The Anonymous Widower

I’m Glad I’m Getting Pfizer As My Booster

In Hay Fever, Coeliac Disease And The AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine, I summarised the battle going on in my body over the last few months, between hay fever and the AstraZeneca vaccine.

I wonder what my strong immune system will make of the Pfizer vaccine. I must admit, I’m tempted to just continue with my gluten-free diet and let my immune system sort out the squabble on its own!

September 15, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hay Fever, Coeliac Disease And The AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine

I am 73 and was diagnosed as a coeliac at 50.

I am fairly sure, I have suffered from hay fever all my life, but usually I can control it.

This year, it has been particularly bad and I asked my GP about it last night. He indicated it had been a bad year.

I then said that as being a coeliac I have a strong immune system and from what I have read, the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine also boosts the immune system.

I just wonder, if my coeliac disease and the vaccine are both attacking the hay fever and making me feel, so much worse than in any other year.

Certainly, all I want to do, is lie down!

I’m certainly so much worse than I was last year, when Covid-19 was the same, but I hadn’t been vaccinated.

The only time my eyes felt so bad was sometime around 2000, when they were so sore, I had to have an operation to remove polyps.

This could have been a few years after I went gluten-free, which would surely have boosted my immune system.


July 28, 2021 Posted by | Health | , , , | 5 Comments

Am I Finally Solving My Childhood Health Problems?

I wasn’t the healthiest of children. We lived in a very cold part of London a few hundred metres from Oakwood station and to say our house was cold would be an understatement.

I seemed to spend at least one term of each school year off sick with a problem that my doctor had no idea about.  I’m not particularly sure which term I had off, but I do know in my first year at Minchenden it was the Spring term, as no-one could understand why after a good first term, I deteriorated in the next.

Other memories of the time, are saucepans of cotton handkerchiefs boiling on the gas stove. As after all there weren’t any tissues in those days.

I can also remember panicking at times and having fights with my mother as she struggled to clean my ears out, as they were rather full of wax.

But it all seemed to disappear, when I was thirteen or so, and I can’t remember any problems after my first year at Minchenden. Perhaps that was after, my grandmother died and I got to have the big sunny room at the back of the house, which was much warmer. This death may be more significant than I think, as it finally gave my father control of the business and finances in the family were much better and we started to have longer and more holidays. Soon after we bought the house in Felixstowe, where of course the air was fresher and it wasn’t quite as cold.

Going to Liverpool was probably a good move, as it faces to the west and for a city in the 1960s, the air was probably pretty good.

I met C in 1966  and really since then I didn’t have too many health problems until after she died in 2007. When I was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2003, i thought that would be the explanation of my my childhood health problems.

I should also say that I’ve always said that I liked being at altitude and seemed to feel better in places like Denver.  I also flew light aircraft a lot and loved going up high.

But it wasn’t as after C died, the runny nose started to return and I put it down to hay fever. But tests have shown it is nothing of the case, but just rhinitis and a very runny nose.

So are there any other factors that might come into it.

My grandfather died of asthma and pneumonia in his forties and I suspect he carried the coeliac gene, like my father probably did. I have no proof of that except that none of the women in that line of my family have ever given birth and undiagnosed coeliac disease is a cause of failing to conceive. My father definitely had breathing problems and suffered badly from catarrh   He was always taking menthol tablets and he used to give them to me, but they made little difference to my problems.  So perhaps, what my father and I had were different, but the older I get, the more I think our problems were similar. But of course, he was never diagnosed with coeliac disease and he smoked a pipe.

When I met C I was just 19, so for forty years of my life I lived with her and it was if she warded off the rhinitis. That is really a silly idea to even think it.  But last week my GP suggested I get a Sinus Rinse to wash the muck out of my nose.

It got me thinking. C was a great lover of deep hot baths and usually had one every day.  To save hot water, she’d always leave it for me afterwards and I would get in and often wash my hair.  Now she laid back into the water to wash hers, but I knelt and put my head forward under the water. Afer she dued one of my first actions was to put a proper shower into the bedroom.

So did this daily bath to keep my sinuses clear? And did the shower make it all worse?

I don’t know, but I have certainly felt a bit better since I’ve had a morning bath.

The bath seems to have helped another of my childhood problems that has returned.  As a child I used to suffer badly from cramp, when I was asleep.  I used to get out of bed and put my foot on the cold lino. This symptom started again, when I moved here.

This post is very much a ramble, but underneath everything there seems to be a pattern emerging.

But at least nothing seems to be life-threatening.  And of course I grew out of it once.

February 17, 2013 Posted by | Health, World | , , | 3 Comments

A Bin of Wet Tissues a Day

It seems that every day, I throw away a bin-full of wet tissues, as my nose is running so much.

I’ve never had hay fever like this before! It just goes on and on!

May 15, 2012 Posted by | Health, World | | Leave a comment

92 Clubs – Day 35 – A Day Off

I had to go to the doctor, so I took this day off.  I also wanted to see a debate on the media in the evening in the local church.

We were all sitting drinking glasses of wine in the nave.

November 7, 2011 Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

92 Clubs – Day 23 – A Day Off

It was a Sunday and because of the hay fever and things that I needed to do, like sort out my tablets and get some food in, I took the day off.

October 30, 2011 Posted by | Health, Sport, Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

92 Clubs – Day 15 – A Day Off

Because of the need to slow down a bit and the severity of my hay fever, I decided to take the day off.

October 18, 2011 Posted by | Health, Sport, Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

92 Clubs – The Biggest Problem

This does seem to be the pollen count and my hay fever.  Would you believe that the count is High today in Coventry!

But my balance seem to be better.  I did complain here about Virgin’s Pendolinos, but now I can walk up and down the moving train with ease.

October 11, 2011 Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment

I’ve Hardly Ever Slept Like I Did Last Night

I fell asleep on the living room floor at about 17:00.  I got up about 20:00 and then went to bed, where I slept some more.

I did get up at  about two in the morning for an hour or so, but other than that I slept through until five, when I got up to watch the rugby.

It could be the hay fever drugs.  Either they’re sending me to sleep or they’re winning.

September 18, 2011 Posted by | Health, World | | Leave a comment

Nose Bleeds and Hay Fever

I was travelling on a bus today, when I sneezed so hard that my nose bled.  So I had to get off and get some more tissues. The only shop was a Tesco and there was a queue, so I used the quick self-service till.  It was difficult as all I wanted was two small packs of tissues and I couldn’t get past one stage because the maschine kept tellimg me to swipe my loyalty card and asking me how many bags I needed.

I don’t do loyalty, unless it’s been earned.

Tesco were lucky that the one bloody tissue I did have was enough to at least stop the blood going all over their floor.

September 13, 2011 Posted by | Health, World | , | Leave a comment