I would say that my immunotherapy has been quite--although not completely--successful. For the few years before my shots, no amount or type of over the counter allergy medicine would even touch my symptoms. For two years in a row, I spent several weeks with significant hearing loss in one or both ears because they were so clogged up.
Am I allergy free today? Sadly, no. However, I can do so many things now that I couldn't before. Here are some wonderful things I can do now:
- Go outside in the spring
- Stand outside while Brendan mows the lawn and even help sweep up grass clippings
- Sit on actual grass for significant amounts of time
- Be with my cats
- Pick up a dusty book or two without going into sneezing fits
- Vacuum with a HEPA vacuum (not that I actually do that, but I could if I wanted to!)
- Retain my hearing in the spring and also my sense of smell without fun complications like conjunctivitis or wheezing
- Dust things in my house
- Attend my kid's soccer and t-ball games
- Have a picnic with friends
- Spend all day outside
- Go hiking/geocaching
- Exercise, indoors and out, without coughing and sometimes wheezing
I never realized the extent to which my allergies had negatively affected my quality of life until the last couple years. How awesome that there was something I could do about it!
Overall, I'm pleased. I will still need to use medication in the spring and when things get bad inside the house. But I'm so glad I got this over with now, so I can enjoy outdoor life with my family, especially now that my kids are getting a tiny bit older. I can imagine how horrible I'd feel if I had to miss all of their outdoor activities due to my allergies.
Now if I can just get rid of this sinus infection! My first ever, and yes, directly due to those stupid allergies--dust in particular--and a certain burning need to declutter my house of old, unused, dusty items. The timing of this follow up with my allergist couldn't have been better. Now I have a "housecleaning" allergy plan, so there's something anyway.