At what point do you cease having allergies, and allergies have you? Three years after moving to Texas, I’d gone from living in a happy, healthy environment to having a wide range of local things I’m allergic to (including mesquite, cedar, cottonwood, and pecan pollen.) I’m running out of biomes for living.
Thankfully, I live in a first-world country with the miracles of modern medicine. I have a range of product to choose from, none of which work as well as advertised. And one of the side effects not listed on the bottle? Most of them kill my creativity.
It’s very odd, living in a head that’s empty of all story, and only has a few thoughts rattling around. Do most people do that? It’s very frustrating, too, because if I’m going to be too sick to be at work, darnit, I should be able to work on the WIP!
I am a geek: I’ve started charting my the side effects for this writer:
Claratin-D: completely kills creativity. Works for about 6 hours.
Benadryl: Wow, it’s empty in my head with no thoughts at all. And then I pass out.
Allegra (24 hr): Writing is choked down to 2 paragraphs in 6 hours. The effectiveness against pollen seems to stop about 4-6 hours in.
Zyrtec (24 hr): Got 1000 words in, so yay! Seems to be mostly but not completely effective for about 4 hours, and then barely takes the edge off for another 4.
Oh similar pollen sufferers, how does this jibe with your experience?