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RE: Re: Today/now polls

Fran, as a fellow allergy prone asthmatic, I can sympathize.  What are your
allergies?  I have indoor, outdoor, tactile and food/medicinal allergies.
What most triggers your asthma?

When necessary, I wear a mask.  Mostly, I try to find items that are large
pollen plants (doesn't float in the air so easily) and I avoid grasses (that
I'm allergic to for certain.)  If I garden earlier in the morning, before
everything dries out, there is less pollen floating about and fewer
pollutants in general.  Of course, the air may also be a bit heavier, so
that doesn't always work when the asthma is bad.  

I think you also need to pace yourself.  Dig a little and catch your breath.
I've been known when things were bad (on crutches & allergies and asthma
acting up) to place a tarp down, lay on the tarp-or kneel--and hand dig,
weed, prune, etc.  

What meds are you on?  Once we found meds that worked especially well for
me, I could garden more than previously.  Also, several years of allergy
shots (second round of multi-year shots) have helped a great deal.  The
anti-histamines in tablet form have not been as helpful as prescription
nasal inhalers & sprays for me.  They have been a God-send.  

I send my sympathies at the loss of your horse, Fran.  That had to be very
difficult for you.  Our four legged friends do tend to become close family

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of F M Ferrari
Sent: Friday, November 05, 2004 10:00 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] Today/now polls

Hello Pam! I've been "out of it" all summer. Diagnosed with asthma, I've
been low key just trying to focus on getting well and adjusting. Luckily
for me, my allergist is a gardener, active in the OK Hort group and
understands. But, just this past month, I'm back out in the yard and
even back to my riding although I had to put my horse down a few weeks
ago. So, been meaning to ask the group about how they garden and handle
the allergies and asthma. Fran, OKC

<gardenqueen@academicplanet.com> wrote:Fran darlin' - good to hear from you.
I respect everyone on this list
and regardless of their choices, I know each and every one of you had
good reason to make said choices. As such, my regard for all of you
remains undiminished. And will continue as such. This is America and
that's the beauty of it. We don't have to agree on every single issue to
maintain respect and friendship.

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: F M Ferrari
Sent: 11/3/2004 9:11:46 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Today/now polls

Oh well and I'm proudly wearing red today! Glad we're in the US and not
some place where we can't disagree. Yesterday showed that we all can
have a say in an election when everyone gets off their butts to vote.
Someone had to win and someone had to loose. Kerry's speech this
afternoon showed that even though he lost the election, he is not a
loser. I actually gained some respect for him and how he handled the
election results.

Although I disagree on many of the issues on the Republican platform and
Bush, I became one after 20 plus years of being an Independent. I just
got tired of all the "disenfranchised" and "entitled" talk of other
parties and tired of clinton and gore.

Funny, but it was a Republican, Frank Keating, who actually made me
proud to have chosen Oklahoma as my home. Okay, my husband also and he's
in heaven with the results here (he's a "special assistant" to our Lt.
governor - a female Republican - and worked for Keating). So judge me by
my party affiliations and stereotype me but then be guilty of the very
behavior that I'm accused of.

Fran, OKC

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