-IF endeavours. She writes, “So, while I would love to resolve to know more about a lot of things, the truth is, I’m not sure I can make that promise now. Maybe when I’m not so up to my eyeballs in my own trench I might be ready. One day.” A very honest post.
Lastly, Bereaved and Blessed writes about the only picture she has of her whole family on the day that her daughter was born and died. She has always had mixed feelings about this photo, especially the way she looks in it. But a friend tells her how she sees the photograph, changing the lens through which the author views herself, holding her little girl.
The roundup to the Roundup: I may or may not have allergies. I am left-eye dominant. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between April 18th and April 25th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.