|this is not me but it looked very similar|
My allergy doctor is pretty sure that at least some of my joint pain/ exhaustion is due to these allergies. I've also had problems with my throat swelling so much it was hard to eat and various other similar things. I did also get the results of the X-rays that were done back in May and they said my hands and lower spine looked fine but my feet had a lot of evidence of "cartilage-loss" arthritis. So, no wonder they hurt like hell sometimes. Basically then, my whole body is in a huge state of inflammation and it's bad enough that it's gone into my bones in some areas. My ENT feels it's pretty bad and is treating it fairly aggressively. So, this means 2 types of allergy meds and customized drops under my tongue 3 times a day. After 4 weeks I'll go to shots (not under my tongue tho!) and will eventually probably have to learn to give myself the shots. And...to remove myself from the offending particles as much as possible.
Now, with grass, I don't even know how this is possible other than I don't cut grass anymore. Which I don't anyway; Jack does it willingly but I can't really even help anymore. I have to wear a mask in and around the chicken coop and don't let the girls sit in my lap much anymore. Apparently, chicken dander is a lot like cat dander and I also reacted somewhat to cat but nothing to dog! Chigger was relieved.
My diet will obviously switch around a little too. I won't be adhering as strictly to the no-starch thing but some of the new restrictions do overlap, like no yeast or malt, because those things are in many baked goods and so on. But I can eat sushi again!!! just with no soy sauce.
The bad thing is the mold and for reasons most people would not think. Pottery clay is FULL of mold. The type I reacted the worst to is also in garden soil and compost piles. So, this puts a big crimp in things. Basically, I need to find a new source of income and get away from clay. And no, it's very difficult to wear a good enough respirator while throwing and doing clay work. Plus, it's just an process of elimination. I need to remove myself from it to see what happens so I can verify that is the culprit. I also need to support myself financially while I do this. A number of people have kinda poo-pooed by decision to leave clay but I said, after a while and you are hurting SO bad and to the point of having to inject yourself with drugs on a regular basis...it's just not worth it anymore. There is LOTS of other art I can do and if I may say so myself, I'm pretty darn good at some of that other art.
I will not go back into construction field work either.; my feet and back cannot take that stuff anymore but I might do something related. I'd love to do more restoration work and I've talked about that before. There is also sales of construction materials, job photography, quality control etc. I'm really open to a variety of work possibilities. Just got to get out there and see what's available. I also have to stay in clay long enough to do the show next month that I was accepted into but I'm going to see if I can back out of the one in November I am also scheduled for.
So, I finally feel that maybe I am getting somewhere. I do have some real issues with real arthritis but hopefully, some of this is brought on by these allergies and can be corrected.