As I sit here at my computer on a beautiful Sunday morning overlooking Lake Rosseau, I should be reveling at the beauty of nature. Instead, I’m sniffling away, and frustrated with my stupidity of forgetting to bring my water ionizer with me to the cottage this weekend.
It is the last weekend of the “real” summer in Ontario. While fall doesn’t officially begin for a couple more weeks, summer realistically ends for us when the kids go back to school after Labor Day. It has become a family ritual to spend the last days of summer at the cottage before life gets crazy again. Ragweed grows all over southern Ontario, and it obviously loves Muskoka as much as we do.
I started to suffer from ragweed allergy when I was fifteen years old, which according to my kids, was about 100 years ago. From about the middle of August until the first frost, ragweed just wears you out if you suffer from the allergy. Those who have experienced stuffed up noses, sneezing, and teary eyes know exactly what I’m talking about. Before I started drinking ionized water, I basically had to put my life on hold for six weeks or more each fall, because of sleep deprived nights, and the inability to work at a computer or a desk because of a dripping nose and teary eyes. Forget sports or having fun, as ragweed season was always a time for me to hibernate.
I took the prescription drug applied by the four needles each summer for years. I have also tried every over the counter product available from drug stores. While the needles seemed to lessen the symptoms marginally, nothing short of going away on a cruise (my wife’s favorite solution) provided any relief.
The first year that I started drinking alkaline ionized water, I was so surprised by the fact that the water got rid of my acid reflux and arthritis, I didn’t even notice that I was not suffering from ragweed. Not a sniffle, not a sneeze! It wasn’t until my son caught a cold in November and graciously passed it around the family that I felt the symptoms of having a cold. It was then that I realized that the water did more for me than fix acid reflux and arthritis.
Now back to today and my stuffy nose and teary eyes. We are at the cottage for our last blast of summer. As we packed up a few days ago, the water ionizer didn’t make the trip as golf clubs and food seemed to be more important. Not a problem with ragweed for the first couple of days, but last night, I started to sneeze and sneeze and sneeze. I got up early this morning as sleeping was out of the question, and moving around helps. I also thought my wife would appreciate a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.
The weather is just too nice to cut the trip short for the family so that I can have my water. So, I’m off for a boat ride to find out if a mile or two offshore is enough distance to keep the pollen from finding my nose. Not exactly a cruise, but a day on the water seems like a great alternative.
I know ragweed doesn’t seem very important compared to cancer and other diseases, but for the few weeks when you are suffering, it is hard to think of anything else. Don’t forget your water ionizer if you suffer from ragweed!
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