#SundayPost: Allergies from Hell


Posted September 20, 2020 in review Tags:


Welcome to this week’s Sunday Post. This feature is brought to you by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, so swing by after you are done here and get the full list of participants!


  •   Scandalous Prince by Rachel Van Dyken
  •   Lullabies and Lies by Sarina Bowen

Books releasing this week:

Ruth Bade Ginsberg was a remarkable woman. She is an inspiration to many and her death is truly a loss.

ARCs thanks to the authors and publishers:

Make it Sweet by Kristen Callihan

Y’all, my allergies are just out of control! I have been wearing my contacts (because glasses and a mask are not working for me) but I couldn’t even wear my contacts this week. Every morning my eyes were so swollen and goopy. My nose is stuffy. My head hurts. It’s been awful. Having to wear a mask when you need to blow your nose every 10 minutes is crappy, and having to wear a mask with glasses sucks too. I was constantly readjusting the mask to find the sweet spot that didn’t steam up my classes. So, the whole “don’t touch your face” advice from the CDC? That just isn’t happening. Oh well!

The weather was amazing this week! The mornings were cool and crisp. It was awesome. Bring on Fall (because it means we are getting close to WINTER!!!)!

My coteacher and I reworked some things this week for our classroom. It feels good to have a new plan to tackle some of the gaps we have noticed. Hopefully it helps, but even if it doesn’t, I think we have gotten comfortable enough with each other to suggest and discuss other options. Its nice!

So I finally got my medication. I was going to try and wait until the end of the month when I had more money in my HSA. However, I realized it just wasn’t a good idea. So, I used the $450 in my HSA and paid $450 cash. I’m so lucky that this was even an option for me-not many people would have been able to afford a random, unexpected $450 expense. It certainly wiped out any extra in my bank account, but it was a necessary expense. I have always had GREAT insurance and while I knew others who have struggled, this is the first time I have personally experienced a high deductible plan. It’s so awful it should be criminal. How can we have one of the best health care systems if it is only accessible to some? The plus side is with that $900 prescription I am almost half way to my deductible, so that’s good.

So, whats new with you this week? Did you read any of the same books I did? Did you find any great book deals I need to grab ASAP? Let me know in the comments!

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9 responses to “#SundayPost: Allergies from Hell

  1. That’s great that you and your cooperating teacher are working well together. You never know how those things will work out, so definitely a plus. I hope you get some relief from your allergies. I have heard it is tough with glasses and the mask.

  2. I hope you find a solution on your allergies. I didn’t get help until I was 40ish. It turned out Allegra was the only one which worked for me in combo with a nasal spray Nasonex (finally generic version in 2017) and now for 19 years I have not had a cold. Yeah, some of those constant colds / sinus stuff were allergies. It’s pollens, molds, dust and cats for me. It was year round too. But now I almost never have problems. But health insurance has not been great the last 20 years either and the Nasonex was often $250 a month because insurance didn’t want to cover it. The OTC sprays have scents which guess what I’m allergic to cosmetics and many scents. I’m crushed about RGB because the GOP is trying to get rid of the ACA and the Supreme Court Case is Nov 10th. If they get rid of it my health insurance will likely cost $12,000 MORE a year. And I don’t use it except for a yearly checkup and a $10 a month prescription which is the same without insurance. They don’t cover the Allegra or nasal spray. Well I do get a pap smear or mammogram every couple of years. Sorry for the health rant.

    I’m glad your new school is working out for you. I hope you get to read some great books and feel better soon.

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  3. So sorry to hear you are suffering so badly! I’m glad you have been able to afford the medication – and yes… it seems dreadful that folks only have access to full treatment if they can afford it. I hope you soon feel a lot better and that the coming week is a good one for you. I’m delighted that you have forged a positive working relationship with your colleague:)

  4. I’m so sorry t ohear about RBG! Such a loss. And I’m glad you were able to get your medication, but I agree- it’s ridiculous the way our system is set up. So maddening… And allergies are the worst, especially with a mask. I hope you feel better this week. Everything sucks right now, seems like lol.

    I am so ready for fall!

  5. Yeah, wearing glasses while wearing a mask sucks! I have to do it everyday for work. Sorry to hear you’re having issues with allergies. That sucks about your health insurance, but I’m happy you’re liking your new job.

    Wrong Alibi looks good. I don’t think I’ve read any Christina Dodd, but I might have to go download that one.

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  6. Ugh I’m sorry about your allergies, that sounds miserable. And yep, our health insurance situation is crap. I’ve had good and I’ve had bad. I finally have a decent one again, but still things are just too expensive. We’ve got to fix things.

    I’m so glad things are going well with your coteacher! Having someone to work with that you respect (and respects you) is so important!

    Have a great week! With less allergies 🤞

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